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Top Allergy-Free Snacks Safe for School

by Without A Trace Foods

Top Allergy-Free Snacks Safe for School

If your child has a food allergy, you know the importance -- and the challenges -- of finding safe and tasty allergen-friendly snacks. You’re constantly scrutinizing food labels and ingredient lists, and searching for the tiny disclaimers that typically start with “May contain traces of…” Perhaps you’ve written an email or two (or three) to confirm a specific ingredient is nowhere to be found in the factory where the food product was manufactured.

For those with serious food allergies, even a trace amount of the trigger food can lead to life-threatening symptoms and reactions. So when it comes to finding allergy-friendly foods, you can never be too careful and you can never let down your guard.

In response to the increasing prevalence of food allergies among children, food companies have been creating products that serve to make life easier and safer for food allergy customers. Some are allergen-specific, such as peanut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and wheat-free, while others exclude multiple allergens. Allergy-free snacks make life with food allergies more convenient and less stressful, not to mention more enjoyable.

That’s why we have compiled a list of some of the best allergy-friendly snacks. New products are always coming out so we want to make sure you’re aware of all your tasty options. Plus, trying new snacks helps prevent boredom and makes snack time more fun and exciting.

What are allergy-free snacks?

While allergy-free snacks can exclude various ingredients, we are focused on those free of the big 8 allergens:

 1.

Milk

 2.

Egg

 3.

Soy

 4.

Wheat

 5.

Peanuts

 6.

Tree nuts

 7.

Fish

 8.

Shellfish

Some snacks are also free of sesame and/or gluten.

READ: Food Allergies: What You Need to Know

Why keep allergy-free snacks at school?

Keeping a stash of allergy-friendly snacks in your child’s classroom is a good idea in case any impromptu parties pop up, your child finishes what you packed that day, or your child unexpectedly needs something to eat. This will ensure your child won’t feel left out during lunch time, snack time, or anytime there’s a class party or birthday celebration at school.

Make sure their teacher is aware of their food allergies and stores the snacks separated from other classroom snacks. It’s best to place 3-4 different snacks in a container or large zip-lock plastic bag that is clearly labeled, such as: Back-Up Snacks for [Child’s Full Name].

Popular allergy-friendly snacks

Here are some allergen-friendly shelf-stable snack options that are good to have on hand in the classroom. These snacks are common lunchbox and snack items, don’t draw attention to food allergies, and are easy to find because they’re offered by a number of brands. Make sure the ones you choose are produced in a facility that is free of your child’s trigger food.

  • Applesauce
  • Freeze-dried fruits (apples, strawberries, raspberries)
  • Pretzels (gluten-free versions also available)
  • Raisins
  • Dried fruits (apricots, pineapple, cranberries, mango)
  • Veggie chips
  • Rice crackers / rice cakes
  • Popcorn

Popular classroom snacks that aren’t typically allergen-free include granola bars, cookies, and chips. Here are some allergy-free options of these kid-friendly snacks.


Granola Bars

Without A Trace Foods Chewy Granola Bars Made Good Granola Bars Avalanche Bar
Without A Trace Chewy Granola Bars MadeGood Granola Bars Avalanche Bars


Cookies

Without A Trace Foods Cookie Partake Carrot Cake Home Free Cookie
Without A Trace Soft Chocolatey
Chip Cookies
Partake Foods Crunchy Carrot
Cake Cookies
Homefree Vanilla Mini Cookies


Chips

Safe + Fair Popcorn Quinoa Chips Enjoy Life Lentil Chips Simply 7 Kale Chips
Safe + Fair Popcorn Quinoa Chips Enjoy Life Lentil Chips Simply 7 Kale Chips


And finally, here are 8 more delicious allergy-friendly snacks to try if you haven’t already!

  1. Without A Trace Power Bites: Packed with gluten-free oats, chia seeds, and organic dates, these delicious flavor bombs are a delightful way to give your child a nourishing and natural energy boost.
  2. SunButter: Made from sunflower seeds, SunButter spread is a delicious allergy-free alternative to peanut butter and nut butter.
  3. free2b Sun Cups: These tasty treats are a great alternative to peanut butter cups. They’re filled with sunflower seed butter and covered in dairy-free chocolate.
  4. Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit Mixes: Completely nut-free, these trail mixes offer a wholesome snack anytime of the day with ingredients such as sunflower seeds, dried fruits, and dairy-free chocolate chips.
  5. Lundberg Family Farms Brown Rice Cakes: These thick crunchy rice cakes are great alone or with a spread like SunButter. Made only with brown rice and sea salt, there’s also an organic version if you prefer.
  6. Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers: Made with a hearty combination of seeds, including sunflower, pumpkin, and poppy, these gluten-free organic crackers are a good source of plant-based protein.
  7. The Good Bean Crunchy Chickpeas: These protein-packed high fiber chickpea snacks are a great alternative to chips and full of flavor.
  8. MadeGood Crispy Squares: Available in vanilla, strawberry, caramel, and chocolate, these gluten-free chewy and crispy rice treats contain a full serving of vegetables in each piece.

Tips for buying allergy-free snacks

When purchasing allergy-friendly snacks, always keep these tips in mind:

  • Check the ingredient list each time in case it has changed. It’s not uncommon for a food manufacturer to change its ingredients.
  • Confirm the facility is 100% free of your food trigger if that’s important. A product can be free of your food trigger but can be exposed to it in a shared facility. This type of information can typically be found in the FAQ section on the company’s site or you can contact the company to find out.
  • Don’t assume every product from the same brand is safe. A different flavor of the same product could be problematic. A different version of the same product could also be problematic. For example: full-sized granola bars could be made in an allergen-free facility but the mini-bar version could be produced on different equipment in a shared facility. This is another way to repeat our first point: always read the ingredient list and nutrition label  before making a purchase.

Allergy-free snacks have come a long way and new products keep launching to make life with food allergies easier and tastier. Food companies have done a great job of increasing transparency about their ingredients and manufacturing process to make trying new products less nerve-wracking for families with food allergies.

While it’s important to stick to tried and true products, it’s also helpful to expand your options to boost variety and make snack time more enjoyable. In addition to being healthier than standard processed snack foods, many of the new allergy-friendly snacks can be enjoyed by everyone, even if you don’t have a food allergy.