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Allergy-Friendly Alternatives for Popular School Lunches

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Dealing with food allergies? We know it can be stressful to deal with allergies of any kind. And when it comes to snack time, it’s tough enough to pack a school lunch that your kid actually wants to eat, which makes it even more difficult when your child has food allergies. Here are some ideas for allergy-friendly alternatives for popular school lunches.

Even if you don’t have allergies in your family, your kids’ school may limit certain types of food to help protect other kids. If diet do’s and don’ts have you scratching your head for snack ideas, don’t give up hope! There are so many options available that make it easy to work around food restrictions.

Allergy-Friendly Alternatives for Popular School Lunches

Our favorite is the bento box-style lunch. This makes it easy to deconstruct popular lunches into individual components, so you can be sure they’re safe for your child! Try out these options for different food restrictions to find meals any child will enjoy.


Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

From Just Take A Bite: Using healthy cheese substitutes is a great way to give kids that gooey texture they love without the dairy. This recipe uses pureed squash, and it’s a perfect match for classic tomato soup.



From Minimalist Baker: This recipe for sunflower butter lets you make a classic PB&J without the nuts! Top off the bento with carrots, chips, and other crunchy options to pair with the creamy, delicious sandwich!



From Momables: This spaghetti and tomato sauce alternative uses spiralized zucchini for gluten-free perfection. Try pairing the main course with fruit slices and Parmesan cheese.


Cold Cuts

From Our Paleo Life: The classic lunch sandwich gets a paleo upgrade. Ditch the bread and focus on proteins and seasonal vegetables. And don’t forget a sweet treat to top off this tasty meal.



From Following In My Shoes: This deconstructed pizza option is what every kid wants! Almond and coconut flours make it grain-free without sacrificing on texture or taste, and a simple side of fruit makes this a full, satisfying lunch.

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