T-ball is starting back up again for Blake, and he's pretty excited.  

Since his severe allergic reaction last fall, I will be taking more precautions with food and snacks for him at his games.  I will be asking that nobody open any snacks for him again, and I'll be bringing him his own snacks.

I'm often asked what some safe snacks are for kids with food allergies, so I was thinking I would share a list of Blake's favorite snacks for other parents looking for safe treats.

Before I go any further, I need you to note that this list could change.  Always check the labels when you purchase snacks, as facilities and equipment could change.  

Safe Snacks for Kids with Nut Allergies
Snikiddy Mac N Cheese Puffs or Grilled Cheese Puffs
Pirate's Booty
Surf Sweets Gummies
Sun Chips
Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
String Cheese
Austin Brand Zoo Animal Crackers (No other animal crackers are safe that I know of)
Philly Swirl Brand Ice Cups and Popsicles
Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade

Some manufacturers clearly state if a product has peanut or nuts in it while others, it is almost hidden. PLEASE READ THE LABELS, each time you purchase.
Do NOT purchase items with the allergy and ingredient alert such as:
“May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts”
“Processed on shared equipment with Peanuts or Tree Nuts”
“Manufactured in a plant with Peanut or Tree Nuts”
“Contains Peanut or Tree Nut Ingredients”

Also please note that even if a snack says "Peanut Free" that doesn't mean it's ALL nut free.  Some foods may contain tree nuts that don't contain peanuts and vice-versa.

Here are some examples of labels:

This one lists the ingredients, shows what allergens it contains, and also lists what allergens are processed in the same facility.  Some companies don't share the information on what is processed in the same facility, and I'm wary of those companies.

This is on a jar of pasta sauce.  You wouldn't normally expect someone that's allergic to peanuts to have to avoid tomato sauce, but here you can see why.  My son can't have this pasta sauce.

Notice that this soup is made in a facility that is free of peanuts, but my son is also allergic to tree nuts, so he can't have this soup since it's in a shared facility with them.  This is why it's still important to read all the ingredients even if it says "Peanut Free" on the front when purchasing for a child with nut allergies.  Many kids allergic to peanuts also avoid tree nuts.  

These are just a few examples.  If a company doesn't list what is processed in a shared facility, don't hesitate to call the number listed on the label.  I've been known to stand in the aisle at the grocery store looking up information about companies online, and calling 1-800 numbers.  

Good luck, and I hope this helps those of you looking to buy snacks for food-allergy teammates and classmates! 
The Baseball Wife

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