\"Safe\" Snack and Lunch List for School

Posted on: Sun, 06/24/2001 - 12:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

The following information was obtained from a document entitled
Anaphylaxis, A Resource Document for Schools. It was produced and
distributed by Nutrition Services, North York Public Health
Department, Telephone #416-395-7669

Peanut Butter-Less Lunches
Are you finding it challenging to make lunches and snacks for your
children without the famous peanut butter sandwich? Well, say
goodbye to the old stand-by and hello to easy-to-make peanut-free

If you are concerned that your child will not be getting enough protein
at lunch without peanut butter, you'll be happy to know that they're
probably getting more than enough protein each day already. Most
people can easily meet their daily protein requirements by choosing
foods from the four food groups of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy
Eating. While protein is primarily found in Meat & Alternates and Milk
Products, smaller amounts are also in the Grain Products and
Vegetables and Fruit groups.

The following foods have approximately the same amount of protein
as 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (1 serving of Meat & Alternatives):

1 oz. meat
1 oz. cheddar cheese
1 cup yogurt
1 cup Raisin Bran (Post)
1 cup milk

In fact, one slice of cheese pizza has almost two times the protein as
2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

School Lunch Ideas - Easy, Nutritious and Peanut Butter-less!

The lunch meal should contain at least one food from each of the four
food groups of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Mix and Match
to plan a balanced lunch:

Grain Products:
bread - whole
wheat, rye, cracked
wheat, oatmeal
bagels, rolls, buns
English muffin
leftover pasta like macaroni & cheese or spaghetti
pita bread

Vegetables & Fruit:
fresh fruit
canned fruit in own juices
fruit juice
vegetable sticks (with dip)
vegetable juice

Milk Products:
2%, 1% skim milk
cottage cheese
milk-based custard or pudding
milk-based cream soup
quark cheese
cheese slices

Meat & Alternatives:
hard boiled egg
chick peas
refried beans
leftover chicken leg
cold meatloaf
cold cuts
hot chili con carne
hot vegetarian chili
hot beef stew
leftover pizza
hot baked beans
hot lentil soup

Example Peanut Butter-less Menus

sliced meat, cheese and lettuce in a pita, carrot sticks, orange slices,

cold hard boiled egg, celery stuffed with soft cheese, raisin bran
muffin, milk pudding, fruit juice

crackers with cheese cubes (or cheese slices) & sliced cold cuts,
cucumber slices, canned fruit (in juice), milk

leftover pizza slice, green pepper rings, yogurt, fruit juice

leftover spaghetti with meat sauce, vegetables & dip, fresh fruit, milk

Plus...peanut butter-less snacks!

plain yogurt mixed with fruit
milk puddings
fruit cups (canned in juice)
any fresh fruit
celery sticks stuffed with soft cheese
cheese and crackers
whole grain cereal
whole grain muffin
half bagel with cheese
juice boxes - vegetable or fruit
popcorn for older children
vegetables with dip
sliced meat wrapped around cheese sticks
hard boiled egg
mini pitas stuff with cheese - try cream, Swiss, Gouda
mini bagels with cream cheese and cucumber slices

Don't forget to pack food safely:
- use a wide-mouth thermos to keep milk cold and foods, like chili and
pasta, hot.
- to keep food cold, use frozen juice boxes or frozen bread for
sandwiches (they will thaw by lunchtime) or use an insulated lunch
bag. Sandwiches that are made the night before will stay colder
better than those made in the morning.


Why has my child's school asked me to avoid sending peanut
products? Whether it is your child or another child in the same school,
daycare or camp that has a peanut allergy, everyone's co-operation
may be necessary to help make that environment as peanut-free as
possible. Peanut allergies are usually severe and can be fatal. In fact,
even a tiny amount of exposure to peanut particles or residue through
the eyes, nose or mouth can cause a peanut allergy sufferer to
experience strong reactions. Without medical treatment, the person
can die within minutes.

Can't the allergic child just avoid peanuts?
Because of the nature of peanut allergies, having the allergic child
simply avoid peanut products is not enough. Peanuts tend to leave
residue on things like utensils, containers and table tops. Even
unintentionally sniffing peanuts or touching something with peanut
residue can prove fatal to the allergic child.

Are peanuts the same as nuts?
No. Peanuts are "ground" nuts and thus are not really nuts but a
member of the legume family. Although it would be unusual for
someone to be allergic to other legumes, it is possible, especially to
soy. All other nuts are "tree" nuts, e.g. walnuts, cashews, almonds,
etc. Allergies to tree nuts are unusually severe as well. It is rare,
although possible, for someone to be allergic to both nuts and
peanuts. On the other hand, most people who are allergic to one tree
nut are also allergic to other tree nuts and sometimes to seeds as

How can peanuts be avoided?
Avoiding peanuts means not sending any foods from home for snacks
and lunches that contain peanut products. If peanut butter is one of
your child's favourite foods, you may feel some despair about what
else to provide. Here are some tips for reading labels on food
packages to determine if peanuts are present and some alternative
ideas for peanut-free snacks and lunches. Parents of peanut-allergic
children: please share with other parents your ideas and any brand
names of specific products to use or avoid.

Reading Labels:

When buying pre-packaged, prepared foods, read the labels carefully.
Check the list of ingredients. Recheck each time you buy a product to
ensure the list of ingredients has not changed. Avoid any products
that do not carry a complete list of ingredients. For example, bulk
foods and goods from on-site bakeries do not have ingredient lists
because these foods are not pre-packaged.

Ingredients containing/made from peanuts:
peanut butter
mixed nuts
peanut sauce
peanut oil
peanut meal
peanut flour
ground nuts
mandalona nuts*
* peanuts that have been de-coloured and de-flavoured, then
artificially flavoured with a nut flavouring and finally moulded or cut to
resemble a nut

Ingredients that may contain peanuts:
vegetable oil
vegetable shortening
vegetable/plant protein
vegetable/almond paste

In addition, you need to check to see if any foods contain peanuts.
Although this is not a comprehensive list, here are some foods you
should check before using:
candy, baked goods, Chinese foods, macaroons, potato chips, fried
snack foods, fried foods, cake icings, chocolate bars, margarine,
canned fish packed in oil, canned sardines, packed olives, salad
dressings, chili con carne, ice cream, granola bars

Please note that many of these foods may not contain peanuts, but
you first need to check each ingredient list carefully, especially for
types of vegetable oils. Regulations in Canada now require Canadian
manufacturers to list peanut oil if it is part of the vegetable oil or
product. Fortunately, peanut oil is not often used, because it is quite
expensive. For any home-prepared foods, check the ingredient list for
each product being used. Be wary of non-Canadian products, as they
are not subject to the same labelling requirements. For example,
imported chocolate bars may not list peanuts, even when they are

Peanut-Free Snack Ideas

Choose from Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Here are some
ideas, but remember that you need to check the labels of any
pre-packaged or prepared foods and any ingredients that you use in
home-prepared foods.

* yogurt
* milk
* fresh fruit
* cheese and crackers
* unsweetened cereal
* yogurt mixed with fruit
* milk pudding
* canned fruit packed in juice
* cheese-stuffed celery sticks
* homemade muffin
* raw vegetables with yogurt dip
* half bagel with cream cheese
* plain popcorn
* mini pita stuffed with tuna salad
* juice
* hard-cooked egg
* slice of meat
* half salami sandwich

Peanut-Free Lunch Ideas

A nutritious lunch should contain three or four food groups from
Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating: Grain Products, Vegetables &
Fruit (preferably some of each) and Milk Products and/or Meat &
Alternatives. Mix and match the following ideas, remembering to read
the labels of pre-packaged foods or ingredients you use in
home-prepared foods:

Grain Products:
English muffins
pita bread
melba toast
noodle soup

Milk Products:
2%, 1% or skim milk
(white or chocolate)
cottage cheese
milk pudding

Vegetables & Fruit:
fresh fruit
canned fruit in juice
fruit juices
vegetable or tomato juice
raw vegetable pieces
vegetable-based salads, e.g., tossed salad
coleslaw, potato salad
leftover cooked vegetables
vegetable-based soups, e.g., tomato, broccoli, mixed vegetable
fruit salads

Meat & Alternatives:
hard-cooked egg
leftover chicken leg
cold meats, e.g., roast beef, ham, turkey
salami, pastrami
water-packed tuna or salmon
beans or lentils
leftover meatloaf

Combination Foods:
beef stew
homemade chili
grain and vegetable salads, e.g., tabouli
soups, e.g., chicken noodle, minestrone
pasta with sauce
macaroni and cheese
vegetables with yogurt dip
sub/sandwich, e.g., meat and cheese sub
chicken salad on light rye bread

Example Peanut-Free Lunch Menu

egg sandwich on pumpernickel bread, celery sticks, banana, 1% milk

tomato soup, melba toast, cheddar cheese, red & green pepper strips,
orange juice

Greek salad, half whole wheat bagel, slice of cantaloupe, 1% milk

left over pizza, carrot sticks, chopped mango in vanilla yogurt, apple

tuna salad in a pita, cucumber slices, orange sections, 2% chocolate

Tips for Safe, Successful Lunches and Snacks:

Before preparing food, make sure that all cutting boards, food
preparation utensils, counter tops and containers are clean. For items
that are to be served hot, rinse out a wide mouth thermos with
boiling water. Add piping hot food and close tightly. A small freezer
pack will help keep cold lunch and snack items safe.

Be kind to the environment - make lunches as litterless as possible. A
lunch bag/box and reusable containers and utensils are ideal. Also, a
surprise now and then, like a sticker or a special note, will add
interest and enjoyment for your child. Have your child involved in
planning and preparing snacks and lunches, in order to increase the
likelihood of the foods being eaten!

For More Information

This information does not replace any advice given by a physician and
does not provide all of the necessary information to deal with peanut
allergies. Parents and caregivers need to develop a plan for
preventing and treating allergic reactions while the allergic child is in
the group setting.

Further information on food allergies can be obtained from:
* The Allergy and Asthma Information Association, 30 Eglinton
Avenue West, Suite #750, Mississauga, Ontario L5R 3E7 Telephone:
(905) 712-AAIA (2242)
* The Ontario Allergy Society, 2 Demaris Avenue, Downsview, Ontario
M3N 1M1 Telephone: (416) 633-2215

Peanut Guide for Snacks/Lunches in Our Classroom

It is important to continue to be vigilant when a child has a peanut
allergy. The following is a list of suitable and unsuitable snacks or
lunch items.

* Kellogg's NutriGrain Cereal Bars
* Kellogg's Rice Krispie Squares (original flavour only)
* Christie Fig Newtons
* Christie Chips Ahoy and Chewy Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies
* Christie Barnumm's Animal Crackers
* Christie Teddy Grahams
* Christie Oreo cookies (large ones only; snack packs may contain
* Peek Frean's Family Digestives and Fruit Cremes
* Betty Crocker Dunkaroos
* General Mills Graham Treats, Crispy Graham Squares and Chewy
* Nestle Smarties, KitKat, Aero and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars
* Kraft Jello pudding snacks
* Kraft Magic Moments pudding snacks
* Delmonte Rich 'n' Creamy pudding cups
* Any Kraft products without an allergy alert including cheese and
cracker snack packs
* Dad's Oatmeal cookies - all flavours (this is new - please check the
labelling because some of the older bags may still have the peanut
* Quaker Rice Cakes - all flavours (again, read labels!)
* Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers

* any products that do not have a list of ingredients
* baked goods from home
* any granola or breakfast/cereal bar
* Sunkist Fruit snacks
* Betty Crocker Soda-licious
* Breton Crackers
* Any Laura Secord products
* All ice cream except Chapman's in the square box
* items containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein may contain peanuts

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


[This message has been edited by Alternative to Mainstream (edited October 01, 2002).]

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

Do you have a child with peanut allergies and an upcoming birthday? Perhaps you'd like to bake a...

Most nut butters provide all the same benefits: an easy sandwich spread, a great dip for veggies, a fun addition to a smoothie. But not...

Do you have a sweet tooth and more specifically a chocolate craving? Those with peanut allergies must...