Each student in first grade will be responsible for bringing in two daily snacks from home to munch on in the morning and afternoon. These snacks are essential to rejuvenate the students’ energy and attention span. It is important that students not only bring healthy snacks, but also PEANUT & TREE NUT FREE SNACKS.
With safety in mind, we ask that all of our first graders bring in snacks that do not contain peanuts/tree nuts out of consideration for our friends with severe allergies. Your child is welcome to bring food items containing peanuts/tree nuts in their lunch box to eat in the lunchroom. We only ask that you refrain from sending snacks containing nuts or tree nuts into our classroom.
The following foods are considered “safe” for the classroom. Manufacturers often change ingredients. You must read the food label at the time of purchase and do not bring a food into the class room if the ingredient lists: peanut, peanut flour, peanut oil, peanut butter or any other nut. Tree nuts include: almond, coconut, walnut, Brazil, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pine, and pistachio.
Foods are NOT safe for the classroom if the food label states the following:
1) May contain traces of peanuts or tree nuts.
2) Made on equipment used in manufacturing or processing peanuts or tree
3) Made in a facility that manufactures or processes peanuts or tree nuts.
Safe Snack Ideas: Peanut and Nut Free Snack List
Cracker items: Nabisco Triscuits (all flavors), Wheat thins (all flavors), Wheat Thins Stix, Vegetables crackers, Chicken in a Biskit, Ritz (not Ritz bits or sandwiches), Town House, Club or toasted crackers, Cheeze-Its, Cheeze- Its Party Mix, Cheese Nips, Better Cheddars, Saltines, Wheatables, Air Crisps, Munchems, Keebler Snack Stix, Goldfish, Graham Crackers, Animal Crackers (Barnum, Austin Zoo brands), Keebler Bug Bites, Scooby Doo Graham snacks, Goldfish, Austin brand cheese and cracker packs.
Fruits and Vegetables: Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, berries, peaches, pears, nectarines, plums, melon, etc. Applesauce cups, all flavors, and assorted fruits cups: mandarin oranges, peaches, pears. Raisins, and Craisins. Carrots, celery, tomatoes, cucumber.
Cookies: Teddy Grahams (all flavors) Oreos Sandwich cookie (golden, original, berry burst, chocolate, mint and cookies and cream), Nabisco 100 calorie packs, Keebler Fudge Stripes. Fudge Grahams, Grasshopper, Fudge mint, E.L. Fudge sandwich, Fig Newtons, Vanilla wafers.
Chips/pretzels: Sensible Portions brand veggie, apple, potato straws and vegetable chips, Bugles, Cheetos, Fritos (all flavors), Doritos, Combos, Pringles, Sun Chips (all flavors), Tostitos, Lays Potato chips (all flavors) , Ruffles Potato Chips, Traditional Chex mix (cheese and sour cream), Rold Gold pretzels, Meijer honey wheat pretzels, butter flavored and honey mustard flavored. Pretzel note: Snyder brand, some Meijer brand and Spartan brand contain peanut and nut warnings.
Cakes, Cupcakes, donuts: Hostess brand cupcakes, Twinkies, Ho Ho, Ding Dongs, Mini-muffins (except banana nut)
Cereals: Cheerios ( plain and frosted), Chex (rice, corn, wheat, frosted), Frosted flakes, Corn flakes, Crispix, Kix, Lucky Charms, Frosted Mini Wheats (all flavors), Kashi (Go Lean Crunch, Cinnamon raisin, mostly all varieties), Life (not Vanilla Yogurt Crunch), Fruit Loops, Applejacks, Co Co Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Nutrigrain cereal bars and yogurt bars, special K bars (not honey nut variety).
Miscellaneous: Kellogg’s fruit snacks (most brands of fruit snacks and fruit roll-ups), Beef Jerky, string cheese, Jell-O cups, Jell-O pudding cups, Kraft and Meijer marshmallows, Kellogg’s pop tarts, yogurts in cups or tubes, Pudding cups by Kozy shack.
*Ideas provided by Jennifer Ford, MA, RD, CSO, Registered Dietitian
Please feel free to send your student to school with a water bottle, so that they can easily keep hydrated throughout the day. Thanks for helping us keep our students healthy and safe! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at school.
First Grade Team, Georgetown Elementary School