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|Date:||Monday, September 20, 2004 5:53:14 PM|
|Subject:||Peanut Butter Warning and Snack Ideas|
|Message:||Be careful with sending snacks including peanut butter to school with your child. In California, they are actually starting to "ban" peanut butter at some local schools because kids with severe peanut allergies can actually have an allergic reaction from the smell alone. Some schools have sent home notes about not sending peanut butter to school with their children, while other schools make kids with peanut butter sandwiches or snacks sit at separate tables or in separate rooms than the rest of the students. Is this happening anywhere else, or is California just being "weird" like they are on everything else? *laugh* Preschools in the area are creating "Nut-Free Zones" as well.
Here are a few snack ideas:
Frozen Grapes (not for children who might choke/try to swallow whole)
Wheat pretzels (or sesame sticks) with cheese to dip into
Graham cracker squares with a drop of honey and a banana on top
Whole wheat bagel half with jelly, jam, or cream cheese
Raisins in mini boxes
Make your own healthy fruit snacks by drying bite sized slices of your child's favorite fruits
Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into animals, toys, boats, cars, trains, even ballerinas and bears. Kids are more likely to eat something if it looks like fun.
Mozarella string cheese
Oranges cut into wedges
Cucumbers cut into slices (call them coins, kids will eat them *lol*
Baby carrots, or carrot sticks
Cheese carpets - roll a cheese slice up in a piece of whole wheat bread or a tortilla
Hidden Valley makes new snack packs made for school lunches, you usually get a type vegetable (carrots, celery, etc) and some ranch dressing, and it's packaged like the old Handisnacks cheese and crackers
Take a piece of pita bread (a pita pocket) cut it in half, and spread applesauce in the center
Make your own "Lunchables" that are healthier by using low salt/low sodium ritz crackers, and your child's favorite lunch meat (ham, salami, turkey, etc), and some cheese. Use a small round cookie cutter to make these quick and easy by stacking two-three pieces of cheese at a time, and pushing the cookie cutter into it. Do the same with the meat, put the items in a small baggy or container so the kids can make their own sandwiches
Hope this helps!
Love in Christ,
Sarah in California
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