We’ve known for about a year about Braelynn’s food allergies (read more about that in Our Food Allergy Journey). When we first found out, it was a little overwhelming.
My first thought was, “Milk and eggs are in everything! What is she going to eat?” But the more I looked into it, the more I realized that it’s really not that hard to find snacks that are allergy friendly.
Everything now has to mention if it contains any of the top 8 allergens and that is so helpful. There are tons of snacks out there that are allergy friendly but I wanted to share some of our favorites.
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1. Veggie Straws
What kid doesn’t love veggie straws? I will say that only the sea salt Veggie Straws are free of all top 8 allergens. The others contain milk ingredients. Veggie Straws are an easy allergy friendly snack to take on the go and aren’t very messy. My daughter loves anything crunchy so these are a great option.
2. Enjoy Life Products
We love Enjoy Life because all of their snacks are top 8 allergen free. They are also gluten free, non-gmo, vegan, and low-fodmap. Braelynn loves their chocolate chips, cookies, breakfast ovals, and chewy bars. They have so many different options that there is sure to be something you or your child will love.
3. Apple Sauce
Apple Sauce is a super simple allergy friendly snack. We opt for apple sauce that doesn’t have any added sugars in it. Also the apple sauce pouches are a life saver for on the go. You could even make your own at home. We’ve made some before in the crockpot and added other fruit like strawberries or peaches. The possibilities are endless and this is one of our favorite allergy free snacks for kids.
There are plenty of gluten free pretzel options out there. We love the ones by Good Health because they are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, and wheat free. Pretzels are an easy on the go snack and aren’t too messy. Braelynn loves to dip hers in regular hummus and I love dipping them in chocolate hummus (BTW if you haven’t tried chocolate hummus yet you really should).
5. Sunbutter or Peanut Butter
I know what you’re thinking, peanuts are a top 8 allergen. I know, but I thought I would include it in case your little one doesn’t have a peanut allergy. If they do have a peanut allergy then Sunbutter is a good option. There are also other alternatives to peanut butter out there. Either way these are both great to eat with crackers or even the pretzels I mentioned above. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and will help keep those little bellies full. Braelynn loves to eat peanut butter plain by the spoonful.
P.S. When you are buying peanut butter make sure you look at the ingredients. All you want to see is peanut butter and salt, you don’t want all those hydrogenated oils and you really don’t want sugar.
6. Simple Mills Crackers
Simple Mills crackers are made with almond flour so if your child has a tree nut allergy these won’t work. They do also have sprouted seed crackers that might work for you. They are free of grains, soy, dairy and corn and are non-gmo. We love these because they have really clean ingredients and they taste great. Braelynn loves to eat them with peanut butter (sunbather for those with peanut allergies) or hummus. They are a great snack to take on the go and aren’t messy. Simple Mills also has things like muffin mix and cookies.
Hummus is great to dip those crackers, pretzels and veggie straws in or even just veggies. Braelynn eats hummus by the spoonful and I’m fine with it because it’s a good source of protein. Most hummus contains soy ingredients so if your child has a soy allergy then just check the ingredients. This snack can easily turn into an easy lunch by adding some fruit and veggies.
8. Annie’s Products
DISCLAIMER: The majority of their products contain soy. You also need to check the ingredients for milk. We love their gluten free bunny cookies and granola bars. They are somewhat messy but they are an easy snack. They have a ton of options for snacks and pastas.
9. Pop Chips
My daughter loves Pop Chips! Most are free of the top 8 allergens and they are gluten free. The only ones you need to watch are the 2 flavors with milk in them but they are obvious. They are an easy snack but I will add that they are kind of messy. The plain chips are also great for dipping in salsa or hummus. They taste great and have great ingredients so that’s a win win!
10. Fresh Fruit
Well this one is a no brainer but it’s one of our favorite snacks around here. Braelynn is obsessed with apples and bananas and it’s an easy, affordable snack.
What are your child’s favorite allergy friendly snacks? Did I forget any of your favorites? Let me know!