Kids want a fun and tasty lunch. Parents want a safe and healthy lunch their kids will actually eat. Families managing peanut allergy are looking for alternatives to the traditional peanut butter and jelly. This week of peanut-free lunch box options is sure to satisfy kids and their parents.
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Cheese and pear sandwich: Spread lightly toasted bread with a thin layer of honey mustard, top with a slice of cheese or milk-free cheese alternative and a thinly sliced pear.
To make this recipe wheat and gluten free, try this amazing homemade gluten-free sandwich bread.
Pack with cherry tomatoes, snap pea crisps, melon pieces, and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Sunflower butter and jelly sandwich: There are many peanut-free spreads. Many are made from soybeans, sunflower seeds, or tree nuts. If you can’t find one free of your child's allergens, you can make your own using seeds such as pepitas.
Pack with carrot sticks, kale chips, applesauce, and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
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. You can also make this quick and easy sesame-free hummus.
Pack with strawberries, Harvest Oat Cookies, and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Cream cheese and apple butter sandwich: Spread cream cheese on bread or a bagel. You can also use a milk-free cream cheese alternative. Switch things up by pairing with apple or pumpkin butter instead of the usual jelly or jam.
Pack with celery sticks, fruit leather, and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Avocado and tomato sandwich: Spread bread with mashed avocado and top with tomato slices and a pinch of salt and pepper. Swap out the bread for a wheat- and gluten-free version, if necessary.
Pack tortilla chips with roasted red pepper dip, carrots, grapes, and milk or nut-free milk alternative.
Still Need More Allergy-Friendly Lunch Ideas?
Check out our Allergy-Friendly Lunch Hacks to make packing lunches a little easier, as well as these recipes:
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- A Week of Milk-Free Lunch Ideas