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These nut free snack ideas are perfect for sending in your children's lunchbox if they are allergic to nuts or if their school has gone nut-free.

7 Nut Free Snacks for the Classroom

Looking for nut free snacks to pack inside the lunchbox or bring to school?

Even if you don’t have a child with a nut allergy, you may have to stop packing nuts for your children if their school has gone “nut-free.” Nut allergies are common and very serious, so some schools are taking precaution by banning nuts in all kids’ lunches and snacks.

Here at MOMables, our mission is to provide you with easy, realistic meal ideas that accommodate your family’s allergies and preferences. We even have a whole roundup of allergy-friendly recipes!

Need more meal ideas, even allergy-friendly ones? Grab our free sample meal plan to make meal and snack time easier!

These 7 nut-free snacks are perfect to send in your child’s lunchbox for snack time during the school day. In charge of the whole class’ snacks? These are great for that, too! All the kids will devour these delicious snacks, and no one will have to worry about their nut allergies.

 

These nut free snack ideas are perfect for sending in your children's lunchbox if they are allergic to nuts or if their school has gone nut-free.

1. Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

7 Nut Free Snacks for the Classroom

Finding a granola bar without a ton of added sugar is tough, and the mission is even harder when you have a child with a nut allergy. It’s so much easier (and cheaper) to make your own at home with this recipe! These bars smell like banana muffins, but with a crunchy, granola texture. Wrap them individually for easy lunch box packing!

 

2. Apple Fritter Muffins (Regular and Gluten-free)

these apple fritter muffins are a great nut-free snack for the classroom

Get all the classic flavors of apple fritters without the long preparation process and frying in these baked muffins! They can be made for an easy breakfast, but they’re also great to send with your kid for snack time at school. There’s also a gluten-free option if your child is nut- and gluten-free! Everyone can enjoy these delicious muffins.

 

3. Gluten-Free “Wheat” Thin Crackers

homemade wheat-thin crackers are a great nut-free snack for the classroom

Everyone loves the delicious crunch of crackers. They make perfect portable snacks and can be served with your family’s favorite dips and spreads. And they’re gluten-free! Send a whole batch to school with your child so he can share them with all of his friends. These crackers would go great with hummus, ranch, or seed butter!

 

4. Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

homemade fruit roll-ups are a great nut free snack for the classroom

Never buy the boxed fruit roll-ups again! Do those things even contain real fruit?? Who knows. These fruit leathers are simple and require just 2 ingredients. These are perfect for snacks because all kids love the natural sweetness of fruit! It doesn’t hurt that it’s served in a fun and different way, too.

 

5. Chocolate Coconut Granola

nut free snacks classroom back to school chocolate coconut granola

Throw a few handfuls of this delicious granola into your kid’s lunch box for snack time and he will definitely eat it all! The chocolate-y deliciousness is too good to resist. Make sure to use seeds instead of nuts in the recipe, or you can leave them out entirely! Either way, this granola will definitely be a hit at snack time.

 

6. Homemade Cheese Crackers (Regular and Gluten-Free)

nut free snacks classroom back to school cheese crackers gluten free

Cheese crackers are a kid favorite, and now nut- and gluten-free kids can enjoy them, too! These cheesy crackers are so delicious on their own, you won’t be able to have just a handful. The whole class at school will love these crispy crackers. Your kids will be begging you to pack them for snack time!

 

7. Whole Grain Brown Rice Krispy Treats

nut free snacks classroom back to school brown rice whole grain krispy treats chocolateThese brown rice krispy treats are definitely a more decadent snack, but since we’re using better ingredients than the ones in the box, you can feel good about sending them to school with your kids! These treats are simple to make, crunchy, and perfectly sweet. The recipe calls for peanut butter, but you can sub any non-nut butter, like sunflower seed butter.

Do you have a child with a nut allergy? Has your child’s school gone nut-free? What are your favorite nut-free snacks? We’d love to hear from you below!

 

 

healthy school lunch idea: hummus pizza lunch with veggies!

Healthy Lunch Idea: Easy DIY Pizza Lunch

Looking for a healthy lunch idea your kids will love? Check out this DIY Pizza lunch! super easy to make with fresh ingredients.

Need an easy and healthy school lunch idea? Check out this DIY pizza lunch!

healthy school lunch idea: hummus pizza lunch with veggies!

My kids love interactive lunches. You know, the kind they can put ingredients together and build their delicious masterpiece while talking to their friends.

I first launched MOMables to help parents make healthier versions of some of their favorite school lunches and meals, and everyone asked me for a “healthy pizza.”

In our weekly meal plans, we include tons of variety that help thousands switch up the classic pb&j sandwich, ham and cheese and even steer away from store bought boxed lunches.

What I love about this pizza lunch is that it engages kids to play with their veggies, to use them as pizza crusts and toppings, and to have fun with their foods! The lunchbox is an EasyLunchboxes container. 

The toppings are unlimited and the pizza combinations are endless. The bonus is that making this lunch is really easy.

The reason I chose to use hummus for this lunch is because the last time I tried to send a build-your-own pizza lunch to school tomato sauce went everywhere. That was the last time, clearly.

I also just found this “pizza” hummus by Sabra at the grocery store and it really does taste like pizza. Don’t worry, they don’t have meat or tomato sauce in it; it’s the seasonings and fine pieces of red pepper that give it it’s pizza-like flavor.

If you think this lunch idea is fun, wait until you see the ones in our sample meal plans.

Healthy Lunch Idea: Easy DIY Pizza Lunch
 
Author:
Serves: 1 lunch
Ingredients
  • ½ round pita, cut in wedges
  • ½ large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 single Sabra Pizza Hummus or,
  • your favorite hummus
  • toppings of choice (sliced olives, tomatoes, peppers)
Instructions
  1. Assemble all items inside a divided lunch container or divide with silicone muffin liners.
  2. Pack inside the lunchbox along with a spoon to spread the hummus onto pita wedges.

From time to time, I work with awesome companies to develop recipes for this website.  Today’s post was brought to you by Sabra Dipping Co. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that encourage my creativity. 

How to Buy the Best School Lunch Containers (Podcast)

Tips and tricks you should know to buy the best school lunch containers. 

This week on Momables Radio, Laura talks to Kelly Lester, the creator of EasyLunchboxes.com, the #1 best-selling lunch containers on Amazon. In addition to being a CEO, wife, and mom of three, Kelly is a singer, actor, and cookbook author.

how to buy the best school lunch containers podcast | MOMables.com

Download: Buying the Best Lunch Containers: Kelly Lester of EasyLunchboxes on iTunes & Stitcher.

Kelly shares her insights on finding the right containers to pack healthy school lunches for our kids. She talks about finding the right solution—whatever the product might be—that will make our lives easier and simplify the process of making real food convenient.

When Kelly’s girls started school, she was not thrilled with what school lunches had to offer. She wanted to be able to send her kids to school with simple, healthy food. She soon discovered that the inefficiency of mismatched containers and the frustrating puzzle of putting it all together was enough to drive anyone crazy! This frustration was the inspiration for creating EasyLunchboxes.

Today, Kelly talks about all things lunch. What’s the best way to figure out whether a lunch container will work for your kids? Should you buy lunch bags to fit containers or containers to fit lunch bags? And why in the world does Laura keep lidless EasyLunchboxes in her car?

Kelly believes that laying the foundation for healthy eating starts when your children are young. She discusses her thoughts and offers tips for getting them involved. She also tells us how that foundation paid off in the long run. Hint: Her oldest daughter sends photos to mom of the lunches she’s packed for herself! Kelly’s cookbook Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Easy Lunch Boxes even has a whole chapter dedicated to college lunches.

Of course, healthy, easy lunches aren’t just for kids. Kelly and Laura talk about the many benefits of packing lunches for adults too. Saving money is on the top of the list, but that’s just the start.

Finally, in Laura’s “one piece of advice” series, find out what Kelly credits with helping her be successful in all aspects of her life.

Links to items discussed during this show:

You can connect with Kelly across all of social media:

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google +

E-mail me at podcasts@momables.com to tell me what you thought of this week’s show and to offer suggestions for future episodes.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Dippers: A “Sandwich” Alternative

Do you have kids who ONLY WANT PB&J?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Dippers a fun school lunch idea via MOMables.com

Sometimes changing up a classic is all it takes to keep lunch interesting. And with something as basic as the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it gives you the opportunity to let the “sides” take center stage!

Believe me, it’s okay to need more ideas; we all fall into a school lunch rut! For this reason, you can get more delivered to your inbox by clicking here

Isn’t it funny when kids want the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich over and over again? Funny enough, I often see it as an opportunity to introduce new treats and things with this popular lunch.

In this lunch, I surprised them with “dippers.” Kids just love to dip! They were a huge hit! Everyone was happy, PLUS they all ate double the amount of veggies they’d normally choose at lunch time! They came back for seconds (not pictured).

They were having so much fun showing off their sandwich fingers that they sat at the table longer, and nibbled on their carrots and broccoli while watching each other.

Another fun way to encourage kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is with dip, and what better than a healthy dip that works well with both!

A yummy dip paired with fresh fruits and veggies and a fun twist on an old favorite, this lunch is full of lots of smaller, easy-to-eat foods and is perfect for short lunch periods.

MOM Tip: This fruit dip tastes great with apples, so be sure to treat them after cutting so they don’t turn brown by lunchtime with tips from MOMables!

Dip tastes amazing with strawberry yogurt instead of plain, but omit the honey, and stick to dipping fruit. Maybe celery, if you’re adventurous like me! *wink*

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PBJ Dippers - Dip
 
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This dip is perfect for fruit, sandwiches, or even veggies!
Author:
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey (omit if using sweetened yogurt)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and blend well.
  2. Serve with an assortment of dippable fruits and vegetables, such as apples, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, and celery.
 

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10 Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas by MOMables

Need non-sandwich lunch ideas to fill your lunch box? 

10 non-sandwich lunch box ideas recipes via momables.com 

Our Meal Plans are designed to help you add variety to your family’s lunches and meals. They include non-sandwich ideas that are made with real ingredients and quick to prepare.

To help you get out of your sandwich routine a little, we’ve put together a post with Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas!

If you want more fun ideas delivered to your inbox, for FREE, click here. 

Not every kid loves bread or, due to dietary restrictions, can have it. Specialty gluten-free and allergy-friendly breads can get expensive! Don’t worry, we got you covered, including two delicious new MOMables recipes in this post!

Mini Pumpkin Pancakes are a fun way to rock Breakfast for Lunch! The best part about pancakes is when you make one big batch, you can freeze them so they’re ready at your fingertips for breakfast on the go or in your lunch box.

Another yummy idea are our simple Apple Wraps. Tons of flavor without the bread! They’re also low in carbohydrates making them diabetic-friendly.

My daughter loves egg salad. The MOMables recipe for Greek Yogurt Egg Salad isa kid pleaser! That recipe is available when you subscribe to our free newsletter by clicking here.

Pizza is another family hit! Our gluten- and grain-free crust recipe can be made into different fun shapes with your choice of toppings.

Another grain-free favorite? Veggie Lasagna Cups. A great way to add more veggies into lunches with tons of delicious flavor.

Speaking of veggies, have you made our Spinach Artichoke Cups yet? Turn a delicious appetizer into a fun finger food for lunch.

Berry Good Wraps for Berry Good Kids! ;) Another MOMables recipe included at the bottom of this post, it’s a delicious salad wrapped in a healthy tortilla. Yum!

There’s a reason our Homemade Chicken Nugget recipe has been pinned more than 2,000 times. It’s simple and delicious! Stop buying the unhealthy bagged ones in the freezer section, and make your own for dinners or lunches.

As fall approaches, or family gatherings, break away from the typical “leftover turkey sandwich,” and try our Easy Turkey Broccoli Quiche recipe instead. A yummy lunch box treat for kids and adults!

Change up the typical burrito by adding nutritious black beans and sweet potatoes. It’s a great way to use up leftover sides from dinner, rolled into a delicious wrap for lunch!

Berry Good Wraps
 
MOM Tip: Lightly dress spinach-strawberry salad right before packing, or put dressing in a side container for dipping.
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Cuisine: Lunches
Serves: Serves 1
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 1 8-inch tortilla (whole-wheat recommended)
  • Small handful baby spinach
  • 2 or 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 slice nitrate-free bacon, cooked and crumbled (organic recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Instructions
  1. Spread the cream cheese over the tortilla.
  2. Layer the spinach and strawberries, and top with the bacon.
  3. Lightly sprinkle with the dressing.
  4. Roll tightly, and cut the wrap in half.
 

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