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Nut-Free Snacks for School


Need to pack peanut-free and tree nut-free snacks for school?

Because of the popularity and severity of nut allergies, school snacks often need to be peanut- and tree-nut free. Here are some nut-free snack-packing tips; for more detailed info, see our post on peanut/tree nut allergies.

General Snack Tips:

  • Include some protein! Protein gives your child a nutrition boost to fill him up. Pirate’s Booty on its own doesn’t provide enough nutrition for a healthy snack.

  • Make a fruit or veggie part of every snack to up your child’s vitamin and fiber intake.

  • Put a small ice pack in a reusable snack bag, then put any cold snacks in the bag. Your child will be more likely to eat cold snacks if they stay cold.

Peanut-free and Tree Nut-free Snacks:

  • Read food labels to make sure snacks are nut-free. Nut-containing foods are legally required to show it on the label by:

  1. listing the allergen in the ingredients, such as “Ingredients: Wheat, peanuts, salt.”

  2. OR having an allergy statement at the end of the ingredient list, for example “Contains tree nuts”.

You may also see “Made in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts.” This means the food manufacturer can’t guarantee that the food is nut-free, because nuts may have cross-contaminated the product in the factory. Opinions differ on whether these foods should be allowed in peanut-free or nut-free classrooms, so check with your child’s school.

  • At the time we wrote this, the products in the table below were peanut-free and tree nut-free. Companies can change ingredients any time without informing consumers; read labels every time you shop.

  • Create a great snack by pairing a protein from the left-hand column with a fruit, veg, and/or grain from the right.

Protein

Biena chickpea snacks (‘produced in a facility where tree nuts may be present’)

Hard-boiled egg

Babybel cheese

Snapea Crisps

siggi’s 4% milkfat yogurt

siggis’s whole milk drinkable yogurt

Hummus snack-sized pack

Fruits, Vegetables, Grains


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