Back to School Safe Snacks

1 in 13 children have food allergies. My son is one of those. The poor guy is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. He’s only 3-years-old and NOT in school yet. BUT if one in 13 kids has a food allergy — that’s an average of two kids per classroom.

That’s why more than ever, parents like me, are depending on you to at least think about our little ones when you bring snacks in. That’s why I’ve come up with a top eight allergen-free list of snacks. That means free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.

I was inspired by this Facebook post I saw not too long ago, “I need to make a treat for my son’s preschool class tomorrow for his birthday. I got the list of allergies from his teacher today and they are – all nuts, milk, wheat, meat, gluten.”

So here’s my list.

First up – a couple of specific treats.

  1. Pure Fruit & Veggie strips – these are my son’s favorite and are made in a peanut-free factory. Extra bonus – you can get these at Costco right now (these are the only product that are completely free of the top 8 allergens – be careful when checking out some of their nut bars).
  2. Red Plate Foods – This company makes baked goods that are free of all of the top 8 allergens. And they are DELICIOUS. Personal recommendation – the lemon cookies. These are available online and in the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s what you can find in your own grocery store treat aisle. I focused on the top eight allergens. As always, check labels and don’t be afraid to ask parents.

Skittles
Starburst
Fruit kabobs
Jello gelatin
Otter pops
Kettle brand chips (no cheddar flavors)
Chips and salsa
Smarties
Again, check all labels – these snacks include allergens like citrus and corn syrup, along with artificial colors.
Members of a Food Allergy Network say their real goal is to eliminate snacks in the classroom. For birthdays that means you could skip the treats and go with something like bubbles, fancy pencils or something else from the dollar store! Unfortunately you still have to be careful with things like play-doh that are made with common allergens.

As for that original Facebook post inspiring this whole post – the poster ended up accidentally bringing in something with one of the allergens. If you get a list like that – maybe go with that dollar store prize!

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9 thoughts on “Back to School Safe Snacks

  1. We are about a 1.5 months in to being a peanut (and other) free household for our 11 month old. I feel like we have adjusted at home well but being at other people’s houses is so nerve wracking:-(

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