If you’re a Mom then you’re most likely familiar with children living with food allergies. Whether it’s your child, a family member, or a teacher’s request to keep a safe snacking environment, cross contamination can be dangerous especially when labels can be confusing.
To help make shopping easier for you and safe for your family, BJ’s WholeSale Club has improved allergen labeling on their own Wellsley Farms products and are working with suppliers to ensure their labeling uses best practices, too!
The following is a list of snacks that we love at our house and my kids enjoy packing into their lunch boxes, plus they all can be found at BJ’s Wholesale Club!
- Milk & Cookies: Horizon Lowfat Vanilla Milk with Wellsley Farms Animal Crackers. Best for these allergies: Soy, fish, Shellfish, Peanuts and Tree Nuts
- Cheese & Crackers: Harvest Stone Organic Original Brown Rice, Sesame and Flax Crackers with Babybel Original Cheese Best for these allergies: Wheat, Fish, Peanuts, Eggs, Gluten (sensitivity)
- Crispy & Crunchy: Mott’s Sliced Apples with Pirate’s Booty Veggie Snacks. Best for these allergies: Milk (allergy/ sensitivity), Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts,Tree Nuts, Eggs, Gluten (sensitivity).
- Yogurt & Berries: Stonyfield YoKids Squeezers with fresh Strawberries. Best for these allergies: Wheat, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Eggs, Gluten (sensitivity).
- Nuggets & Dip: Perdue Simply Smart Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets with Heinz Ketchup. Best for these allergies: Milk (allergy/sensitivity), Wheat, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Eggs, Soy, Gluten (sensitivity)
- Rich & Creamy: Chiquita Banana with JELL-O Sugar-Free Chocolate Pudding. Best for these allergies: Wheat, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Gluten (sensitivity).
- Sweet & Salty: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheese Crackers with Dole Fruit in Gel Cup. Best for these allergies: Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Eggs, Soy.
- Piece a Pizza: Freschetta Gluten Free Cheese Pizza. Best for these allergies: Wheat, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Eggs, Gluten (sensitivity).
Quick Back to School Tips:
I love that my girls can pack their own snacks without me having to worry too much …
Before the chaos of school begins, create a healthy snack station. An organized fridge can make a kid select better snack choices right?
Keep snack baskets that are in reach! they make snacking on the go easy!
think outside of the pouch!
For a quick and cool after school snack squeeze 1 pouch of Stonyfield YoKids Squeezers with fresh Strawberries into dime sized dots onto a plastic plate. Store in the freezer for 20 minutes and voila! you have Yogurt Bites!
Let them play with their food! My little one loves using her imagination with Mott’s Sliced Apples and Raisins!
Fast Facts for Parents: Food Allergies vs. Food Sensitivities*
Food allergies are immune reactions to certain proteins. Symptoms can include rashes, hives, swelling, stuffy noses, trouble swallowing and — in rare cases — anaphylactic shock. Food allergies can be dangerous or even fatal. 5% of American children have food allergies.
The most common causes of childhood food allergies are wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish. 90% of children with allergies react to one or more of these. Food sensitivities are gastrointestinal reactions to certain foods. These are more common than allergies.
Symptoms include bloating, nausea, cramping and diarrhea, aren’t life-threatening and stop quickly once the trigger food is eliminated. Both food allergies and food sensitivities can only be diagnosed by a medical specialist. Allergists use complex tests to find triggers. There are thousands of potential triggers and many allergic or sensitive children can have more than one.
Eliminating foods from your child’s diet can cause dangerous nutrient deficiencies that affect development. Allergists often work with dieticians or nutritionists to help develop a special diet tailored to your child’s individual needs.
Does your child suffer from food allergies? what are your favorite tips for snacking at school?
*Disclosure: I am a BJ’s Wholesale Club Ambassador. This sponsored post was made possible with BJ’s Wholesale Club.