Looking for nut-free school snacks? These are some of the best allergy-friendly snacks you can buy for your kid’s lunchbox.
While you personally may not be be back to hitting the books or making new friends at recess, back-to-school season means plenty of work for parents too, including scouring Pinterest for new, creative, and delicious snacks (that will hopefully provide your child with all the brainpower they need for their test because you know they lied to you about whether they studied).
What may complicate things a bit further is if your child has a nut allergy, or if you get a letter home stating that one of the kids in the class has an airborne allergy, so nuts in the classroom this year are a big no-no. Don’t freak out! Not only are there a wide variety of nut-free snacks available to you (if you know where to look), but there are great alternatives to nuts that are much safer for those with allergies to eat.
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Here are some of the best nut-free snacks you can buy for your kid’s school lunch.
Don’t let the brand name fool you; there are only five ingredients in this unique gluten-free granola bar, and none of them are nuts! These granola bars get a lot of flavor from dates and a dried fruit of your preference—they come in strawberry and banana, but have no added sugar either way.Buy Now
I bet you thought you’d never find a nut-free trail mix! Luckily, this trail mix is made of seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, and even a little bit of chocolate, but that’s it. Your kids will love it, and you can rest assured that they can share this snack without worrying about anyone else’s allergies.Buy Now
Enjoy Life is a great brand for anyone concerned about food allergies, as their products are generally all nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. However, they are geared towards kids, so their snacks still taste great. I always had a few granola bars on me at all times in school, so I figured another nut-free granola bar couldn’t hurt. And this variety pack includes six boxes and three flavors of granola bars (Cocoa Loco, SunSeed Crunch, and Caramel Apple), so your kids should be all set for a little while.Buy Now
A nut allergy no longer means missing out on the quintessential back-to-school PB&J sandwich. It just means coming up with a creative alternative to peanut butter. Luckily, Sunbutter sunflower butter is a great alternative to nut butters, it’s a great source of protein, and it goes great with any jelly of your choosing. In addition to the standard jar, you can also buy it in convenient cups for dipping apples or celery.Buy Now
I used to go nuts (no pun intended) over these in college, so imagine how your kids will feel. It’s all the benefits of applesauce, but no need to pack a spoon. They’re totally hands-free, so great for little ones who don’t have the hang of utensils (or are likely to lose track of them)—and when your kids reach college age, these are ideal for when you need a snack while writing a paper. Plus, these applesauce pouches come in a variety of flavors, and they’re all delicious (my personal favorites are apple-strawberry and apple-banana).Buy Now
Chickpeas could be another alternative to trail mix. They are much healthier and more filling than chips or popcorn, and they honestly taste great. Kids will likely enjoy the honey roasted flavor because it is sweeter, but there are so many ways to flavor chickpeas (Biena makes a habanero flavor, for example) that they’re bound to be your next go-to snack. You can even find chocolate-covered chickpea snacks.Buy Now
Picky eaters or children with dietary restrictions may not be getting the right amount of protein. I remember doctors telling me for years when I was a kid that I needed more protein in my diet. They would recommend eating nuts, but I quickly discovered that I was allergic. For years, I have been drinking PediaSure and Ensure shakes just as a dietary supplement, especially if I could tell I wasn’t getting enough protein. Now, PediaSure makes shakes specifically containing more protein, which is perfect for those kids who can’t get theirs from almonds or cashews. Pack this with their lunch and rest assured that they’ll be full and on the fast track to growing big and strong. They come in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.Buy Now
These granola bar alternatives are made with fruit and vegetable purees. In addition to being nut-free, these bars are organic and all natural, with no high-fructose corn syrup, dairy, or trans fats.Buy Now
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