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Aug 16, 2009 12:02 PM

Nut free protein

HI everyone I am hoping that someone can give me some advice ... I have a 6 yr olf daughter with a severe nut allergy & her doctor wants me to increase her protein intake & I am lost as to what to pack her for lunches. besides lunchmeat & cheese... any suggestions ... no microwave is availiable to warm anything up.


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  1. hummus or any bean dip with a whole grain.
    Or any bean with a whole grain can create a balanced protein serving.

    No nuts golden pea butter is not high in protein, but it is a nut free peanut butter type food. My friends with peanut allergies really enjoy it.

    1. Since I doubt a fridge is handy, does the school provide things like milk and yogurt for purchase? Dairy in general is high in protein.

      Does she like eggs? I think a hardboiled egg would hold up in a lunch bag.

      1. I have been sending lunch for my daughter in pre-school for the past 2 years and I just started sending lunch for my son while he has been at the pre-school summer camp.

        Some things that I send for my daughter (a fantastic eater)...

        -- hummus sandwich or lately she just likes hummus and I send a bunch of crackers (she particularly like TJ's roasted red pepper hummus)
        -- egg salad sandwich
        -- cream cheese and jelly sandwich
        -- veggie burger on whole wheat roll
        -- small bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon
        -- mac & cheese, ravioli, various pastas, often with turkey meatballs or chicken sausage mixed in

        I also send salami or turkey sandwiches, but you have ideas for that.

        My son, who will be 3 in September, is a little pickier and he is kind of lukewarm to sandwiches. I've noticed that he will eat a sandwich when it is on a hamburger bun, but he won't eat it on regular whole wheat bread (he loves hamburgers and I guess he likes the bun too). He much prefers a "hot lunch". I send him a lot of leftover pasta with meatballs cut up small or chicken sausage, macaroni & cheese, or leftover chinese food (chicken and broccoli with rice -- that may not help you due to the potential peanut oil). Recently he took noodles mixed with brisket that was leftover. I heat up his food at 8:30 and by lunchtime it is warmish in the thermos.

        When I don't have much else in the house, I sometimes will cook chicken fingers the night before and put them in their lunch bags when they are cold. By lunch time, they are room temperature and kids (at least mine) are perfectly fine with it that way.

        I would strongly suggest getting a thermos...not the traditional kind that is upright, but one that is more of a bowl. I find that both of my kids did not do well with the upright kind (now my daughter is ok with it, but she is almost 5).

        Here is an example of one similar to what we have but ours has the Spaghettios logo on it (it was a hand-me-down from my sister). If you can find this type, it is great.

        Or there is this kind, which also looks shallow and easy to eat from.

        By lunch time, the food is warm, not hot, but kids don't like it hot anyway.

        Hope this helps.

        1. Have you tried Soynut butter? My husband is allergic to nuts and this is what we buy:

          It's the product which tastes closest to nut butter out of all the ones I have tried.

          1. i think most of my suggestions have been mentioned already, but i'll say 'em again for effect ;)
            - egg salad
            - alternative butters made from seeds (sunflower, pumpkin or hemp), peas or soynuts
            - bean dips or spreads - hummus, black bean, pinto beans, white beans, edamame
            - Greek yogurt
            - tuna or salmon salad
            - string cheese