My son attends preschool at the early childhood center and they have asked parents to send in nut free snacks for school. This can be an easy task for families who deal with nut allergies day to day, but this can pose confusion for many families who don’t live a nut free life.
When schools become a “nut free zone” this means that snacks must not be made with nuts or manufactured in a plant with nuts. While the products that are made with nuts may be a little more obvious, ex. trail mix, peanuts, etc., the products that are manufactured with nuts are little more difficult to pick out.
The best way to do this is by reading the labels. Most brands will mark their packaging with an allergen list or a warning that states one of the following:
“May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts”
“Processed on shared equipment with Peanuts or Tree Nuts”
“Manufactured in a plant with Peanut or Tree Nuts”
“Contains Peanut or Tree Nut Ingredients”
Please Read The Labels – Not all manufactures follow the same guidelines. In fact I’ve seen many products who clearly state “peanuts” in the ingredients but fail to note in in the “May Contain” allergen list. If you are trying to choose between an “off brand” and a “name brand” product, the best choice is to go with the brand name. Your attention to product labels will help ensure that a nut allergic child will stay safe while in school.
Shopping for nut free snacks for school can be challenging. Here are some ideas that may help you out with your nut free classroom snack list:
Fruits and Vegetables
- Baby Carrots
- Bell Peppers
Snack Crackers and Other Options
- Wheat Thins
- Cereals – Such as Shredded Wheat, Cheerios, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops. There are several cereal options, just be sure to check the labels
- Gogo Squeeze Applesauce
- Sun Maid Raisins – Not the yogurt or chocolate covered ones
- Nutra-grain Cereal Bars
- Pepperidge Farms Goldfish
- Delmonte Fruit Cups
- String Cheese
- Sliced Cheese
- Cheese Cubes
- Yogurt – Yoplait, Trix or Danimals. Avoid the yogurts with granola or candy toppings
- Fruit Snacks – Betty Crocker, Target, Annies Organic. KELLOGG is not a nut free option
- Cheese Nips
- Teddy Grahams – All Flavors
- Nilla Wafers
- Honey Maid Graham Crackers
- Premium Saltines
- Popcorn – Pop Secret, Act 11, Jolly Time, Orville Redenbacher
- Jell-O Pudding Cups and Gelatin
- Hunts Pudding
- Kraft Handi Snacks Pudding Cups
- Rold Gold Pretzels
Special Occasion Treats
- Skeeter Snacks
- Nabisco Oreos – Original in blue packaging
- Nabisco Oreos Golden – Yellow Packaging
- Rice Crispy Treats – Prepackaged
- Loora Doones
- Keebler Vanilla Wafer
- Hershey Kisses
- Kraft Marshmallows
- Dum Dum Suckers
- Willy Wonka Candies
- Tootsie Rolls
Disclaimer – PLEASE READ THE LABELS – I emphasize this because products change, they change manufacturing guidelines, they move their manufacturing facilities, etc. What may be “nut free” today, may not be “nut free” next week. I’m providing this list solely as a guidance to help you find nut free snacks for your children’s classroom.
Us parents with children who are learning to live a life free of nuts, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We know it isn’t easy to shop for foods that are safe for nut allergic children. By reading the labels and ensuring that the snacks that you send are safe and nut free, you are helping to keep our children safe while at school. Thank you thank you thank you!
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