Today’s guest post is brought to you by Martina from Shell and Olive, a US based mother of three. Enjoy!
Feeding a toddler is never easy – trying to figure out peanut free lunches when you’ve never had to think about peanuts before – can be challenging.
Sebastian started pre-k 3 this year and was super excited when he heard he got to have his very own back pack and lunch box! However I was faced with a dilemma when I heard I couldn’t make his go to peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches for lunch.
A child in his class has a severe nut allergy, so the entire classroom is nut free. As it should be. However, I suddenly grew an ever deeper appreciation for moms whose kids live with food allergies. I only have to worry about 1 meal, 3 times a week, and yet I felt lost. I can’t imagine having to constantly worry about an ingredient that could severely injure my child – in some cases even be life threatening. So – DUCES nuts!
Enter the Stuck On You Bento Box. It has different compartments that list the different food groups. Simple concept but genius for a mom like me that can lack the creative juices first thing in the morning.
So I thought – why not put together some nut free lunch options, and help out some other mamas who might be in the same boat?!
Grain: Pita Cracker
Dairy: Babybel Cheese
Veggie: Black Olives
Fruit: Apple – tip, when I cut the apple the night before, I toss it with a bit of lemon juice to keep it from browning.
Grain: Pasta salad *Martina’s night before lazy girl method: Cook and strain pasta. Run under cold water to stop cooking and cool. Toss with your favorite Italian salad dressing. Chill in fridge. I shall call it “ew yucky black and green thing free pasta salad.”
Protein: Turkey Rollups
Grain: SunButter (great alternative to peanut butter) and jam sandwich
Protein + Dairy : Salami and mozzarella rolls
Veggie: Cucumber slices
Fruit: Grapes – quartered
Kids love options, and seeing their lunch displayed like this is a mini feast for the eyes. The bento box is fun, super easy to wash – like dishwasher easy – and doesn’t require you to waste countless ziplock bags. The sandwich bag is insulated so no more soggy or warm sandwiches! As S says, “they’ll be JUUUUST right!”
I’ve already had several other mom’s ask where I got Sebastian’s lunch box – so I figured I’d share while helping make lunch prep a bit easier with some nut free options!
Check out more great posts from Martina over at her blog, Shell and Olive