Snack Ideas and Green Lunch Wednesday

Ideas for Snacks that are Peanut-Free and Nut-Free

The only way to judge whether a commercially-packaged food is peanut or nut-free is to thoroughly read the label every time.

Foods That Are Obviously Not Safe

Anything that clearly contains nuts or peanuts, peanut or nut butters, peanut or nut oils, peanut flour, ground peanuts or ground nuts. This includes peanut butter crackers, trail mix, Cracker Jack, anything with M&Ms (the plain ones contain peanut, too!), certain cereals, and obvious brand names such as “Reese’s”, “Planters” or “Skippy”.

Foods That Should Raise Red Flags – Check Ingredient Labels!

Granola bars, rice cakes, “sandwich” crackers (even the cheese varieties usually contain peanut butter), baked goods, snack foods (particularly “gourmet” pretzel brands with peanut-butter filled varieties), cookies, crackers, ice creams, and candies.

Foods That Usually Don’t Have To Be Questioned

Cheese products such as cheese sticks/bars/slices, cream cheese or cottage cheese, yogurts (check mix-ins such as granola), Go-gurts and yogurt shakes, soy yogurts and cheeses, fresh or canned fruit and vegetables, apple sauce, fruit cups, pudding cups, jello, hard-boiled egg, sandwich meats, tofu.

Convenience Foods That Are Usually Okay (But Still Check Labels)

Many cereal varieties (Kellogg’s has very clear and easy to read allergy info)
Kellogg’s Nutri-grain Cereal Bars and Nutri-Grain Yogurt Bars (mini and full-size), Nutri-grain Chewy Granola Bars (mini and full-size), Thomas’ toaster cakes, Eggo Waffles, Kellogg’s cereal bars (Fruit Loops, Special K), Rice Krispies treats, Kraft Handi-Snack Cheese and Crackers, Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, Bread sticks, Frozen Super-Pretzels, Graham Crackers and graham cracker sticks, Ritz (certain varieties only), Triscuits, Wheat Thins, Saltines, Oyster Crackers, Matzo, Tostitos, SmartFood, Microwave popcorn, Oreos (certain varieties only), Nilla wafers, Fig Newtons, Cheez-its, Raisins and dried fruits.

Snack Substitutes

For Peanut Butter/Cheese Sandwich Crackers

Substitute Kraft Handi-Snacks Cheese & Crackers or Cheese & Breadsticks, Homemade cheese and crackers (using cheese spread, cream cheese or sliced cheese), Rice cakes topped with fruit spread

For Granola Bars

New Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Chewy Granola Bars (including Minis)
Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars and Kellogg’s Nutri-grain Yogurt Bars
(including Minis)
Kellogg’s Special K or Froot Loops bars

Trail Mix

Create your own mixes of cereals and dried fruit. Example: Life cereal, Cheerios and Frosted Flakes mixed with raisins, chopped dried apples and apricots. Or create a salty mix of pretzel sticks, goldfish and popcorn.

Green Lunch Wednesdays

Zervas Green Lunch Wednesdays START September 7th and continue every Wednesday for the entire school year. How can your kids participate?

< Wear something green
< Consider walking to school
< Pack a waste-free or low-waste snack and lunch
< If you buy lunch, see what you can reuse or recycle

Here are a few ideas for those who pack their snack/lunch:
• Use a lunch box rather than paper or plastic bags
• Use a refillable drink bottle – a made-to-last water bottle instead of disposable bottles. 
• Avoid plastic bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and prepackaged foods.
• Sturdy containers prevent “squishing.” Write your child’s name on all containers before they leave the house.
• Resealable containers make it easy for children to save uneaten food for an after-school snack.
• Use a cloth napkin instead of paper.
• Pack reusable utensils instead of disposables.
• Purchase lunch foods in larger containers instead of single-serving pkgs.

Please help us be kind to the earth!


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