As an infant, Vivienne suffered from eczema and what my husband and I thought was severe colic, but in hindsight, we now realize that her ailments were tied to my diet, since I was breastfeeding. After a very scary Thanksgiving (& first birthday), we learned that Vivienne has FPIES to eggs, IgE allergies to bananas, corn, pistachios, and cashews, as well as an intolerance to wheat.
I resorted to making all of her meals and snacks from scratch, but quickly realized that was not a sustainable solution for our busy family. I searched for meal and snack options that would meet her dietary restrictions, my nutritional standards, and still taste good, but I came away from store shelves feeling frustrated and disappointed. And that’s when the idea for Partake Foods was born.
My goal for Partake Foods is to provide a top 8 allergen free solution for every meal and snack occasion – one that is not only allergy friendly, but also tastes good and is made with simple, whole food ingredients. Our first products are 3 flavors of mini cookies – Sprouted Grain Chocolate Chip, Carrot Oat, and Sweet Potato Millet – that are all Free of the Top 8 Allergens, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Vegan, and Non GMO Project Verified. They’re made with simple ingredients, and we skipped the rice flour, gums, and stabilizers that you find in so many allergy friendly products – We also threw in some real fruits and vegetables!
My hope is that Partake will not only be a part of the solution, but also will contribute to figuring out what’s causing the stark rise in food allergy incidence, so we donate a portion of revenue to food allergy research.