luigis_sourapple_italianiceHere is the 2013 updated Brooklyn Allergy Mom’s food allergy back to school snack list which now contains soy! It’s that time of year again, all of us food allergy moms can’t wait for our children to go back to school, but we dread figuring out what to put in their lunch boxes that will be free from their allergens and healthy for them. As always, read ingredients, my allergens are not yours and when in doubt, please speak with your board certified physician.

*edited to add: if you can’t find any of these in your local stores, try ordering them online at Peanut Free Planet – www.peanutfreeplanet.com

There are a lot of new products out there – the first I’d like to highlight is:

1. Newest Cool Product on the Market for Allergic Moms Everywhere!

Super-SqueeziesSuper Squeezies

The by-line should be “for kids who can’t eat cows milk yogurt” and want a super cool squeezy cold pudding snack that is also good for them. This brain boosting power snack pack provides 100% of a child’s daily Omega – 3 DHA in a pudding type product that does contain soy.

Ingredients: Water, Soybeans (Non-GMO), Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed Oil, Algal Oil, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Carrageenan Gum

ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Contains soy

2. Gummy Bears, Bunnies, and Worms – What’s Safe?

Annie’s Naturals Gummy Bunnies

Our child loves Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks – with 100% RDA of Vitamin C and no red dye #40, or other artificial ingredients, what is not to love!

BEST INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC TAPIOCA SYRUP SOLIDS, ORGANIC WHITE GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE, PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), COLORS (ORGANIC TURMERIC, ORGANIC BLACK CARROT, ORGANIC ANNATTO), NATURAL FLAVORS, SODIUM CITRATE, ORGANIC SUNFLOWER OIL, CARNAUBA WAX.

YumEarth Organics

YumEarth organic gummy bears single packs are dairy-free, peanut-free treenut-free and gluten-free. They contain 100% of the RDA of the Vitamin C for kids.

Surf Sweets Gummy Bears and Gummy Worms

Surf Sweets is made a completely free of facility. They do not contain any food dyes or artificial anything. They do not come in small packs, however, they do contain 100% of the FDA of Vitamin C for kids.

3.Nut Butter Replacements

IM Healthy Soy Nut Butter packs. These are small cups of soynut butter that are completely portable. You can send these in your child’s lunchbox with carrots, apples, grapes, strawberries. Order them online at www.peanutfreeplanet.com.

Sunbutter comes in small packages of sunbutter and is made with sunflower seeds.

Wowbutter is a made from soy protein as well.

ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Contains soy

4. Pudding Replacements

ZenSoy Chocolate Pudding

These take a bit of getting used to I’m told by our teenager who recently passed the soy challenge. I like them because there are actual health benefits to eating this type of pudding. Such as Riboflavin, B12 and some protein. You can find this at the Park Slope Food Coop and Back to the Land in Brooklyn or at other find health food stores around you.

ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Contains soy

5. Nut Replacements

Go Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Go Raw Pumpkin Seeds are exceptionally delicious and filling. One could also take these delicious pumpkin seeds and make them into a pumpkin butter if you were so inclined. The facility is shared with sunflower seeds, but is wheat-free, nut-free and gluten-free. We add 2 Tbsp to our creamy white bean “hummous” in place of tahini, or soynut butter. I also add them to salads and eat them with fruit for a mid-afternoon snack.

6. Dairy-Free Yogurt Replacements

Rice Yogurt

Ricera is not my favorite yogurt, but it is dairy-free and gluten-free. It can be found at Back to the Land in Brooklyn and probably at other major health food stores like Whole Foods.

Soy Yogurt

Silk Soy Yogurt is dairy free and found at some major retailers. I find it in the slope at the Park Slope Food Coop. It is also GMO free.

Ingredients: Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Soybeans), Cane Sugar, Strawberries, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Fruit & Vegetable Juice (Color), Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin D2, Live & Active Cultures.

Coconut “Yogurt”

My favorite Coconut yogurt is SO DELICIOUS greek style yogurt vanilla flavor. I also, on occasion, treat myself to the chocolate. So Delicious also makes almond milk and almond yogurts, if this concerns you, please call them before enjoying their product.

Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, BLUEBERRIES, ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, RICE STARCH, PECTIN, TAPIOCA DEXTROSE, NATURAL FLAVOR, ALGIN (KELP EXTRACT), MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, BLUEBERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE, LOCUST BEAN GUM, LIVE CULTURES, CITRIC ACID, GRAPE, CARROT AND BLUEBERRY JUICES FOR COLOR, GUAR GUM, MONK FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM CITRATE, VITAMIN D-2, VITAMIN B12.

SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIALS, PARTIES AND OTHER THINGS THAT KEEP US UP LATE AT NIGHT

luigis1. Luigi’s Italian Ice

Luigi’s Italian Ice satisfies all the allergic mom worries. It’s in a free-from allergen facility, it comes in individual packages with a top so we don’t need to worry about the “scoop” that accidentally found its way into regular ice cream. It is delicious and loved by all!

I took the sour apple and cotton candy flavors to a BBQ this summer and they were an immediate hit – as you can see from the picture at the top of this post. Personally, I fell in love with the cotton candy and so did our teenager.

2. Cakes & Safe Cookies

Enjoy Life Foods (all products are free of the top 8)

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You can find Enjoy Life Foods cookies at Rite Aid on 5th Avenue and 10th Street in Brooklyn, at Back to the Land and at the Park Slope Food Coop.

Divvies (dedicated milk and nut-free facility)

These cookies come in a convenient box and each package of cookies is already wrapped. It makes for a perfect teacher gift for your allergic child so the teacher can keep it on hand for parties, and birthdays. Divvies also makes cupcakes. You can order directly from the web site.

INGREDIENTS: Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [as an emulsifier] Pure Vanilla Extract), Unbleached Wheat Flour (malted barley flour, enriched with; niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Organic Expeller Pressed Palm Fruit Oil, Brown Sugar, Water, Sugar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Pure Vanilla Extract, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Cellulose Gum

Sweet Alexis (dairy free, egg free, peanut free, and nut free bakery)

Someone had a wish that there would be cookies safe for kids with allergies – enter Sweet Alexis Bakery. You can order directly from the web site.

Cybele’s Free to Eat

Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin

Our favorite cookbook author and blogger Cybele Pascal has create Cybele’s Free to Eat Cookies. These cookies are free of the top 8 allergens and vegan. Available at Brooklyn Fare and Kroger in other parts of the country.

 

*disclosures: Luigi’s and Super Squeezies sent me product through the mail. I cannot try the super squeezies myself since I have a soy allergy. Our child tried it, and also a neighbor and they both loved the taste and being able to squeeze the deliciousness was fun. 

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4 Responses to Brooklyn Allergy Mom’s Back To School Snack List

  1. Fabulous list! I have still yet to eat Cybele’s cookies!

    I’m feeling like a food allergy looser…off to order some RIGHT NOW!

  2. nicole says:

    hi. I am looking for nut, sesame, and sunflower oil free snacks for my son to take to preschool. He doesn’t have an allergy, but others in his room do. The teacher gave us a rather small safe food list. Are there any safe fruit snacks, pudding, or yogurt? I think the sunflower allergy is the hard one. Thanks!

    • heidi says:

      If the teacher handed out a safe food list, then I would stick with that since it more than likely came from the parents. The ‘safe’ yogurt I may recommend would be either SILK (soy) or the SO DELICIOUS COCONUT. The ZenSoy chocolate pudding should be safe as well. Check the web sites, provide the teacher with the ingredients list and work with your child’s teacher and the other child’s parent to make sure that the products are OK and have a great school year!

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