What do you do when it is your turn to provide classroom snack at your kid’s school? You might choose to run the other way when the Room Parent tries to sign you up for the snack duty role. You might even sign up, but then ask yourself “how do I feed a bunch of other people kids?!?!”. Throw in the many dietary restrictions that could exist in a classroom of hungry kids and your role may now seem like an impossible feat.
Don’t fret. I have snack duty every five weeks at my youngest daughter’s school. Because she has food allergies and eats only halal food, I like to make my snack duty day fun and inclusive. I don’t have anything against the parents who bring those notorious fish shaped cheese crackers, or gummy snacks, or cheese sticks. Those are super convenient snacks that you can easily find in bulk. I just know that I always have to pack my kid a snack from home everyday so that any allergic reactions at school snack time can be thwarted.
Your snack duty day does not have to be dreadful or stressful. Kids like having a break from school work and having something good to eat. So are you stuck for snack ideas? Here are some quick and yummy ideas for that inevitable snack duty day. Please note that these are nut-free, seafood and fish-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and halal snack ideas. If there is an allergen listed below that exists in your kid’s classroom you can adjust accordingly and or make sure to keep separate from the other food items to avoid cross contamination.
1. Carrots, apples, and pretzels with a nut-free dip
2. Popcorn (plain, olive oil, or salted), pumpkin seeds, and raisins
3. Bagels and dairy-free cream cheese (or dairy-free butter), cucumbers, and blueberries
4. Mini quesadillas with dairy-free cheese, carrots, and grapes
5. Graham crackers, applesauce, and carrots
6. Nut-free butter pinwheels, celery, and bananas
7. Corn chips, guacomole, and beans