With kids going back to school this month it is time to up our allergy awareness. With many primary schools not allowing foods containing peanuts and tree nuts, where others restrict access to legumes such as chickpeas and some seeds like sesame seeds it can feel challenging for those kids and parents without allergies.
Don't worry Healing Ginger is here to help. As an individual with a sever tree nut allergy I understand the severity of these allergies and how scary they can be for the teachers, parents and children who are affected by them. So here are a few school and party safe snacks that are sure to keep your little ones happy and those of us with sever allergies nice and safe.
Ants on a Log (serves 1)
2 celery stalks, chopped into 2 inch boats
2 tbsp sugar free - Sun Butter
12 raisins, no sugar added (if you can find them)
1. Wash and dry out your celery. Chop them into boats.
2. Divide and spread the Sun Butter into each boat, top with 3 raisins per piece. Place in a small container for easy transportation.
Apple Pie - Without the Pie (serves 1)
1 apple, preferably a Granny Smith
2 tsp cinnamon
1. Wash and slice apple removing core. Place chopped apple in a ziplock bag and add in cinnamon.
2. Seal the bag and give the apples a gentle shake. Place in your lunch bag or into the fridge for later.
Fruit Salad (serves 2)
1 navel orange
1/2 cup halved strawberries
1/2 cup halved grapes
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, preferably unsalted
1. Prepare all of your fruit by peeling and dicing into bite size pieces. Place in a large bowl and gently mix together.
2. Divide fruit into small containers, top with pumpkin seeds and place in the fridge until you are ready to pack them into a lunch.
*these fruits are just a suggestion, you can use whatever you have available or chop up your favorit fruits, just know that about 1/2 cup of chopped up fruit is about equal to 1 serving of fruit*
These snacks take just minutes to make and are sure to put some smiles on faces, while steering clear of some of those top allergens. Enjoy and happy beginning of the school year.