As I have mentioned before, the Princess Fairy is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. While most moms can run out and buy peanut butter and toss it on bread for lunch that’s not an option at my home. Recently, she helped me put together a list of nuts free snacks for her lunchbox. I figured it would be good for her to be part of the decision making since she will be the one eating it. You know how kids are, they can love something one day and hate it the next so I wanted to ensure that we’re on the same boat. Now, as annoying as it that so many snacks these days contain traces of nuts, I wanted to share the list for other parents with kids who have nuts allergies.
Here are 10 nuts free school snacks:
I am grateful that she is able to eat fruits. She loves fruits and I am always confident that she’s 100 percent safe eating fruits. Some of the fruits she’ll be heading to school with are apples, grapes, oranges, bananas, plums, pineapple and mango.
2. Greek Yogurt
The Princess Fairy loves greek yogurt and doesn’t seem to get tired eating it all the time. If you have kids with food allergies, I advise you to always, always, always check labels. Some yogurts contain traces of nuts. So I stick with the Chobani or Fage brand. You are more than welcome to try other brands, just remember to read labels. I usually purchase either the vanilla or plain greek yogurt and add toppings. She like cinnamon, sprinkles, mango, and strawberries as her yogurt toppings.
3. Trader Joes String Cheese
String cheese is a great snack for kids with nuts allergies, I stick to the Trader Joe brand and haven’t had any issues in the three years that she’s been eating it. String cheese is super fun to eat and truly a light yet filling snack.
4. Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats
Obviously, not as light as string cheese but oatmeal is what I’ll be feeding the princess fairy on cold fall and winter days. I don’t want her at school without a warm snack.
5. Apple Sauce
I mentioned this apple sauce in my list of summer snacks for kids with food allergies. We will continue to use it as she heads off to Pre-K. It’s on her list of Holy Grail snacks.
6. Trader Joes Blueberry Waffles
These waffles with a little bit of butter lightly spread on the top are very delicious. They are also quick to make and loved by the Princess Fairy.
7. Trader Joes O’s Cereal
This cereal is delicious, it’s the Trader Joe’s version of Cheerios only better in my opinion. I keep the kitchen stocked with it and I really appreciate the fact that it’s much cheaper than other cereal brands.
8. Barnum Animal Crackers
As moms we need that fall back snack for the days we can’t make it to
Trader Joe’s the supermarket or you forgot your child’s lunchbox at home. Almost every store sells these crackers, I’ve seen them everywhere and they are safe for kids with nuts allergies.
She loves popcorn and although I don’t give it to her frequently it’s a nice occasional snack especially if her class will be having a party serving questionable snacks that she wouldn’t be able to eat. I don’t want the Princess Fairy to feel left out so I ‘ll pack this popcorn as it’s a snack she can be excited about.
10. Organic Carrots
When I was a kid I hated carrots but I happen to love them as an adult. I guess that’s rubbed off on my daughter because she loves carrots too. I always purchase my organic carrots at Trader Joe’s because they only cost 89 cents per bag.
Also, remember to bring in one of your child’s epi-pen or Auvi-Q to their school in case of an emergency. Before, turning it over to the school nurse or teachers, take note of the expiration date and put reminders in your smart phone and on your electronic and paper calendars to get it renewed.
Again, I must emphasize the importance of reading all labels on your children’s foods if they have food allergies. If there are no labels or warnings and you are unsure if your child will be safe, call or email the food company before giving it to your child.
What nuts free snacks would you add to this list?