Colorado Springs Pollen Count for August 23, 2016
Highest Pollens Present:
Weeds: Ragweed, Sagebrush, Chenopod/Amaranth
Allergy Tip of the Day: Food Allergies at a BBQ
Labor Day weekend is time for families and friends to come together and BBQ. Here are some tips for hosts and attendees to make sure your barbeque is safe for everyone.
Talk with the host before attending – If you are going to a summer event, more than likely it is being hosted by a friend. Talk to the host before attending and inform them of any food allergy. Ask about what foods are planning to be served and if there will be foods there that are peanut and tree nut free. Most times the host will take extra precaution to use ingredients that don’t contain peanuts (or other allergens) or if they do have peanuts they will make sure everyone knows so extra precaution can be taken.
Bring “Safe” side dishes or desserts – Offer to bring a side or some favorite dessert so there will be a few things there that are safe to eat.
Without being rude, go first in line – Some BBQ sauces will contain peanuts. If you are at a BBQ ask if your burger or hotdog could be prepared before adding those sauces to other food on the grill. This helps ease the concern of cross contamination.
Eat before you go – If you are going to a BBQ that will be covered with desserts that contain peanuts, or a wedding where you don’t really feel comfortable asking for accommodations, eat before going.
Bring Snacks – This goes with the tip above. If you are there for a long time at an event that has very questionable food, bring snacks like fresh fruit, some carrot sticks, maybe some crackers or a small treat.