Healthy Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas

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.

  1. lunchmeat and cheese roll-ups
  2. oatmeal to-go bars
  3. homemade strawberry cream cheese sandwiches
  4. pancake sandwiches with cream cheese and fruit
  5. hard-boiled eggs
  6. pasta salad
  7. “faux kid sushi” sandwich rolls with guacamole and turkey
  8. quesadillas
  9. sunbutter and banana sandwich
  10. soup (in a thermos)
  11. meatballs
  12. hand-pies or empanadas
  13. lettuce or tortilla wrap
  14. egg cups/egg muffins/mini omelette
  15. macaroni and cheese
  16. bean or chickpea salad
  17. cold noodle salad
  18. shrimp and cocktail sauce (or other dipping sauce)kidssushi1

Step 2-Pick two sides.

    1. popcorn
    2. carrots
    3. kale chips
    4. roasted chick peas (done 4 ways)
    5. cheese cubes/cheese stick/Babybel cheese
    6. nut-free crackers (wheat or rice)
    7. cucumbers
    8. sliced bell peppers
    9. “frushi” (fruit, rice and chia seed sushi)
    10. caprese salad – tomatoes and mozzarella cubes
    11. guacamole or yummy dips for veggies
    12. edamame
    13. ants-on-a-log (celery, sunbutter and raisins)
    14. pretzels
    15. snow peas or snap peas
    16. olives

Hope this helps your kids school lunch planning a little easier.

Stay Dainty,

Sandra Thomasian, MD

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