Seven Allergy Friendly Snacks to Pack in Your Child’s Lunchbox
Aug 22
2019

Seven Allergy Friendly Snacks to Pack in Your Child’s Lunchbox

By Maris Altieri, RD

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the prevalence of food allergies in children has reportedly increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.1 An even scarier statistic? Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.1

With so many of our little ones having food allergies, it’s important to be mindful of the snacks we serve to our children and their friends. Figuring out snacks that are allergy friendly without the high processing can be a mind puzzle, so we took it upon ourselves to compile a list for you. These quick and yummy snacks are free of the top 8 allergens and are packed with powerhouse nutrients (without the wrapper).

Important PSA: Delaying introduction of allergenic foods does not provide protection against food allergy. In fact, feeding peanut foods early and often to babies with egg allergy or eczema dramatically reduces their risk of developing peanut allergy.1

  1. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding. Quick tip: Use rice milk if worried about a tree nut, soy, or dairy allergy
  2. Cheetos Chickpeas. Quick tip: Craving hot cheetos? Add 1/2 tsp chili powder for an added kick
  3. Fresh and Easy Guacamole. Quick tip: serve with corn chips if concerned about wheat allergy
  4. Chocolate Banana Granola Bars. Quick tip: Double this recipe and freeze for an emergency grab and go snack
  5. Pumpkin Muffins. Quick tip: Switch out flour with certified GF oat flour to make it wheat free

More tips on preparing allergen-friendly snacks here.

Sources:

  1. https://www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/food-allergy-101/facts-and-statistics
  2. https://farrp.unl.edu/informallbig8
  3. https://share.upmc.com/2018/09/allergen-free-snacks/


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