Did you know that 1 in every 13 children has food allergies? That’s roughly two per classroom in the US. These include severe allergies to nuts, which can result in anaphylaxis and death if not treated. That’s why when one child has a severe nut allergy, their families aren’t the only ones affected. Their communities and their schools are also affected due to the risk of cross-contamination. As a result, many schools are now nut-free – that means no more PB&J sandwiches, trail mix or honey-roasted peanuts in lunch boxes. But fear not, we’re here to help!
As you may know, food labels can be confusing and vague when it comes to nut allergies, so we’ve spoken directly to the food manufacturers to make sure the products below are produced in a nut-free facility. So as you get ready for back to school, check out these great nut-free snack ideas for you and your kids to enjoy together!
1. Beanfields Nacho Bean & Rice Chips. These taste like a healthy version of Doritos, only they’re gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free and non-GMO. And unlike Doritos, which are made from corn, these are made from high protein high fiber beans and brown rice. They’re fun, yummy, and highly dippable.
2. Nots! Sunflower Seed Snacks. These new amazing snacks are like crunchy pretzel bites, only without the gluten and free of the top 8 food allergens. Eat them by themselves right out of the bag, or add them to a salad, trail mix, or taco to spice up your kids’ lunch.
3. Fruit & cheese. This classic combination can come in all sorts of variations: string cheese + grapes, cottage cheese + mashed berries, cheddar + apple slices. This is a great filling snack to give them energy and hold them over til dinner.
4. Island Mango Premium Fruit Leather. This organic fruit leather from Matt’s Munchies has little bits of coconut in it to give it a little texture and fun. Nothing artificial here and no high fructose corn syrup. Just organic fruit and coconut!
5. Rice Cakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese and Dried Fruit. Yum. Mix some cream cheese and cinnamon together and spread on your favorite rice cake brand (if you or your child have a nut allergy, make sure to contact the manufacturer to make sure it’s made in a nut-free facility). Then top with chopped dried fruit like these crunchy apple chips made a in a nut-free facility in Boulder, Colorado.
6. Spinach & Kale Corn Chips. Looking for a way to sneak veggies into your kids’ diet? Those gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free, non-GMO chips are totally munchable and have a fresh non-kaley taste to them!
7. Dark Chocolate Sun Cups. These are for the chocolate lovers in us (and our kids of course :)). They’re like a Reeces peanut butter cups, only without the peanut butter and with high quality ingredients. Perfect for an after-school treat!
8. These No-Bake Nut-Free Cookies are made with dates, rolled oats and sunflower seeds. They’re super easy and super healthy, and great for kids with multiple food allergies!