Peanut allergy-friendly snacks to bring to school

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You can’t be too careful with school snacks these days! It seems that just about everyone has a food limitation, and peanut allergies are some of the most severe. Here are some ideas for easy, healthy, fresh snacks that your little ones can not only bring to school, but can share with others too. Lunch trades are the best!

Cheese and fruit spears: Who doesn’t like food on a stick? Simply alternate cubes of cheese with grapes, cubed apple, pear, berries, or any other fruit your little ones love. Cherry tomatoes are also a great option!

Steamed broccoli and nut butter sauce: This peanut-free alternative to classic Asian dipping sauce is a winner for kids. Sautee one minced shallot with 2 cloves of garlic. Add 1 cup of peanut-free nut butter, 3 tbs of soy sauce, 1 tbs of rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp of toasted sesame oil, and 2 tsp of sugar. Heat the mix with enough water to thin things out a bit, and store in your fridge. For lunch, just pour a bit of sauce in a container and serve with steamed broccoli!

Berry cheesecake bites: It sounds decadent and laborious, but this treat is super simple and relatively healthy. Mix 2 cups of full fat yogurt with ½ cup of crushed fresh berries. Add a tsp of brown sugar and stir together. Serve with graham crackers and let your kids have at it!

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Cheesy kale chips: Want your kids to get in on some greens? Make them crispy! Wash and dry very well a head of curly kale. Chop into large pieces and pour 3 tbs melted butter, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp granulated garlic, 1 tsp salt, and ¼ cup of dried cheese powder. Mix until coated and roast in the oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the kale is crunchy. As for the cheese powder, you can either order it online, or steal a package from the mac and cheese you want to serve for dinner.

Chocolate covered fruit bombs: This one is a major winner with kids of all ages! Simply melt some milk chocolate in a double boiler and dip in slices of fresh apple, pear, pineapple, or clusters of berries. Once coated, pop into the freezer on some wax paper, and allow to freeze until totally firm. Then toss them into a tupperware and send them along to school with your kids. They will be heroes of the lunch table.