Going nuts for nut-free snacks

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Posted by alegendre on 2012-10-23 14:29

My first child started school this year. This, of course, meant that I would now need to pack healthy lunches and snacks for her and, as most schools across the country are now nut-free zones, these would need to be nut-free also. I don’t know about you, but as soon as someone forbids something, it’s the only thing I want to have or do. So, since the beginning of the school year, I have been thinking about new options for lunches and snacks and they always seem to have nuts in them. I have to remind myself that nuts are off limits. Talking with fellow moms, I could sense the frustrations and helplessness in some of their comments.  Does it really have to be that complicated?

Of course not!

Although allergies to eggs, seafood and milk are very common in children, the number one food allergy is still nuts. Food allergies can be a serious issue and can lead to an anaphylactic shock, and could put the child’s life in danger. Whether it is your own child or someone at his or her school that has a food allergy, it is very important to be aware of what is going into your child’s school lunches and snacks.

Here are a few ideas for nut-free snacks:

  • Fresh fruit/veggies (the options are limitless here)
  • Apple sauce or cut-up fruit in water or fruit juice
  • Yogurts
  • Homemade trail mix, containing some dried fruit and cereals (without nuts/peanuts of course)
  • Homemade and nut-free muffins (made without peanut oil)
  • Cheese and whole-wheat crackers

 Spreads, such as hummus or baba ganoush and whole-wheat pitas. If you are not sure whether the food or food product contains nuts or peanuts, make sure to always read the labels. Look for statements such as “may contain nuts” or “contains nuts” and don’t include those foods in your child’s lunches and snacks for school.

Click here for more information on food allergy and food label for food allergens.


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