Kids want a fun and tasty lunch. Parents want a safe and healthy lunch their kids will actually eat. With peanut and other food allergies on the rise, more families are looking for alternatives to the traditional PB&J. This week of peanut-free lunch box options is sure to satisfy kids and their parents.
Monday: Cheese and pear sandwich – spread lightly toasted bread with a thin layer of honey mustard, top with a slice of cheese and thinly sliced pear.
Pack with cherry tomatoes, snap pea crisps, melon pieces and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Tuesday: Sunflower butter and jelly sandwich – there are many peanut-free spread alternatives. They are made from soybeans, sunflower seeds or tree nuts. If you can’t find one free of your allergens, you can make your own using safe seeds such as pepitas.
Pack with carrot sticks, kale chips, applesauce, and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Wednesday: Pita filled with hummus, grilled vegetables and olives - hummus is creamy and delicious. Grilled vegetables add sweetness and olives add saltiness. All the things kids love about peanut butter and jelly! There are many brands available, but it is also easy to make.
Pack with strawberries, Harvest Oat Cookies and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Thursday: Cream cheese and apple butter sandwich – spread cream cheese on bread or a bagel. You can also use a dairy-free cream cheese alternative. Switch things up by pairing with apple butter instead of the usual jelly or jam.
Pack with celery sticks, fruit leather and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Friday: Avocado and tomato sandwich – spread bread with mashed avocado and top with tomato slices and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Pack tortilla chips with roasted red pepper dip, carrots, grapes and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Still Need More Ideas?
Check out our Allergy-Friendly School Lunch Box Ideas. Need ideas other than peanut-free?
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