Yesterday we had park date with some friends. It was finally warm and sunny up in here in New England and most of the kids are on spring break, so a picnic lunch at our favorite playground seemed like a must. Watching the kids eat their lunches got me thinking! One kid shared her Veggie Straws, another his Teddy Grahams, and since none of the four kids there had any severe food allergies, I didn’t have to worry as much on this particular day. (Though I do make sure that hands are washed well before playing on any equipment as an extra precaution!)
But what if you want to meet up with your friend whose daughter has a severe peanut/tree nut allergy? Or a dairy allergy? I threw together a quick list of some of our favorite allergy-friendly snacks to share! Remember to always ask before you offer anything to anyone though!
There is something in this list for everyone!!! (Though please remember we are just your friends on the internet)
Bitsy’s Brainfood – These alphabet shaped cookies are a new favorite of ours! After trying the samples they gave us at Expo West, we quickly went on a search. Our local Target carries them! I asked Levi which were his favorite and he “thinks” the chocolate ones. Though he hasn’t said no yet to the oatmeal variety. They are made with organic ingredients, an excellent source of omega-3 DHA + EPA and made in nut free facility.
HomeFree – Levi’s favorite is the double chocolate, the vanilla ones taste like a vanilla wafer and the chocolate chip… Well… Let’s just say none last too long around here. They are a delicious source of whole grain and made in a dedicated bakery free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and gluten!
Utz Pretzels – Always a favorite! Our family is particularly fond of the extra dark. Utz is free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs (their pretzel plant does not have peanuts or tree nuts in the facility). You can find their nut allergy statement here.
Don’t Go Nuts – There are 6 flavors of these delicious energy bars to choose from. Their nut-free ingredients are processed only with nut-free equipment. They also ensure that they remain nut-free throughout storage and transportation. There is no artificial anything, are 78% organic and they are also non-GMO. A great snack for group activities, classrooms and sports!
Nature’s Bakery – You’re definitely going to want to purchase a variety pack of these, and if you can decide on a favorite flavor we’ll be really impressed. Their fig bars are baked on oven lines that are strictly used for the production of fig bars and do not share equipment with nut products, are dairy-free and do not contain eggs or soy. Their allergen info is here.
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks – I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like these! The Tropical Treat flavor is a favorite in our home. They have also updated their allergen statement recently. “At Annie’s, we take every precaution to ensure that cross contamination of ingredients does not occur in our production facility. We run the products in a particular order to reduce the risk of cross contamination, take the equipment apart and thoroughly clean it in between runs of product.” To read more check here.
Enjoy Life – It wouldn’t be a good list without at least one of their wonderful products! The Seed and Fruit mix is a new favorite for us. A yummy medley of sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, apricots and cranberries, Beach Bash® belongs with you at the shore, on the trail or on the go. Nut-free, it’s perfect for people with nut allergies and makes a great school-safe classroom snack.
Skinny Pop – Safest popcorn on the market! Unless you pop your own at home :). Dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free and gluten free as well as non-gmo! We purchase the snack bags otherwise our portion control is kind of a problem!
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