Is your toddler’s school a peanut free zone?
If your little ones school is anything like the pre-school my oldest is going to this year, it is a peanut free zone. With the large number of children with peanut, and nut allergies in general we already got a note that peanuts, and peanut products are banned from the building.
So I started to think of what kind of alternative lunches I can send with him for the three days a week he will be eating lunch with his classroom.
One of the biggest positives is soy nut butter is allowed in the classroom which is sometimes black listed with the rest of the nut products.
I hope the list is helpful to those who are in the same position as I am this school year!
Pasta, sandwiches, fruit, and pitas are just the beginning of this list that actually sparked my appetite and made me drool while I wrote it out. Oh and please feed free to add to the list in the comment section! All the great ideas we can share as parents the better!
Fruit! Most kids love fruit, and it is a healthy alternative to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! If you include some yogurt and even some nut free granola you have an entire meal!
The Classic Sandwich
We know most of us were raised on lunch meats, but sometimes they aren't the best for our kids. I try to limit our kids to turkey or chicken, but whatever your kids love on bread could be a great hit!
And you can spice it up by using cookie cutters to make your little ones lunch bento-ish!
Veggie and Dip
In our house, as long as there is "dip" a.k.a ranch dressing around, I can get my boys to eat anything.
Another great lunch idea is a lunch of veggies with a side of dip. Of course you can always mix and match the other ideas in smaller portions to make your own custom made lunch ideas!
Skip the Peanut Butter
Make a soy nut butter sandwich. Most schools that have a peanut butter, or nut ban in place will allow you to use soy products in its place!
The best part about pita pizzas is they don't even need to be cooked, and you can put anything on them! Kids love Olives? Throw them on! Cheese only? Load it up! Whatever they want... they get and its healthy!
A great treat warm or cold! And the best part is you can really put anything you want into the noodles! Veggies, chicken, snow peas... anything at all!
Veggie/Black Bean Burrito
If your kids are like my boys, they love burritos AND beans! Fill up a burrito with black beans, corn, and even a little bit of non spicy salsa, and it is a great treat for the day.
You can even make something like a veggie roll up or something similar!
Chicken Ceasar Salad
While some toddlers are not old enough to have lettuce, once they are old enough it is a great alternative! Throw some chicken, cheese, and croutons in and it makes for a great lunch!
Egg Salad Sandwich
While I am not a fan of egg salad at all, my kids enjoy it, and it makes for an easy alternative when it comes to lunch time. Especially if you might have a child in the class with a seafood allergy which limits the tuna sandwich idea! You can even skip the bread on this one!
One of my favorite picnic treats that I would probably make frequently just to eat personally. Olives, cheese, pasta, and some Italian dressing and you got a great treat that is meant to be served cold!
photo: Peanut Free Zone: flickr.com/minnemomo
Fruit: flickr.com/Lori Greig
Peanut Free Sandwich: flickr.com/Aaron Gustafson
Pita Pizza: flickr.com/Ben+Sam
Asian Noodles: flickr.com/
Salad: My instagram account!
Egg Salad: flickr.com/fotoosvanrobin
Pasta Salad: flickr.com/adamfarnsworth
Now lunch is packed, make sure you have one of these great lunchboxes to tote it in style!