BELLA Family: Back to School Picks for Allergy Families

Any parent of a child with food allergies understands the daily stress of menu planning and reading labels on anything store bought. Another concern is the constant need to repeat that your child has allergies when someone offers a snack at a socially distant gathering or class.

My daughter is only a year and a half old. She will most likely attend daycare or an early childhood program when she turns two. The neurotic part of me thinks of these scenarios and wonders how she’s going to advocate for herself when she can’t eat something. I know these thoughts are over the top but it’s just part of the parenting package — you will do anything to protect the health and safety of your child.

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Fortunately, through speaking with doctors and other parents whose children have similar food allergies as my daughter, I’m always discovering new products with clean production facilities. Of course, we advise ensuring each food product is safe for your child’s specific food allergy and consulting your child’s doctors before trying any new food.

Additionally, there are brands sensitive to our allergy kiddos that create stick-on labels and alerts for clear messaging to school or daycare staff.  With the return to school or daycare happening all over the country, you can feel secure using BELLA Family’s picks for Allergy Families…

InchBug Allergy Alerts

Breathe a little easier knowing your child’s food containers and belongings are marked with food allergy reminders for teachers or caregivers. InchBug offers allergy alerts that are durable peel-and-stick, can be personalized with a name in an eye-catching black font, alongside a colorful general allergy alert. Peel-and-stick labels include peanuts, soy, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, seafood, and eggs. For the ultimate convenience, they are all dishwasher, microwave, and sterilizer safe.

Safe + Fair Food Company

Fulfill your child’s sweet and savory cravings with Safe + Fair Food Company’s assortment of  snacks made with only clean, allergy-friendly, whole grain, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, plant-based, and non-GMO ingredients, and free from trans fat, cholesterol, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.

Safe + Fair takes 16 proprietary measures to ensure their products are safe, free of the top allergens, and of the highest quality. Safe + Fair donates 3% of proceeds to the SeanN. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, and is also partnered with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

Try their varieties of granola which can serve as an easy breakfast or anytime treat with exciting flavors like Full Stack Granola, Honeycrisp Apple Pie Granola, Pumpkin Pie Granola, and  Blueberry Cinnamon Granola.

A personal favorite is their popcorn selection with natural flavors, natural color sprinkles, herbs, kettle-popped popcorn, and sunflower oil, in delicious, interesting flavors like Birthday Cake Drizzled Popcorn, Strawberry Shortcake Drizzled Popcorn, and Sea Salt Seasoned Popcorn.

Dick & Jane Educational Snacks

These cookies hold a special place in my heart! Dick & Jane Educational Snacks are the brainchild ofJane, a first-grade teacher, and her husband, Dick, who is allergic to tree nuts. Their snacks are delicious, all-natural, and loaded with learning.  These tasty treats are made with non-GMO ingredients and are 100% nut-free.

Choose from six snack varieties including States & Capitals, Presidents, English & Spanish, Food & Nutrition, Fun & Fitness, and Farmers Market. Kids never stop learning so treat them to a snack that is an enjoyable way to keep their minds engaged and that encourages healthy eating year-round.

As a teacher, I was interested in how the product came to fruition. “Personally, I am allergic to tree nuts so that’s one of the reasons why nut free is a priority for us,” said Dick. “Dick & Jane Educational Snacks have been served in schools for more than 10 years now and that never would have happened if we were not nut free.”

Jane added, “I feel comfortable serving our Educational Snacks in my classroom because I know they are baked and packed in a nut free facility.” Jane will be starting her 22nd year teaching in the Troy School District in Michigan. Let’s wish her lots of luck as she starts a new year teaching our children!

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