Blogger Review: Keeley McGuire Gluten Free Food Blogger www.keeleymcguire.com
“Food can be fun for kids with food allergies. It’s so true. Just because our kids have food allergies or an intolerance doesn’t mean they should feel left out. By making their food fun, they can feel special and be proud of their lunches. Who cares if they can’t eat the “mystery meat” from the cafeteria, because what they have is way better! It’s empowering for them. I know my daughter feels that way.”
Keeley McGuire with the KeeleyMcGuire Blog
Have you ever met someone and thought, I could totally hang with this chic on a daily basis. This woman not only has an incredible business sense, but an amazing personal side. You are immediately set at ease when you meet her with her soft smile, friendly approachability, and hilarious wit and charm! This is what led me to introduce you to her. I LOVE her concept of Easy Allergen Free Lunch Boxes. It has saved me many-a-morn when I stand at the counter, half awake, at my allergy girl’s empty lunch box. Keeley makes it so easy for me. I go straight to her Instagram Account and viola, my work is done!
Name: Keeley McGuire
Web address: www.KeeleyMcGuire.com
Based out of: Michigan
Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?
My daughter is anaphylactic to peanuts, but we avoid all tree nuts too due to CC and her being in a completely nut free class at school. She is also gluten intolerant, so eats completely gluten & wheat free.
What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world?
My daughter started schooling at 1.5 years old – first in speech therapy and then receiving an Educational ASD diagnosis. We had already found out about her food allergy, so I began the process of navigating packing foods for a (at that time) VERY picky eater (due to age and sensory issues). It was my sister who prompted/ inspired me to start a blog. She was my first and only reader for some time. I quickly realized as more parents found my site there were other moms out there just like me struggling to pack lunches and ways to make them more appealing and fun for their kids. That’s when it really became my primary focus. Over the last two years of blogging, I have learned so much about healthy eating, food allergies, and met the most incredible people! It’s really a creative outlet for me, as well.
What is your favorite thing to blog about?
You know it’s funny, my daughter is the primary focus of our site – her allergy friendly fun lunches, which I really do love making – so when I can post a round up of healthy adult lunches, I always enjoy that too. I’m overwhelmed by the responses from parents who admit to not taking the time to make sure not only their kids are eating healthy, but they are too. It’s important we set a good example for them. Plus keeping ourselves energized and healthy keeps us at our best to be there for and take care of our family.
What is your “message”?
“Food can be fun for kids with food allergies.” That slogan, or theme if you will, came about in an interview I did with SunButter about a year and half ago. It’s so true. Just because our kids have food allergies or an intolerance doesn’t mean they should feel left out. By making their food fun, they can feel special and be proud of their lunches. Who cares if they can’t eat the “mystery meat” from the cafeteria, because what they have is way better! It’s empowering for them. I know my daughter feels that way.
Do you have any cookbooks, other blogs, etc that you would like to mention?
I was honored to be a part of the Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook, EasyLunchboxes Edition as a gluten free recipe contributor. I am also a weekly gluten free & allergy friendly recipe contributor to MOMables.com.
What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)
Ooo, I honestly love spoonfuls of SunButter with a few EnjoyLife Chocolate Chips sprinkled on it. It tastes sinfully delicious! Just don’t tell my daughter I do that – I don’t want her getting ideas. lol
Would you like to contribute a recipe ?
Gluten, Dairy, Egg, & Nut Free (photo & recipe towards bottom of post)
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still making lunches I’m sure at some point I’ll have to tone down the cutesy when she becomes a “too cool” teenager but she’ll always need safe healthy foods, and so will I for work. I would honestly love to still be writing for MOMables (Hi Laura!) and hopefully write my own book. That would be a dream!
Would you like to add anything else?
Just have fun! Seriously. It’s not work if you love what you’re doing and that’s why I enjoy our site so much and sharing ideas. Brown sack lunches get boring every day. It doesn’t have to be hard – use a cookie cutter on a sandwich. It takes no more time than cutting the crust off with a knife. Add some silicone cupcake liners and picks for color and to keep foods from touching. Boom! Easy peasy.
What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging?
Interesting fact: I’m a football junkie. I love all sports, really (everything from watching premier league soccer to cycling), but I live for NFL season. LOVE IT.
Thank you, Keeley, for making my life easy and so many children’s with allergy’s lunches enjoyable! Get to know this lady quick and follower blog, IG account, and twitter. I promise you will not regret it!
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