Raise your hand if you know someone with allergies! Sure, the typical allergies consist of sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes. But, did you know food allergies produce more intense effects?
If you didn’t tune into the recent Living With Food Allergies post, read it. Food allergy awareness is increasing and I believe it can be easy to turn away when you don’t have to deal with it. As humans, we have the opportunity to learn more about food allergies, so we can support others and know how to help them.
Food Allergy Friendly Snacks
With the summer coming up, many of us are on the go. Whether it’s a softball game, a road trip or just being outside, we definitely need snacks. Throwing fruit and veggies into a cooler is a great option, but if we want more than that? Let’s learn more about allergy-friendly snacks to throw in your bag, so everyone can enjoy them.
Sunbutter: Made from – you guessed it – sunflower seeds, this is a nut-free option that is very tasty, and spreadable! Use it to make a nut butter sandwich, add it to a smoothie, or dunk apple slices in it! All of the flavors come in jars or single-serve packets.
Made Good: Made Good products are free from all of the nine major allergens.** Their granola bars, crackers, crispy squares, and more are made from wholesome ingredients and include vegetable extracts!
Blake’s Seed Bars: Blake’s Seed-Based Bars are exactly what they sound like. Ingredients like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds can add beneficial pieces such as fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, and magnesium.
Enjoy Life: Enjoy Life has been around for a while. In fact, I think it probably was one of the first companies I remember when it comes to allergy-friendly foods. They are free from 14 allergens (and are gluten-free), which can reach even more people. Their products really are delicious and convenient. The Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Sea Salt Lentil Chips are my favorite.
That’s It Bars: We love these! If you are looking for an easy snack that adds variety and simple ingredients, check out these bars. Our toddler loves their mini bars – we like to pair them with a protein such as string cheese or cashews.
Safe + Fair: I’ve watched this brand grow the past couple of years. They started off with granola, and then slowly expanded to other items like chips, popcorn and now even kids protein powder. Safe + Fair is completely plant-based and free of the top nine allergens.
Free 2B: I am a total chocolate and peanut butter gal, so I am a huge fan of Free 2B’s Dark Chocolate SunButter Cups. Free 2B is free of all nine major allergens, plus mustard, corn, and sulfites. They are a great option when you are craving a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!
Partake Foods: Partake cookies and cereal mixes were created by the founder and CEO when her daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. The company is heavily involved in providing allergy-friendly foods to those who are food insecure, and work to raise awareness of Black and female entrepreneurs. Pair all of that with ingredients that make your body feel good, and we’ve got a winner!
Bare Snacks: These are definitely addicting! I love the Cinnamon Apple Chips – literally made of just apples and cinnamon. Bare Snacks have other dried fruit chips such as banana, and coconut – all allergy-friendly options that add a little extra crunch to your day.
Chomps: An easy way to up your protein game is by trying Chomps! They have beef, venison, turkey, and chomplings – perfect sizes for littles. All of their products are allergy friendly, and are an easy snack that you can throw in your bag for multiple occasions (ballpark snack, anyone?)
Tell us what you think! What is your favorite allergy-friendly snack?
**Nine major allergens: Milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, and sesame.