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Looking for peanut-free lunches and snacks to pack for school? Take a look at our ideas below. If your child has a peanut allergy, follow our tips to help teach your child about his allergy, how to keep the school allergy-safe, and how to avoid cross-contamination.
Aim to have a food from at least three of the four food groups in Canada’s Food Guide. Ask your child to pick his or her top five favourite lunch menus, and then rotate them through the week. Be sure to read the labels on all pre-packaged foods you purchase each time.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Check out Packing Healthy School Lunches and Snacks FAQ for a chart that mixes and matches healthy food ideas.
It is recommended that you use the 3 check rule when purchasing pre-packaged foods:
These foods generally do not contain peanuts or peanut products. Always read food labels to be sure.
Avoid packing or using these foods because they contain or may contain peanuts. This is not a complete list! Always read labels every time you go shopping since recipes and product information may change. Stricter Canadian guidelines require that peanut-containing products are clearly labelled. The ingredient list will say “contains: peanut” if it contains this ingredient.
Find a list of foods that commonly contain peanuts here.
Sabrina’s Law — An Act to Protect Anaphylactic Pupils, came into force January 1, 2006.
Sabrina’s Law requires every school board to establish and maintain an anaphylaxis policy and every school principal to develop individual plans for pupils with an anaphylactic allergy.
For more information about Sabrina’s Law, visit the updated e-learning module. It includes avoidance strategies, emergency procedures and online videos on how to administer medication through the use of the epinephrine auto-injectors.
Explain some of the symptoms and what she may feel when she is experiencing a reaction to peanuts. See our article Peanut Allergies FAQs for a list of symptoms as well as how children might describe these symptoms.
Cross-contamination happens when a food comes in contact with peanuts or peanut products. For example, if you cut your peanut butter sandwich on a cutting board, and then use the same cutting board to cut an apple for your child’s lunch. It is possible that the apple and cutting board will contain traces of peanut protein.
At home, carefully wash utensils that have touched peanut products before using them again with other foods. Use a different dish cloth to wash utensils that have touched peanuts and peanut products.
Peanut Allergies FAQs
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