Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas

These days so many schools have nut-free tables or classrooms, or are even entirely nut-free! I know when I was first required to pack nut-free lunches for my daughters, I was pretty worried about this uncharted territory. I really had to focus on every.little.thing I was packing to make sure there was no cross contamination or broken rules.

I eventually got used to it of course, but for all those who are still figuring out how to pack an allergy-friendly school lunch this year or are even looking for ideas for a kid of your own that has a nut allergy, then this is for you!

Also be sure to check out our list of Favorite School Lunch Supplies and School Lunch FAQs!

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      • Homemade egg salad
      • Brown rice crackers
      • Organic cheese stick
      • Baby carrots
      • Pineapple and raspberries

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      • Homemade “Uncrustable” with sunflower seed butter and jam (previously made and frozen and stuck with a pinwheel toothpick)
      • Carrots
      • Organic store bought applesauce (1-ingredient)
      • Diced honeydew melon

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      • Homemade pizza “Lunchable” including whole-wheat pitas (cut with culinary scissors), grated cheese, natural pepperoni pieces by Applegate, and tomato sauce
      • Frozen peas
      • Sliced grapefruit

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      • Macaroni and broccoli cheese casserole with homegrown diced tomatoes on top (leftover, cold)
      • Apple slices
      • Grapes
      • Whole-grain pretzels (Unique brand sprouted grain splits)

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      • Caprese salad (local tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and a little salt),
      • Celery and carrots
      • Homemade onion dip (for the chips and veggies)
      • Organic Kettle potato chips (a special treat)

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      • Whole-grain wafer crackers
      • Cheddar cheese
      • Frozen peas
      • Grapes
      • Organic ham
      • Dark chocolate
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Comments

  1. sarah tesar |

    This should be your next book! Ideas are the hardest part of packing a lunch, at least for me.

  2. Christina |

    Thank you for these ideas, since because we are in a peanut free classroom, the only thing I can get my child to eat is an egg. Not happy that my child doesn’t get to eat because his only food he will eat are eggs and nut butters, granola, nut bars, etc. Frustrating.

  3. Kim |

    YAY!! Inspiration has returned! My daughter, although not a nut allergy kiddo, has friends that she sits with at lunch who do have nut allergies. She is very conscientious of those allergies and wont bring anything with nuts in it for lunch so she can enjoy time with her friends. This has become a whole new world for me since I’m fortunate enough to not have any allergies in my home. Given that she packs lunch each day, coming up with new/creative/not the same ol’ same ol’ lunch ideas has been, well rather taxing. THANK YOU for posting the pics and ideas!! I feel like lunchtime has been saved….for me!!!

  4. Audrey |

    Thank-you for your time and effort. I am a mother with a nut allergy child and it is a 24 hour 7 days a week 365 days a year every meal job. I to find it hard to pack a healthy lunch that she will eat. I have found this site very helpful.

  5. Leslee |

    I first visited your website to find other recipes for healthy school lunch ideas. My daughters’ school is completely nut free and my oldest daughter is now gluten-free to aid her digestion. Your new website is very helpful in searching for options. I hope you will add more recipes that meet these combined restrictions, especially ones that contain enough protein to keep them fueled for the rest of the school day. I also find the pictures helpful as packing the foods in a environmentally friendly manner is always a challenge.

  6. Rachel |

    There is another alternative to nut-butters. It’s called wow-butter. It’s made from non-GMO soybeans and it tastes quite a lot like peanut butter. Any kid I’ve given it to can’t tell the difference. My son is allergic to peanuts and we use wow-butter instead of sunflower butter because we think it tastes a lot better :) Just thought I would let you know!

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