Allergy-Safe Lunchbox Ideas

Alternative lunch ideas that are safe bets among the burgeoning presence of food allergies in schools

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With so many food allergies running rampant in school these days, it's nice to know there are some safe alternatives for lunchbox ideas.

Forget allergy season sniffles; food allergies are increasingly prevalent among kids, and if you are the parent of one, you know the often dangerous condition is a year-round concern. The number of affected children younger than 18 has increased to 8 percent from 4 percent in 2009, and the most common adverse immune reactions are to milk, fish, eggs, wheat, and soy, with the harmless-seeming peanut topping the list.

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While allergies are an escalating threat to many children, excuse the pun but, there’s no reason to go nuts about it. Just because you can’t get rid of a food allergy doesn’t mean you can’t work around one. With back-to-school lunch planning in full swing, many parents are faced with the brain-racking battle of keeping their kids’ food creative, flavorful, interesting — and allergy-safe. But don’t panic, because we've come up with some fun, alternative options to lunchbox staples, all of which curb specific allergy threats (popular and obscure alike) and keep all of the flavor and nutrition.


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How great that you are focusing on the important issue of food allergies. However, I believe that 90 percent of milk allergic children are also goat allergic, so don't use goat cheese as a substitute until you have an okay from your allergist. (In happy news, chocolate allergies aren't that common, either. The top 8 are fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, soy and wheat.)

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