\"Safe\" Snack and Lunch List for School


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 lunches.

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 pumpernickel bagels, rolls, buns English muffin leftover pasta like macaroni & cheese or spaghetti muffins pita bread crackers

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

Milk Products: 2%, 1% skim milk yogurt cheese 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

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

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

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

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

Friday 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 well.

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: 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 present.

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: breads bagels rolls/buns English muffins pita bread breadsticks crackers melba toast rice noodle soup

Milk Products: 2%, 1% or skim milk (white or chocolate) yogurt cheese 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 pizza 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

DO * 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 peanuts) * Peek Frean's Family Digestives and Fruit Cremes * Betty Crocker Dunkaroos * General Mills Graham Treats, Crispy Graham Squares and Chewy Marshmallow * 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 warning) * Quaker Rice Cakes - all flavours (again, read labels!) * Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers

DON'T * 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

[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited October 01, 2002).]

On Oct 12, 2000


[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited April 08, 2001).]

On Oct 13, 2000

What are Sunkist Fruit Snacks? Are they the same as American Sunkist Fruit Gems? Has another of our old reliables (especially for Halloween) been taken away from us?

This was a great post, BTW. I'll be sure to share it with others.

On Oct 13, 2000

Here's an easy snack that's safe: graham crackers spread with cream cheese. Delicious--tastes like cheesecake!

On Oct 14, 2000

(I was just trying to post, and accidentally hit enter and it all disappeared!! I wonder where it went?!?!?) Thanks, Cindy! I did have a couple things jump out at me when I read it (I'm from the US): I'm NOT POSITIVE about this, but our Chips Ahoy cookies are from Nabisco (I admit I don't know how that relates to Christies), and I think the only safe ones are the original. Correct me if I'm wrong, please. Also, I think our KitKats are now labeled May Contain. It's been awhile since I looked, but I think I checked once in line at the grocery store, and remember being surprised - it didn't used to carry that label. AGAIN - PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG. We have enough to deal with - wrong info doesn't help. If I remember, I'll check next time I'm out (about both items). Thanks again, Cindy.

On Oct 14, 2000

Chips Ahoy are "safe" in Canada (Christie's in owned by Nabisco) except for the ones with the multi-coloured chips instead of brown chips. We are not clear if the small packs of them are "safe" or not. KitKat in Canada is also "safe", made under the label of Nestle (formerly Rowntree) and actually owned by Cadbury. I had actually wanted this thread to be a printable thread because this list came from my son's school board policy re PA and a lot of people were asking me for it. I'm still hoping that people are able to print it off and use it for their child's school. I guess I should put a caution in there, that it is dependent on where you are from and to always check the label. Also, I did not mean this thread to be for anything else except this particular list from the school board, so, without being rude, I'm wondering if people have other snack ideas if they could post them as separate threads or in different threads. This was a complete document in itself and took a couple of hours to get posted. I'll post a separate caution post now. Best wishes!


[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited April 08, 2001).]

On Oct 14, 2000



[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited April 08, 2001).]

On Apr 8, 2001

I'm just raising this thread again for some new members on the board who may like to have a look at it.

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


On Jun 24, 2001

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


On Aug 16, 2001

I'm simply re-raising this one for anyone who may like to have the list to provide to their child's school.

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


On Sep 19, 2001

This list has been a great help to me. My son's school is trying to go nut-free and they have asked for a list of safe products. If there is anyone who could e-mail me a list that would be great. I know I should be able to copy it from here but I don't know how to.Thanks [email]tdchambers@westman.wave.ca[/email]


On Apr 20, 2002

Simply re-raising as one of the teachers in Jesse's school (not his) was interested in seeing this.

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


On Apr 26, 2002

Simply re-raising in the hopes that shirriff may see it.

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


On Aug 28, 2002

re-raising [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 28, 2002

Codyman, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] and thank-you for re-raising this one. I just had to send it off to Jesse's new school to-day.

Yesterday, out shopping, I found "safe" Kraft Lunchables, not that I exactly *believe* in Lunchables, but the kids picked one with six pieces cheese, six pieces bologna, six Ritz crackers and a package of Nerds and a juice box. The price - $1.00! I was completely blown away. They're obviously on sale for back-to-school. Also safe, but without the Nerds candy and juice box were the ham and cheese ones also on sale. I didn't check the safety of the Waffles one because I really thought cold waffles wouldn't be that appetizing.

After we had bought them, Jesse told me that he had always thought that Lunchables were unsafe. I told him that no, some of them were, it depends on who makes them and what it is and I also showed him for each item there is a separate ingredient list to read. I know that one of the brands, not clear who, but their Pizza one wasn't "safe" and it was in the pizza dough ingredients that it had the "may contain".

Don't know why I'm babbling on about that in this thread, but they are actually "safe", some of them, if you look and if you can get them on sale yesterday like I did, well I was quite blown away. It's basically what I pack in my kids' lunches anyway, but all in one package.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


On Sep 28, 2002

Hi Cindy

I just wanted to thank you again for compiling this list. I've offered it to more people than I can count at Canadian schools across the country (via e-mail) and they find it incredibly helpful. The comment I usually get is "Wow, this is WAY more helpful than the info I got from the school", so kudos to you!

One thing I was wondering about was if you could edit the last part to add some recently discovered "safe" snacks? I also added a line above the list about how this list is just a guideline and shoppers [b]must[/b] check labelling to be sure production line changes haven't been made. I can't edit your original post, but I can supply some more product names for you. Here are some:

* Dad's Oatmeal cookies - all flavours (this is new - please check the labelling because some of the older bags may still have the peanut warning) * Quaker Rice Cakes - all flavours (again, read labels!) * Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers

Are there others that you can think of? I'll also do a search in the Manufacturers section for updated list of safe Canadian snacks. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


On Sep 28, 2002

Cayley's Mom, I will definitely edit the list for you (and others as well) with the new items you have found probably tomorrow (computer time limited right now - another long Spowart Cook story [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )

At any rate, I can't take the thanks for this one at all. Simcoe County District School Board actually provided me with this list when Jesse started JK in their district. So, it did come from a school board! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] It's interesting though, what I have seen in comparison from other school boards, you're right, it does stand out.

However, I'm also fairly clear that Simcoe County got this list from someone like Anaphylaxis Canada (there *should* be credits on the list above, not clear if there are - I just remember the daunting task of typing it all out).

It is good though and has helped a lot of people - I also want to edit out the Mr. Noodle all together and don't even want to confuse people by suggesting that store name versions, as the one you found last year (or the year before?) are safe.

So, yes, I will re-do it so it is more comprehensive (thanks to you).

Also, if you check under Manufacturers (or is that where we are now [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ?) I have put Kellogg's latest version of PA/TNA safe products that I received in the mail also there and there have been some up-dates to that list as well. That might also be helpful to others as I provided this list specifically to a teacher at Jesse's school who was looking for safe snacks that didn't need refrigeration and were fairly nutritious.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


On Jan 20, 2003

Simply re-raising in the hopes that it might help annshel. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


On Apr 29, 2003

Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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


On Apr 29, 2003

Cayley's Mom very kindly up-dated the original list posted in October month. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Again, this list is Canadian specific.

On the "safe" list of products I can also add Nestle's Mirage chocolate bar and Mr. Christie's Chocolate Creme Oreo cookies.

I must admit that a LOT of the "safe" products listed above, I have never looked at because my kids simply haven't been interested.

Also, in reading through just the general list of what to provide your child to eat (at school), not manufacturer specific, please remember to check all labels of things such as breads, bagels, pitas for "may contain" warnings (even if they may be rare).

Yes, definitely read all of the labels before purchasing anything above that has been designated as "safe". But, since Cayley's Mom did the research in October month, I'm fairly clear that nothing has really changed.

It would be *nice* to get some more safe additions to the list. I'm thinking Chapman's Popsicles right now (but I have to find the specific kind, just bought them this week-end, not the first time either).

Mr. Christie's Triscuits Mr. Christie's Ritz Crackers (regular size) Mr. Christie's Vegetable Thins

Are those all incorporated in the original list above? If not, I'll come back in and do so at a later time.

If anyone would like to place additions in this thread (or the other one running which is exactly the same), I would be pleased to edit my post and credit the person so that we have a comprehensive list all in one post. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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


On May 14, 2003

Has anyone made up their own safe snack list and provided it to the school? Our school nurse suggested I do this, but it is a little difficult. I only want to put items/brands that I *really* trust, and of course the list would have to be updated whenever there was a change. Just curious if anyone has done this and what was on the list.

On May 14, 2003

I don't have a list but I'm trying to compile one. My 22 mo old dd is severly PA (level 5) and she's always eaten the following without any problems:

All the Gerber Graduate products Kelloggs NutriGrain bars and mini bites Keebler Vanilla wafers Kellogg's Pop Tart Snak Stix - Double Chocolate (we use for a desert treat, not for breakfast) Honey Maid Graham crackers or Graham cracker sticks Pepperidge Farm Cheese fishes Regular Cheerios Fruit Snacks Tootsie rolls DumDums

I've also seen the following on various threads. So we've started trying recently with no reactions; General Mills Milk & Cereal bars Teddy Grahams (except choc chip variety) Regular sized Ritz crackers Sunmaid raisins, except the 1 oz bag size Skittles Hershey's kisses

Also note, this is U.S. based.

Be Safe!

On May 16, 2003

Thank you for posting your list. Most of what you have, is also on the list I am making (I'm in the US also). I'll post mine when it's closer to finished. It's sort of difficult to find absolutely safe prepackaged snacks to put on the list!

On Aug 6, 2003

Simply re-raising for Ginger. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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


On Sep 2, 2003

Updating the last part of the list (brand name section) - any others to add?


Peanut Guide for Snacks/Lunches in Our (Canadian) 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. Since the manufacturer may change lines and production procedures, please use this as a guideline but always check the label to make sure the item is still safe.

DO * 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 peanuts) * Peek Frean's Family Digestives and Fruit Cremes * Betty Crocker Dunkaroos * General Mills Graham Treats, Crispy Graham Squares and Chewy Marshmallow * Nestle Regular Smarties and Sundae Smarties (check label on Seasonal Smarties

On Feb 4, 2004

Simply re-raising for kkeene. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] With the caution that things may have changed since the list was originally posted so please read labels and also that it is Canadian specific.

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


On Nov 19, 2005



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

------------------ "That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

On May 1, 2006

re-raising for me and a friend [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On May 1, 2006

Codyman, the same one under Schools (originally) is more up-to-date. I'll re-raise that one for you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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

------------------ If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.