Recently, Whole30 Certified Coach Mallory Froman shared her strategies for packing nut free school snacks on Instagram Live. The replay is available to our Whole Mamas members in our private Facebook group. Interested in joining? Find out more information here.
After a fun summer break, my four-year-old Gunner recently headed back to preschool. For us that often means rushed mornings (no matter how early we get up), quick breakfasts, asking Gunner more times than I can count to please put his shoes on and then remembering at the last minute that I haven’t packed him a snack.
I try for the most part to feed my family delicious, whole foods. Because of this, I’ve had to get creative with snack time options in order to forgo the sugar laden, processed pre-packaged options! On top of that, like many schools, our school is nut-free. Gunner loves peanut butter, trail mix, granola bars, and baked goods made with almond flour.
Making the switch to comply with the nut-free policy was tricky at first, but with our first year of nut-free snacks behind us, I can say with confidence I’ve mastered a kid-approved snack list. The best part, most of these are grab and go options and are full of healthy fats, proteins, and fruits/veggies.
Not all of these are Whole30-compliant, but they’re good options for your kids or when you’re not on a Whole30. I’ve also included a few ideas on eco-friendly, reusable storage options as well as where to shop for some of these snacks!
Note: Some schools include coconut in the nut category, although they are technically a fruit. Check with your school and exclude coconut if necessary.
- Veggies (cherry tomato, cucumber, baby carrot, snap peas, mini peppers) and dip (homemade ranch or mayo, Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen dressings)
- Plantain chips and guacamole or hummus (if your kids tolerate legumes)
- Chia seed pudding made with full-fat coconut milk (in a can) and collagen peptides
- Top with fruit, coconut chips or flakes seeds (as appropriate for age), a bit of local honey or pure maple syrup
- Yogurt (buy plain, full-fat, and organic and add your own maple syrup or honey to sweeten; for dairy free, try Anita’s coconut milk yogurt) and fruit to dip
- The New Primal Snack Mates or half of a Chomps stick
- Clean hot dog (Applegate or Pederson’s) sliced with mustard or ketchup for dipping
- RW Garcia Organic Sweet Potato Crackers + Organic String Cheese (if you’re okay with dairy)
- Clean lunch meat (Applegate or True Story) rolled up with a pickle (Bubbies are Whole30-compliant) or a piece of fruit
- Clean pepperoni (Applegate) and olives
- Paleo baked goods made with coconut flour
- Freeze-dried fruits/veggies
- Seaweed snacks
- Sunflower seed butter with fruit to dip
- Stasher bags (ziplock-style)
- Lunch Skins (velcro-style)
- Stainless Steel Lunch Bots
Where to buy
- Online (Thrive Market, Amazon)
- Brand’s website store locator
- Easily find out if a product is available locally near you
- Local grocery store
- Applegate products
- Bulk stores
- You can find individual guacamole and hummus cups at Costco as well as seaweed snacks
- Whole Foods
- Pedersons, Applegate, Primal Kitchens, the New Primal, Tessemae’s
- Trader Joe’s
- Lots of pre-packaged options (olives, freeze-dried fruit, Chomps, plantain chips, sunflower butter)
- Home Goods
- Sometimes you can find fun and different options here!
Mallory is a wife, mother of two, CrossFit Coach, and Whole30 advocate. She has a B.S. in Health and Human Performance and a M.A. in Higher Education. As a previous Division 1 athlete Mallory has always been passionate about fitness but it wasn’t until completing The Whole30 that nutrition finally “clicked” for her. To help other families, Mallory created Strong Roots Kitchen where she shares easy recipes that not only taste great but are kid friendly too.
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