Nut-Free Classroom Snack Guide
These are some great nut-free snack ideas from Hillside parents of children with severe nut allergies. Please continue to check the labels of your snacks and note that peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts/filberts/Brazil nuts and macadamia nuts are all problematic. Thank you for all of your efforts in keeping your child’s classroom nut-free and safe for all.
Suggested snacks include:
Fruit - fresh or dried prunes, apricots, raisins, etc.
Fresh vegetables – carrot or celery sticks, sliced cucumber, peppers, etc.
Enjoy Life products
Pirate’s Booty, pretzels, Goldfish, popcorn
Yogurt, Go-Gurt (or something similar)
Cereal - please check ingredient label
"Back to Nature" brand has a lot of allergy-safe crackers, including a "Cheez-It" -type cracker and a "Ritz"-type cracker that are nut and seed-free.
Bread or cracker with soy nut butter - soy nut butter is somewhat misnamed as it contains no nuts. It is made from roasted soybeans and tastes like peanut butter, but is 100% safe for kids with nut allergies. Two brands can be bought at various stores around here including Food for Thought, Foodtown, Whole Foods and Di Cicco's - I.M. Healthy - https://www.soynutbutter.com/ and Wowbutter - http://wowbutter.com/. Soy nut butter is also great on banana or apple slices. The IM Healthy brand has a version with no sugar.
Cheese - cheese slices or sticks; cottage cheese, cream cheese on crackers
Avocado mixed with a little cream cheese spread on crackers or bread
Healthy-ish cookies using two very ripe bananas, 1 cup of oatmeal, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a handful of chocolate chips (could use raisins, too) - Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. They keep in the fridge for a week or more and make a great filling treat.
Great sources for nut-free snacks and lunch alternatives include:
Thank you for your continued support in making Hillside healthy and safe for all students!