One of the biggest questions we get each year during back to school is for nut free lunch ideas. With peanut and nut allergies on the rise in recent years, many schools have issued a ban on nuts and nut butter in lunchbox and classroom snacks.
While some ban only peanut butter, I’ve heard from an increasing number of people that anything resembling peanut has also been banned, including sun or soy butter.
I’ve lived with a nut allergy my whole life. Thankfully, that is not something my boys have to deal with. I understand the frustrations fellow parents have about not being able to send certain items in their kids’ lunchboxes to school, especially those with kids who will only eat a PB&J, but it’s important to note how severe and life-threatening a nut allergy can be.
If your school has gone nut free or you have a child with a nut allergy, we’ve gor you covered with healthy and delicous nut free ideas.
Here are 25 of our favorite nut free lunchbox ideas for back to school!
1. Turkey Veggie Sushi
2. Wonton Taco Cups
3. Black Bean Empanadas
4. 5-Ingredient Broccoli Grape Salad
5. Freezable Pizza Pockets
6. Alphabet Vegetable Soup
7. Southwest Quesadilla & Pepper Boats Bento Box
8. Cheesy Taco Pasta
10. BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
12. Caprese Zoodle Salad
13. Chicken Veggie Wraps
14. Tuna Salad Stuffed Mini Pepper Boats
15. DIY Nachos Lunchbox
16. Easy Lunch Stackers Bento Box
17. Broccoli & Cheese Crustless Quiches
18. Kid-Friendly Lunchbox Empanadas
19. Greek Orzo Pasta Salad
20. Turkey Hummus Pinwheels
21. Kale & Chicken Pot Pies
22. Mac n Cheese Muffins
23. Veggie Caesar Pasta Salad
24. Pizza Bento Box
25. Sandwich Kebobs
26. Deconstructed BLT Bento Box
27. One-Pot Cheeseburger Mac
28. Out of this World Space Bento Box
29. Pizza Bagel Bites
30. Protein Power Lunchbox
31. Rainbow Bento Box
If you’re looking for alternatives to peanut butter, trail mixes, pesto and more, check out my previous post for Nut-Free Alternatives for Kids.
For more information or support for food allergies in children, visit http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/ or http://www.allergykids.com/. Also, check out Kid-e Tags, mom-invented emergency ID tags and safety products that quickly relay vital information to an adult, caregiver or medical personnel in an emergency. Great for kids with food allergies or medical conditions!