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25 Nut-Free Lunchbox Ideas

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One of the biggest questions we get each year during back to school is for nut-free lunch ideas. With peanut and nut allergies on the rise in recent years, many schools have issued a ban on nuts and nut butter in lunchbox and classroom snacks.

While some ban only peanut butter, I’ve heard from an increasing number of people that anything resembling peanut has also been banned, including sun or soy butter.

I’ve lived with a nut allergy my whole life. Thankfully, that is not something my boys have to deal with.

I understand the frustrations fellow parents have about not being able to send certain items in their kids’ lunchboxes to school, especially those with kids who will only eat a PB&J, but it’s important to note how severe and life-threatening a nut allergy can be.

If your school has gone nut-free or you have a child with a nut allergy, we’ve got you covered with healthy and delicious nut-free ideas.I f you’re looking for alternatives to peanut butter, trail mixes, pesto and more, check out these Nut-Free Alternatives for Kids.

For more information or support for food allergies in children, visit Kids with Food Allergies or Allergy Kids. Also, check out Kid-e Tags, mom-invented emergency ID tags and safety products that quickly relay vital information to an adult, caregiver or medical personnel in an emergency. Great for kids with food allergies or medical conditions!

Nut-Free Lunches for Kids

Trish James

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Trish James

Trish is a grocery industry veteran of 15 years, specifically in the produce industry for nine, working alongside health-conscious brands. Trish is the mom of two very active boys and passionate about helping others, especially in her community, which is why she appreciates the work we do at Produce for Kids. She can be found volunteering weekly at her local food bank. Trish loves providing useful, relevant, and realistic resources to Produce for Kids followers – no parent-shaming, just inspiring new habits and celebrating wins. Find her regular contributions on the Produce for Kids Blog.

2 Comments on 25 Nut-Free Lunchbox Ideas

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  1. Our school hasn’t banned anything yet. My youngest daughter is 8 and her best friend is allergic to peanuts. In order for them to sit together at lunch I always make her lunch peanut free. I make her lunch first and use Wowbutter. Then I finish packing her lunchbox including her drink and close it and put it by the door. Then I make the other kids lunch which is usually P,B & J. Then I wash my hands incase I touch the peanut free lunch box again. We haven’t had any problems in 4 years, but I am pretty careful. I hope my school can keep this up. There are only 2 in the elementary school they go to with peanut allergies so far.

  2. Thankyou for sharing!!

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