Snacks, Uncategorized

Worry-free School Snack Duty

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

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Recently Discovered

Whipped Cream

I recently discovered dairy-free whipped cream! Rice whipped cream (for those gluten-free or soy-free folks) or soy whipped cream. Whether it is for your hot chocolate or to top off your desserts, it is vegan and halal so indulge yourself! 

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Snacks, Sweets

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I love oatmeal raisin cookies, especially with a sandwich, or with a glass of cold milk, or with a cup of hot chocolate, or as an anytime of the day snack. I am particularly a fan of the chewy, soft oatmeal raisin cookie without nuts. I have mostly gobbled down oatmeal cookies that have eggs and/or dairy butter as an ingredient.  I have tasted a few vegan oatmeal raisin cookies, but those usually contained nuts or weren’t as tasty nor chewy.  I found the best vegan oatmeal raisin cookie and it is located at Trader Joe’s.  Bravo to Trader Joe’s for accurately naming this cookie Chewy, chunky oatmeal raisin cookie. It is a perfect title. Notice how they put vegan inconspicuously on the label, too? It is probably because vegan foods typically have the reputation of not being as delicious as its non-vegan counterpart. 

The additional good news is that the bag contains a very generous amount of cookies for a very low price. Check out the pictures. And yes, the bag is empty less than 24hours after purchase. I really love oatmeal raisin cookies…

  

 

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Snacks

Cheesy snack

Call it however you would like (Cheesy crackers, Cheez-its, Goldfish crackers, Cheese squares, etc), but everyone can appreciate and crave a cheddar cheese snack or binge.  These Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares have succeeded in creating a delicious cheesy snack.  I initially purchased this for my children when I saw this at our favorite expensive natural food store.  Since I don’t have a dairy allergy, I decided that I should have the honor of taste testing and comparing it to the dairy cheese snacks before I offer it to my children. Unabashedly, I ate the whole box.  In my defense the box isn’t that big (based on my foodie standards) and they taste great, without the junk food guilt! Luckily, I had another box and the children loved them, too.

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