Food allergies are not a joke and many schools and institutions are asking people to leave the nuts at home. I decided to compile a list of healthy nut-free snacks to help out.
It is truly sad that children and adults can’t bring nuts into schools because they are the perfect snack. They are portable, will stay fresh at room temperature, crunchy, and healthy. Alas, I know too much about nut allergies because my daughter is allergic to tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans).
If she eats one, she becomes itchy and her skin breaks out into a red rash. After visiting the allergist, we have an Epi-pen in case she goes into anaphylactic shock – fun, no? The chance is about 5% that an allergic reaction she has will be life threatening.
Before we understood her allergy, she traded snacks with another child and ended up in the nurse’s office after eating a walnut. She was sent home and spent the rest of the day wishing she had eaten the snack she had brought from home.
She complains about her nut allergy but I am secretly glad it keeps the Nutella out of the house (oooh that stuff is good!).
I don’t believe middle and high schools should be “nut free” unless there is a child with a severe allergy. My child can read labels and knows how to not eat something she is not sure of but when it comes to elementary schools – it can be important that parents try not to send nuts to school.
What should you send?
1. Cheese Sticks
Check out the product here: Cheese Sticks
2. Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
Get the recipe here: Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
3. Mini Bags of Pretzels
Check out the nut free product here: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels
4. Any Fresh Fruit
In addition to these suggest send baby carrots, snap peas, popcorn, Triscuits (or other 100% whole grain crackers), no-sugar added applesauce or fruit cups, and raisins.
What do you send to school with your child? Is your school nut-free?
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