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Has your life become nut-free? More schools, daycares, after-school programs and even some workplaces are going peanut and tree nut-free, which means packing snacks isn’t as simple as grabbing a granola bar from the cabinet (they often contain nuts).
While it can be frustrating for parents of kids without allergies, the nut-free move is for good reason. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, nearly eight percent of kids age 6-10 have food allergies. And of those kids, more than 38 percent have a history of severe allergic reactions. The most common food allergy? Peanuts, followed by milk and shellfish.
We've rounded up eight kid-approved, satisfying nut free snacks that grown-ups will enjoy too!
Nut-Free Cracker Sandwiches
Remember those fun little cracker sandwiches that Mom packed in your lunchbox? Unfortunately many of them have peanut butter. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have them. Instead of the premade ones, whip your own using your favorite buttery nut-free crackers and a soft cheese spread or cookie butter (have you had it? It’s amazing!). Just spread and sandwich together. Easy peasy.
Make a fruity snack super fun by putting it on a skewer – grapes, berries, pineapple and melons are perfect, and will stay fresh and tasty. You can also make an easy, decadent fruit dip by mixing equal parts softened cream cheese and marshmallow fluff. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon if desired.
Parfait to Go
Do you love yogurt as much as we do? Make a super treat by layering your families favorite yogurt with diced fruit and toasted coconut and/or chocolate chips. It will take you less than a minute (so easy!).
The pre-made ones in the store may not be your thing, but you will totally delight your family if you combine crackers, slices of cheese and slices of ham or sausage in a container for their snack. Bonus points if you use mini cookie cutters to cut the cheese and meat into fun shapes.
Turkey Hummus Snack Wrap
Take one small tortilla (soft taco size). Spread with hummus. Fold on about 2 ounces of deli turkey. Top with lettuce and, if desired, sliced red bell peppers. Roll up. Secure with tooth picks and slice in half. Enjoy.
Mini Muffins with Honey Butter
Grocery stores are getting better and better about carrying nut-free items in their bakeries. Always check the label for nuts though. Your best bets? Blueberry or corn mini muffins. Pack them with a little homemade honey butter. Just whisk together some salted butter and some honey (about a 2:1 ratio).
Quick Cheesy Popcorn
Pop some popcorn (hint: place kernels in a paper bag, roll up the top and microwave for about 3 minutes). Toss with parmesan cheese, salt and a touch of pepper. It’s simple, but so, so tasty – and absolutely nut-free.
Veggies and Dip
This one is a classic – and for good reason. What kid doesn’t love dipping things? Slice up your child’s favorite veggies (cucumbers, sweet bell peppers and grape tomatoes are favorite in our house). Then pack up a little container of your child’s favorite dip such as ranch dressing or hummus (just be sure it’s nut-free!).