The famous PB&J is one of the most iconic sandwiches of childhood, but with the rise of peanut allergies among school-aged kids, many school systems have banned peanut butter from making appearances in schools altogether.
That said, finding an allergy-safe alternative to peanut butter is not as hard as you might think.
“Look at it as an opportunity to try a few other things," said nutritionist Keith Ayoob, an associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “This is a great time to introduce your kids to new foods like alternative nut butters and veggie spreads.”
First, be sure to check to see if your kid’s school is totally nut-free, because then spreads like almond butter, cashew butter, and hazelnut butter still won’t be viable substitutes. However, if the ban is strictly on peanuts, other nut butters work marvelously in sandwiches, and you can also try mixing it up with sliced apples, raisins, bananas, and honey for a healthier lunch option.