Back to School and Nut-Free School Snacks

BTS 2013

It’s hard to believe, but we’re in our third week of school here (already!). The kids were excited to get back into the classroom and embark on a new school year. This fresh start means so much — a more normal school environment filled with learning and joy. It also means a lot more homework than either had in the latter part of last year.

For me, sending the kids back this year was hard. There’s a big degree of emotion that comes with all the firsts after a trauma like the one we experienced. But while I would love to keep the kids home forever, protecting them from all the what-ifs, that’s not healthy. And it’s not good for them. So I walk them to the bus stop with a big smile and send them off to school day after day. The rest will come.

This year, Will has changed schools again — back to the one where he attended kindergarten and first grade. It’s a nut-free school, which means that everything from peanut butter to many granolas to pesto is off-limits. Considering that the majority of his school days have been in nut-free classrooms, I’m pretty well prepared for the challenges of packing nut-free lunches and snacks.

Is your school nut-free? Your classroom? While Will’s school is completely nut-free, Paige’s school has individual classrooms that are nut-free (her classroom isn’t one of them). Before Will started preschool in 2008, I had no idea that some schools had banned peanuts and tree nuts from classrooms — and/or the whole school. And, honestly, coming from a family without allergies, I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about. These allergies were a nonissue when I was in school. But times have changed, and nut allergies really are a big deal. Fortunately, I educated myself through writing to learn about why peanut and tree-nut allergies can be so devastating. After learning about how severe allergies can be, and also getting to know a family whose son has a nut allergy, it completely changed my thinking. These days, I am extremely careful — and don’t even send items manufactured in facilities that handle nuts to school. That’s how important being nut-free is.

Need some help choosing nut-free snacks for your child’s school?

Grab and Go Nut-Free Snacks

Send a Little Love to School

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Check out my Banana Kiss in the Middle Cupcakes (and tips on sending a little love to school) on KitchenAid’s blog, The Kitchenthusist.

Easy Nut-Free School Snack Ideas

Need more ideas? Check out my article No Nuts, No Problem! 8 Easy Nut-Free Snacks to Go on iVillage for some really easy and family-friendly nut-free snack ideas.


  1. says

    We’re lucky that our schools aren’t nut-free, so we have a bit more flexibility, but there are “peanut free tables” in the lunch room, where kids with allergies can eat safely (and bring a friend so they have more company). Glad they are settling into the school routine!

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