Food allergies in the U.S. are on the rise and as a result more and more schools are becoming nut free zones.
Imagine being a parent to a child who has a food allergy to nuts. You have to make sure they carry an EpiPen (injector medication administered if a person is in anaphylaxis), you hope that no child accidentally brings something with nuts that can be exposed to your child, or needing to eat alone to avoid coming in contact with certain foods.
That’s why I did the research for you and came up with a FULL MONTH of but free HEALTHY lunches for school!
Step 1 – Pick a main dish.
- lunchmeat and cheese roll-ups
- oatmeal to-go bars
- homemade strawberry cream cheese sandwiches
- pancake sandwiches with cream cheese and fruit
- hard-boiled eggs
- pasta salad
- “faux kid sushi” sandwich rolls with guacamole and turkey
- sunbutter and banana sandwich
- soup (in a thermos)
- hand-pies or empanadas
- lettuce or tortilla wrap
- egg cups/egg muffins/mini omelette
- macaroni and cheese
- bean or chickpea salad
- cold noodle salad
- shrimp and cocktail sauce (or other dipping sauce)
Step 2-Pick two sides.
- kale chips
- roasted chick peas (done 4 ways)
- cheese cubes/cheese stick/Babybel cheese
- nut-free crackers (wheat or rice)
- sliced bell peppers
- “frushi” (fruit, rice and chia seed sushi)
- caprese salad – tomatoes and mozzarella cubes
- guacamole or yummy dips for veggies
- ants-on-a-log (celery, sunbutter and raisins)
- snow peas or snap peas
Hope this helps your kids school lunch planning a little easier.
Sandra Thomasian, MD