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Allergen-Free Snacks for the Classroom
Going back to school can be a tough because of all the early mornings, homework, sports, and possibly the most dreaded task, packing a lunch and snacks. Packing a lunch with snacks tends to take a decent amount of time and thought.
You want to pack something your kids are actually going to eat, but you also want it to be healthy and contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients for their growing bodies. Snacks are particularly challenging because it is much easier to throw in a packet of cookies and sliced apples with peanut butter than to prepare something more complicated.
Furthermore, with so many kids with a wide variety of food allergies, many schools ask parents to be cautious about packing snacks with the most common and harmful allergens. Foods with ingredients like eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, and wheat are some of the most common allergies at least a couple students in the class will have an allergy to.
To avoid any mishaps or life-threatening reactions, we have found some of the best and healthiest allergen-free snacks for the classroom you can feel good about sending you kids to school with. While you cannot avoid every single potential allergy, since humans can be allergic to anything, avoiding the most common kids’ allergens is key!
Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Baked Chewy Bars
These bars by Enjoy Life are just one of the huge selections of allergy friendly tasty snacks that are perfect for your little ones to bring into the classroom. They are non-GMO and are made from all-natural and wholesome ingredients you can also feel good about feeding your kids. The bars and other items are gluten-free and free of many different allergens such as wheat, peanuts, tree nut, dairy, soy, egg, shellfish, and more.
Any organic brand of applesauce will do here! Finding an option without added sugar, flavors, or colors is also the best way to go. Applesauce should simply be made from apples and maybe a few other natural ingredients, so you will not have to worry about the top most common allergens in applesauce. Getting individual cups make it super easy to throw in the lunchbox and it travels well. It is a great healthy and wholesome snack for school.
Safe + Fair Granola
Granola is a snack that is easy to pack and can either be eaten plain or with some yogurt. This granola brans avoids the most common allergens and is made from natural and healthy ingredients. Plus, what kid is not going to want to eat some birthday cake granola as a healthy snack?
Made Good Granola Bars
Another brand advertised as a school safe snack, these chocolate chip granola bars are taste and healthy at the same time. They are also USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.
HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs + Variety Pack
These crunchy and savory treats are gluten-free, vegan, and are made from protein-packed chickpeas. They also contain no soy, peanuts, or tree-nuts, making them a pretty allergy-friendly option for the classroom. We also love the fact they are certified organic, and the individual packs make them perfect for portion control and throwing in a backpack or lunchbox.
Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
Organic fruit snacks are a good treat for your kids when they are not made with artificial flavors, crazy food dyes, and dreaded corn syrup. Annie’s makes a great fruit snack option that does not contain harmful common allergens. These fruit snacks are gluten-free, vegan, and contains 100% of your daily recommended vitamin C intake from real fruit juice.