Nut Free Classroom: There Are Still Options!

sunbutterOne of my children eats a fairly strict vegan diet.  Nuts and nut butters are a large source of protein for him, especially for snacks.  Put said child in a nut-free classroom, and things get tricky! Yes, there are plenty of snacks he can eat besides nuts and nut butters.  For a growing child who also swims competitively though, nut butters are a great source of protein and calories.  They augment fruits, vegetables and carbs and make the snack even more nutritionally dense.  It is not the end of the world if nut butters are a no-no because there are still options. Here is a simple list of popular snacks for my very busy mostly vegan 4th grader.  Sunflower Butter (brand above is peanut and tree-nut free***) is a perfect substitute for nut butters in all of the following snacks!

  • apples and SunButter
  • rice cakes and SunButter
  • bagel and SunButter
  • banana and SunButter
  • celery and SunButter
  • carrots and SunButter
  • SunButter and jelly sandwich
  • SunButter and jelly muffins

The list goes on and on.  Sunflower seed butter is delicious, and it is a great alternative for those of you who have a child in a nut-free classroom!

***If your child is in a classroom with a child who has a severe nut allergy, it is important to check the label to make sure that the product is tree-nut and peanut free.  If it is processed on equipment that also processes these things, then it could still contain allergens.  The label should clearly state that the product is tree-nut and peanut free or that it is processed on equipment that also processes tree-nuts or peanuts.

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