Back to School: School Safe Snacks
Gluten Free and Nut Free Snack Hacks & Safety Tips
With each new school year comes a new classroom environment, routine, and group of people to educate about your child’s food allergies. Between coming up with consistent nut free snack ideas for school and gluten free after school snacks, it can be a lot to keep track of. Fortunately, we’re here to help! We’ve got some great resources to help you and your child start the school year successfully.
Talk to Teachers About Nut and Gluten Free Snacks for School
- Inquire about their food allergy emergency plan, make sure they are aware of your child’s allergy, and provide your contact information and necessary medical information and medication in case of any questions.
- Once the school year starts, work with your child’s teachers on avoiding allergen exposure, identifying ingredients and recognizing allergic reaction symptoms.
- It may be helpful to provide a supply of allergy friendly snacks for school parties or other events.
- Request advance notice of any field trips so you can plan ahead in terms of food and medications.
- On the home front, make sure your child is always equipped with medication, safe, allergy friendly after school snacks, and resources.
To assist teachers and school staff better understand how to manage your child’s food allergies, we have developed a couple of helpful resources with important facts and tips. Our Survival Guide and Food Allergy Infographic are chock-full of information on food allergies and celiac disease, identifying common food allergens and reaction symptoms. Print these out for your child’s teacher to have on hand and share with other parents to help spread awareness and education.
Gluten and Nut Free Lunch Box Ideas and Hacks
Lunchboxes are a great way to keep an element of creativity for allergy friendly meals. Our nut free snack bars, Mini Cookies, and chocolates are the perfect solution for adding a special treat for lunches or mid-morning snacks. Check out our downloadable Shopping List for a list of everything you’ll need to make your child’s gluten and nut free lunchbox delicious and safe from the fourteen most common allergens.
If you like getting creative, we’ve got many nut and gluten free lunchbox recipes – both sweet and savory – that are sure to be a hit. Here are some of our favorites:
Did you know our vegan lentil chips can be used as a gluten free pizza crust? Turn your child’s favorite flavor (we recommend Garlic & Parmesan or Margherita Pizza!) into a savory pizza crust and top with veggies and dairy free cheese!
Our gluten free Lentil Chips are so versatile! Crush them up and use as gluten free “breading” for chicken tenders or a vegetarian alternative. With 5 gluten free flavors of chips to choose from, you can always keep things interesting.
Swap tortilla chips for our gluten free Lentil Chips, and top with your favorite nacho toppings – beans, guacamole, veggies, dairy free cheese…you name it!
Nut Free Baking Mix Lunch Hacks
If you enjoy baking, our nut free, gluten free baking mixes are a great lunchbox addition as well…plus they’re filled with vegan protein and probiotics! Use our Muffin Mix and add ground meat and veggies for a savory muffin. Make gluten free pancakes ahead of time, and pack with healthier toppings – like sunflower seed butter and our Seed & Fruit Mix, for a sweeter, nut free lunchbox meal. Use our gluten free Pizza Crust Mix to make Pizza Waffles or gluten free Soft Pretzels. The possibilities are endless!
We hope that these resources and snack ideas help make your transition to the new school year a seamless one! What are your Back to School essentials? Tag @enjoylifefoods and #eatfreely in your lunchbox photos!