It’s that time of year again. Children in Michigan’s public schools are heading back to the classroom next week. With the rising percentage of children diagnosed with food allergies, you might find that your child’s classroom is designated peanut free. This can be daunting for parents that are not use to dealing with food allergy restrictions. What snacks can you send with your child that are safe for the classroom?
The following is a list that was sent home from our school. The list is not only peanut safe but also tree nut safe as well. However, use this list with caution since manufacturers change ingredients and packing processes. These changes can affect whether a product is still safe to eat for a food allergic person. Always double check the label. Also, note that this list is specific to brand. Off-brands may not be peanut safe and must be checked.
- Fruit, fruit cups
- Cut up vegetables
- applesauce cups
- Nutrigrain cereal bars
- Fig Newtons
- String cheese
- Sensible Portions brand Veggie, Apple, Potato Straws
- Graham crackers
- Austin Zoo Animal crackers
- Kellogg’s Rice Crispy Treats
- Hostess Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Suzy Q’s
- Nabisco brand 100 Calorie Packs
- Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies, Gripz, E.L. Fudge cookies
- Oreos – Regular, Double Stuffed
- Lays, Ruffles, Pringles, Bugles, Sun Chips, Tostidos, Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos
- Town House, Ritz, Saltines, Club, Wheat Thins, Triscuits, Chicken in a Biskit, Better Cheddars, Goldfish crackers, Cheese balls/puffs
- Cheese Nips, Cheez-Its
- Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, Fruit roll-ups
- Kellogg’s Fruit snacks
- Jell-O cups, pudding cups
- Beef Jerkey
- Teddy Grahams, Nilla Wafers
- Kellogg’s PopTarts
- Rold Gold Pretzels
- Chips Ahoy Cookies
As you can see there are several options for you to choose from for your child’s snack. If your child’s favorite is not on the list, maybe you can have them eat it on the weekend instead. Alternatively, if you school allows peanut products in the lunch room, your child can save their peanut/tree nut snack for lunch.
Hopefully, this list helps cut down the stress of choosing a safe item for your child’s snack. Stock up on some of your favorites and try to keep fruit and veggies on hand. They are always a safe and healthy choice.
Here’s to a safe school year!
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