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"Quinoa Salad, Flourless Cake, and Nutty Friends: Lily's Allergy Adventure"

Once upon a time, there was a young woman named Lily who lived in a big city. Lily was born with a rare and severe allergy to birch pollen, which meant that she had to be very careful about what she ate. Her friends and family always made sure to keep her safe, and they loved coming up with creative ways to make sure she could enjoy delicious food without triggering her allergy.

One day, Lily was invited to a potluck party at her friend's house. She was excited to try all the different dishes that her friends had brought, but she knew that she needed to be careful. Her friend had prepared a beautiful cheese platter, but Lily couldn't eat any of it because cheese contains casein, a protein that can trigger her allergy.

Fortunately, another friend had brought a delicious quinoa salad that was safe for Lily to eat. Quinoa is a great alternative to legumes like beans and lentils, which contain a protein called legumin that can also trigger her allergy. Lily was happy to fill her plate with the quinoa salad and enjoy it with her friends.

As the night went on, Lily's friends started passing around bowls of mixed nuts. While nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats, they can also be dangerous for people with birch pollen allergy. As Lily's friends passed the bowls around, they made sure to tell her which nuts were safe for her to eat and which ones to avoid.

Lily's friends had also made sure to prepare a gluten-free dessert for her, as gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that can also cause an allergic reaction. They had made a delicious flourless chocolate cake that was safe for her to enjoy, and Lily was grateful for their thoughtfulness.

Throughout the night, Lily's friends made sure to keep her safe and make her feel included. They had researched which proteins she needed to avoid, and had come up with creative and delicious alternatives that she could enjoy. Lily felt grateful and loved, and she knew that she had the best friends in the world.

In the end, Lily went home feeling happy and satisfied. She knew that her friends had gone out of their way to make sure she could enjoy the party without any fear of triggering her allergy. Lily felt grateful for the people in her life who loved and supported her, and she knew that she could count on them to keep her safe no matter what.

Further reading

  • Geiselhart, Sabine & Hoffmann-Sommergruber, Karin & Bublin, Merima. (2018). Tree nut allergens. Molecular Immunology. 100. 10.1016/j.molimm.2018.03.011.