Feeding a toddler is never easy – trying to figure out peanut free lunches when you’ve never had to think about peanuts before – can be challenging.
Sebastian started pre-k 3 this year and was super excited when he heard he got to have his very own back pack and lunch box! However I was faced with a dilemma when I heard I couldn’t make his go to peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches for lunch.
A child in his class has a severe nut allergy, so the entire classroom is nut free. As it should be. However, I suddenly grew an ever deeper appreciation for moms whose kids live with food allergies. I only have to worry about 1 meal, 3 times a week, and yet I felt lost. I can’t imagine having to constantly worry about an ingredient that could severely injure my child – in some cases even be life threatening. So – DUCES nuts!
Enter the Stuck On You Bento Box. It has different compartments that list the different food groups. Simple concept but genius for a mom like me that can lack the creative juices first thing in the morning.
So I thought – why not put together some nut free lunch options, and help out some other mamas who might be in the same boat?!
Grain: Pita Cracker
Dairy: Babybel Cheese
Veggie: Black Olives
Fruit: Apple – tip, when I cut the apple the night before, I toss it with a bit of lemon juice to keep it from browning.
Grain: Pasta salad *Martina’s night before lazy girl method: Cook and strain pasta. Run under cold water to stop cooking and cool. Toss with your favorite Italian salad dressing. Chill in fridge. I shall call it “ew yucky black and green thing free pasta salad.”
Protein: Turkey Rollups
Grain: SunButter (great alternative to peanut butter) and jam sandwich
Protein + Dairy : Salami and mozzarella rolls
Veggie: Cucumber slices
Fruit: Grapes – quartered
Kids love options, and seeing their lunch displayed like this is a mini feast for the eyes. The bento box is fun, super easy to wash – like dishwasher easy – and doesn’t require you to waste countless ziplock bags. The sandwich bag is insulated so no more soggy or warm sandwiches! As S says, “they’ll be JUUUUST right!”
I’ve already had several other mom’s ask where I got Sebastian’s lunch box – so I figured I’d share while helping make lunch prep a bit easier with some nut free options!
If you have any great nut free lunches – comment below and let me know! I need all of the options!
(Disclaimer: Parts of this post are sponsored. All images are my own or that of the company in which I’m representing. All thoughts are my own and my honest review of the products. Thank you to Stuck on You for sponsoring this post!)