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About: Chantel Arsenault

Chantel Arsenault

Chantel has been with Safest Choice for two years and manages social media, digital communications and is the editor of this blog. Previous professional experience includes marketing and public relations. Chantel received a BS in Public Relations from Ball State University in 2007. She enjoys cooking, travel, being outdoors, and trying new restaurants in Chicago.

Recent Posts by Chantel Arsenault

Eggs: A Crucial Ingredient for Gluten-Free Baking

If you are among the one in five Americans aiming to eat gluten-free, perhaps you’ve dabbled in gluten-free baking. You may already know it can be challenging to replicate the texture and pleasure of traditional baked goods when you eliminate gluten from your baking recipes.

The egg, a naturally gluten-free ingredient, can be a gluten-free lifesaver in your kitchen.

Here’s why: gluten is a protein. In the words of the American Egg Board, gluten “entraps and holds air bubbles. A leavening agent causes the gluten network to expand; the heat causes the bubbles to rise, and then the structure sets, forming a combination of expansion, elasticity and rigidity.”

Egg protein complements gluten-free flour

Depending on the variety, gluten levels in traditional wheat flours vary from pastry flour (low) to bread flour

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Halloween Egg Carton Treat Holder DIY

Halloween is an egg-cellent time to get crafty. Our Halloween egg carton treat holders are fun and easy to assemble. Best of all, your little trick-or-treater will absolutely love them!

What you’ll need:

An empty Safest Choice™ egg carton; Acrylic paint (black, white, green, red); Paint brushes; Googly eyes; Hot glue gun + glue sticks; Scissors; Assorted ribbon; Permanent marker; Candy

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On-The-Go Breakfast Shortcut Recipes

With kids heading back-to-school soon, if not already, breakfast might be on-the-go in your house. Below we have shared three of our super quick breakfast shortcut recipes to help you feed your kids something nutritious before you all head out the door for your busy day.

1. Mini Banana Pancakes

2. Quick Banana Muffins 3. Minute Soufflés

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Raw Egg Whites for Smoothies and Traditional Recipes

Should you use raw egg whites in your smoothies? Incorporating adequate high-quality protein into your smoothies increases the nutritional value and impact on your health.

In fact, egg whites offer gold-standard, high-quality protein that is easily used by your body for building muscle, enhancing immune function, and promoting wellness—making them a favorite of fitness fans. You can add raw egg whites to nearly any smoothie recipe for a simple and convenient protein boost.

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Eggs: Safe from Avian Flu?

Do news reports about outbreaks of avian flu or “bird flu” have you wondering?

Recent news of avian flu findings in North America began appearing in December, 2014.  According to Agri-Pulse (April 23, 2015), “The H5N2 strain of avian influenza was first confirmed in January in the Pacific Northwest and has since spread to the Midwest, and recently to Iowa, the nation’s top egg-producing state.”

Avian flu was also confirmed to have spread to Nebraska. On May 14, Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts, declared a state of emergency due to the avian flu outbreak, joining Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa as states that have taken the same action so far.

As many as 47 million birds have been affected by the

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