Hey parents, will your child be attending a nut-free school? Do not despair. There are lots of delicious snack and lunch possibilities your children will love that are all 100% nut-free!
Nut allergies are so prevalent that, in my opinion, it is better to select non-nut and non-treenut foods for public settings rather than taking a chance of sending someone into an allergic reaction. Here are 34 great healthy ideas that you can include in your child’s school lunch every day!
- apple slices
- baby carrots
- bagel – with cream cheese inside
- berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
- brown rice
- cereal – non-sugary, dry
- cheese slices or cheese cubes
- cheese sticks
- cherry tomatoes
- cucumber slices
- dip – send veggie slices or apple slices with it
- eggs – hard boiled
- fruit cups
- graham crackers
- lunchmeat – rolled up
- non-nut butters – sunflower butter etc.
- olives, pitted
- pepperoni slices
- peppers -green or red bell peppers- slices
- pizza slice
- rice cakes
- veggie sticks
Over the years I have witnessed two severe food-based allergic reactions and would never want to be responsible for triggering it for anyone else. In each case, without aid the person could have suffocated as their throats swelled up. It happened so quickly and in each case they did NOT ingest nuts. They were just in the vicinity of them. It is scary.
Another option is to make some homemade snacks – like these Nut Free Banana Oat Protein Energy Balls by Laura of Petite Allergy Treats or Nut-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Energy Bites from Running With Spoons – to send in your little one’s lunch.
Ever wonder how you would tell if someone is having an allergic reaction to food? This article from the Mayo Clinic clearly defines a variety of possible symptoms, the causes and what to do if you need to act on their behalf: Food Allergies Symptoms & Causes
Do you or someone you love have food allergies? What additional non-nut foods should we add to our list?
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