\"Safe\" Snack and Lunch List for School

Posted on: Tue, 10/10/2000 - 1:15pm
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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
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, milk

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 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:
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:
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 juice

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.

* 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
* 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

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

Posted on: Thu, 10/12/2000 - 9:31am
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[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited April 08, 2001).]

Posted on: Fri, 10/13/2000 - 4:56am
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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.

Posted on: Fri, 10/13/2000 - 9:06am
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Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Sat, 10/14/2000 - 2:23am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

(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.

Posted on: Sat, 10/14/2000 - 3:20am
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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).]

Posted on: Sat, 10/14/2000 - 3:25am
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[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited April 08, 2001).]

Posted on: Sun, 04/08/2001 - 1:03pm
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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]

Posted on: Sun, 06/24/2001 - 12:34pm
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Simply re-raising. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 08/16/2001 - 11:43am
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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]

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2001 - 2:06pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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


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