One in thirteen school-aged children in America suffer from a food allergy. If your child is one of them, you know how difficult school lunchtime can be. It’s hard enough to select healthy foods kids like — let alone a child with nut allergies, dairy allergies, or a gluten allergy. But meals that keep them safe and fed don’t have to be boring. We partnered with our friends at Enjoy Life to show you some easy, ready-to-pack snacks that will make your kids proud to walk into the cafeteria. Here’s some allergy-friendly lunch inspiration to make the weekday grind go a bit more smoothly.
Check out the nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free school lunch ideas below and let us know how it goes in the comments.
Ready, set, pack and snack.
1. Nut-Free Lunchbox
How many times have you had to tell your child they can’t share in a birthday cupcake or classroom snack because of nut contamination? At times, nothing can feel worse than holding them back from having something all their friends are enjoying, even though you know it’s the best thing to do for their health and safety. The next time a classroom celebration comes around or you just want to treat them to something special, you can reach into your pantry for these safe, delicious school lunch snacks.
We like to keep a box of Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies (48 count) in Snickerdoodle and brownie for life’s celebrations, from birthdays to good grades to a Friday night in together. Bonus: These cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, and have no artificial ingredients. For a safe substitute to chips, we love Pirate’s Booty for its festive sense of fun (who doesn’t love snacking like a pirate?). To boot, these all-natural cheddar treats are cholesterol free, gluten free, and trans fat free. We’d walk the plank for that. Speaking of crunchy snacks, Enjoy Life Plentils Light Sea Salt Crunchy Lentil Chips are a protein-packed snack made of allergy-safe lentils with a seriously satisfying crunch. With no saturated fat, no trans fat, and 40% less fat overall than the leading potato chip, reaching for these is a no-brainer. Lastly, Enjoy Life Seed + Fruit Mix brings the on-the-go ease of trail mix to the nut-free set. This mix includes sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, fruit, and mini chocolate chips to keep your child full throughout the day.
2. Gluten-Free Lunchbox
These gluten-free snacks are so full of flavor, other kids will be begging to trade. In addition to Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies (48 count) from our nut-friendly options above, we’re big fans of Lance Gluten Free Bite-Size Sandwich Crackers. Our 4 x 5 oz. pack contains both peanut butter and real cheddar cheese varieties to keep snack time interesting. Gluten-free and kosher, these sandwich crackers are a fun addition to any lunchbox.
If pretzels are more your salty snack speed, Snyders’ of Hanover Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks are a great side for lunchtime and a star attraction for snack time. They’re also dairy-free and kosher. For dessert, how about 100% All Natural Fruit Fun? With Dole Fruitocracy squeezable pouches, your kids can enjoy the taste of real fruit on the go. And don’t forget, kindness begins at home. Give them a snack that’s kind to their bodies and delicious for adults too when you pack KIND Nuts & Spices Bars (20 x 14 oz.) Gluten-free AND non-GMO, Kind Bars are made with real ingredients you can pronounce, like nuts, fruits, honey, and spices.
3. Dairy-Free Lunchbox
Make lunchtime a breeze without the cheese — and the help of these dairy-friendly lunchbox snacks. Start with Prince & Spring Almonds for a portable snack that’s filling and full of protein. Still feeling snacky? Skinny Pop Popcorn has only 100 calories a pack and is dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and kosher. KIND Nuts & Spices Bars (20 x 14 oz.) are as kind to kids with dairy allergies as they are to the gluten-free set. And no lunchbox is complete without Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies (48 count), a satisfying way to round out mealtime.
There you have it; three allergy-friendly lunch ideas your whole family will love. To see all the lunchtime snacks that can be delivered to your door, check out our full snack selection here.
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