If you’ve ever had to deal with food allergies, you know how hard they can be to avoid. That’s why I’m sharing my 5 favorite allergy friendly snacks for kids.
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Eliminating the Allergens in Your Snack Drawer
I could spend all day going over my history with allergies and eliminating the allergens in my kitchen. The truth is, it took years. I’m actually still working on it to this day.
And even though this article is aimed towards allergy friendly snacks for kids, I’d be lying if I said these aren’t staples in my pantry as well (there are no kids in my house).
After 36 months of reading labels to every single product that was dropped into my shopping cart, I finally have a list of my go-to products that make living with food allergies a little less challenging.
The first three allergy friendly snacks I’m sharing today get bonus points for being free of all of the top 8 most common food allergens.
As a quick reminder, those top 8 most common allergens are: wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish.
1. Rice Cakes
Rice cakes seem like a no brainer… probably because they are. This snack has been around longer than I have (26 years and counting).
I remember my mom packing these in my lunch when I was in elementary school with cheese and grapes.
Although they can definitely be on the dry side, when paired with the right ingredients, they make a delicious and affordable substitute for bread, crackers, and just about anything carb-y.
This brand is my favorite because they are organic, non-gmo, and have a nice pepper flavor (they also come in plain if you’re family isn’t big on black pepper.)
Did I mention these rice cakes are square shaped and thinner than your common cake? This somehow makes them more whimsical in the fantasy world that is my mind.
2. Soy Free / Wheat Free Gummies
Even though I try to stay on the “healthy” side with my snacking, sometimes ya just need a treat.
And it just so happens that finding pre-made sweets that don’t have wheat, soy, or dairy in them, is actually quite the challenge.
These gummies are my favorite because they come in a variety of different flavors, shapes, and sizes. They also have organic options and are truly so addicting.
Again, not the healthiest option as far as allergy friendly snacks go, but definitely helpful to have on hand for when that sweet tooth strikes.
3. Plantian Chips
If you’ve ever been to Trader Joe’s (and I’m really hoping you have), you’ve probably seen these roasted plantain chips.
More recently, they came out with a Jerk seasoning version of these that are truly life changing. If your kids are into spicy food, they will love them.
If they have a milder palate, the roasted plain ones are the perfect substitute in lunches or snacks for crackers or chips.
4. Homemade Granolas & Trail Mix
While finding store bought granolas and trail mixes at the grocery store can seem close to impossible, they are surprisingly easy to make at home.
Plus, you can use any and all of your favorite ingredients whether that be dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or chocolate; you can’t go wrong.
Check out my recipe for this brown butter granola and customize it to make it your own!
5. Drumroll Please…. Fruits & Veggies!
Hopefully seeing this item on the list is no surprise to anyone out there.
Fruits are veggies are, in my opinion, the most cost effective and nutritious as allergy friendly snacks can get.
Not to mention, they don’t require an excess of plastic wrapping and only contain one ingredient! No reading of long ingredient lists necessary for a bag of raw snap peas or baby carrots. All you’ll find in a container of cut up strawberries are… strawberries.
So, even though there’s that common misconception that kids hate healthy stuff, be diligent about including real fruits and veggies into their breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks too!
Compliment their raw veggies with this super simple homemade ranch. Or give their crunchy sweet apples a hint of creamy with a bit of sunflower seed butter. Do what it takes to help your kids appreciate real food and grow up with a solid understanding of what it means to eat a healthy diet.
They will thank you for it when they get older.