Kids are back to school and while that is a great thing for most parents a lot of school these days are nut free and coming up with nut free alternatives may not be that great. Whether your child has a peanut or nut allergy himself or his school has banned nut products because of widespread allergies,Packing nut-free school lunches can be tricky!
While there's nothing quite like peanut butter, some tasty substitutes on the market come very close. Try soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter on a sandwich or bagel. Soy nut butter looks and smells a lot like peanut butter, but is not quite as rich and sweet. Sweeten it with a bit of honey, or pair it with thin slices of apple or some jelly or jam!
Tuna is another kid-friendly replacement for peanut butter. Fill a pita pocket with some salad greens and your tuna-and-mayo mixture. Quartered cherry tomatoes or diced bell peppers add a pop of color and flavor, too.
My kids fav are Meat and cheese wraps. Meat and cheese wraps are a quick and tasty nut-free lunch option. Try making homemade tortilla wraps if you're concerned about buying bread that was potentially made in a facility that handles nuts.
It’s important to keep children with severe allergies safe while they are at school. I've found that it’s really not that difficult to pack nut-free lunches. If you find yourself in a similar situation, my suggestion is to get creative with school lunches, try lots of new foods, and make it work for everyone! -- Sean
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