20 Peanut-Free Snacks Your Kids Can Take to School
Almost every school nowadays is upholding themselves to a "Nut-Free Zone" standard. And if you're a parent whose child doesn't have a peanut allergy, you may think your snack guidelines are pretty straightforward. Although, you might want to think again because for snacks to be acceptable in a "Nut-Free Zone," they can't be made with or manufactured around nuts.
On top of promoting a healthy snack choice for your child, finding peanut-free options can feel a bit overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be if you know where to look and what to be aware of. Starting with the label is the most efficient way to determine whether or not something is peanut-free. Since the phrase "peanut-free" is not required for manufacturers to print on their products, you will instead need to search for phrases like:
- "May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts."
- "Manufactured in a plant with Peanut or Tree Nuts."
- "Processed on shared equipment with Peanuts or Tree Nuts."
You can also double-check the ingredient list to be sure, but when in doubt, always contact the manufacturer for clarification.
To help get you started, here are some of our favorite nutritional snacks that pass the "Nut-Free Zone" standard.
If you have a child who loves peanut products, a “Nut-Free Zone” can put a setback on a lot of your snack ideas (especially if you have a picky eater on your hands). Luckily there’s a solution that gives you the same tree nut taste while still being completely nut-free. Nadanut® is a tasty nut imitation that comes in three variations: Wheat Nuts, Nadanut® Pecan, and Nadanut® Non-GMO. While, once again, being a 100% certified nut-free snack.
Cheese & Crackers
Cheese & crackers is an effortless snack with dozens of customizations. You can pack crackers like wheat, sesame, butter, etc. And then your options for cheese are even more extensive.
You can find yogurt, which is an excellent source of protein, calcium, and potassium in various forms – smoothies, pouches, cups, etc. Be aware, though, that some yogurt comes with granola or cookies that may contain peanut products, so check the label with this.
Applesauce is another example of a tasty treat that comes in various forms. You can find applesauce squeeze bottles made for quick snacking on the go. Plus, applesauce promotes good digestion.
There’s never a shortage of granola bars at the grocery store. You can find these easy snacks in all different shapes, sizes, and dietary needs. Whether you’re looking for organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, or just a plain and simple recipe – you’ll find a brand that makes a granola bar for it.
Veggies & Dip
Adding a tasty dip like ranch with some carrots, broccoli, or snap peas is a great way to convince your child to eat their veggies.
Now, some fruit snacks are nothing but sugar and food coloring. But there are also a handful of other fruit snacks that are organic and packed with Vitamin C.
Oatmeal cookies are great because they have the appeal of being a sweet treat, while still providing your kid with benefits. They can help improve digestive health & insulin sensitivity, control blood pressure, and even lower cholesterol. Plus, you can add chocolate chips or raisins for some added versatility and taste.
Traditional fruit cups tend to be soaked in a bed of sugary syrup. There are options out there that package their fruit in water or fruit juice, making them lower in sugar. Still, you'll have to do some searching if you want to make this snack nutritious for your child.
Homemade Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Only requiring five ingredients, these Homemade Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies , will instantly become a hit in your home. They can double as delicious breakfast or lunchtime dessert.
Graham crackers will surely satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth. They may not be packed with vitamins or nutrients, but they’re also not junk food filled with fats.
With hummus, you're definitely going to want to read the label. Eaten plain is going to be your best bet if you're going to play it safe. But also keep in mind that hummus is another great way to trick your kids into eating their veggies.
You can find a variety of your kid's favorite cereals in a quick on the go breakfast bar form. Just be sure to double-check those ingredients because not all of them are peanut-free. You could also make homemade breakfast bars – using whatever cereal your child prefers and then, in effect, know precisely what went into making them. Plus, you could use Nadanut® as your nut-alternative if you find any recipes that call for nuts.
Create a customized fruit salad filled with your child's favorite fruits. Plus, if you use frozen fruit, it'll keep their sweet mixture fresh all the way until lunch.
Roasted Chickpeas were most likely nowhere near your first thought when thinking of peanut-free snacks your kids will love – but you'd be surprised. When roasted in the oven, chickpeas turn into little crispy, savory snacks that your child will start eating by the handful.
It's hard to find a child that doesn't love to snack on some popcorn. Instead of grabbing the first bag you see, check out some of the healthier pre-popped brands that come with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
When you think of pudding, you might not see it as nutritional, and while it isn't the equivalent to some fresh veggies, it does have its benefits. Being a milk-based product pudding is a high source of calcium, protein, carbohydrates, as well as a handful of vitamins and minerals.
Rice cakes are usually made with minimal ingredients, so you shouldn't have to search the label too hard to ensure it is peanut-free. They don't have a substantial nutritional value, but you can find them in various types of flavors and sizes that your kids are sure to devour.
There’s no denying that almost every child loves to scarf down a handful of cheese crackers. But keep in mind some brands are healthier than others, so be sure to check the labels on this one.
Dried fruit is perfect if you're worried about fresh fruit going bad during your kid's school day. Also, dried fruit is an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants.
Choosing healthy peanut-free school snacks for your kids, that you can also convince them to eat, can be challenging at times. But keep in mind this is all to ensure every child’s health is a priority while in school. Besides, there are plenty of nut alternatives out there like Nadanut® that will satisfy your child’s peanut cravings while still staying within “Nut-Free Zone” standards.