Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Pseudo Vegetarian

Okay, today I got an email from Big Guy's day care center (where he goes two days a week) with tips on what peanut-free snacks parents can bring in. The center is peanut-free so they are trying to help people out with some ideas because (apparently) some people can't exist without those pesky legumes.

Before I share the list (which by the way, about 50 percent of the things on it my kids can't eat because of all their other allergies ... sigh), I want to share a funny story about what recently happened to him at his day care as a result of his allergies.

At this day care they feed him lunch and a snack. I usually ask Big Guy what he ate for lunch and he was often telling me "I had beans and a tortilla, mommy. But everyone else had chicken." Oooo-kay, I thought. I guessed the chicken was breaded and had egg in it so they didn't give it to him.

After a couple weeks of this, the teacher asked me, "Can he eat chicken? I'm just wondering because the kitchen doesn't give it to him, but I gave him some because I thought he could eat it." I asked her if it was breaded. "Nope, just grilled chicken," she answered.

Well, we figured out that the kitchen misread his card about his food restrictions and thought he was a VEGETARIAN! And so all he got were beans!!!! Jeez! Poor kid already can't eat a lot of the things the other kids eat and now he can't eat meat either AND he is loaded up with the toot food!

So, a big thanks to the teacher who caught it and helped fix the mistaken identity Big Guy had with the day care kitchen.

Anyway, back to the list of peanut-free snacks for those who are lucky enough to only have ONE food allergy ....


General Mills
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Kix, Berry Berry Kix
  • Lucky Charms
  • Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Wheat Chex
  • Trix
  • Kellogg’s

Cereals: Corn Pops, Crispix, Fruit Loops, Post Alpha Bits, Quaker Cap ‘N Crunch

Nutri-Grain: Apple, Blueberry, Raspberry
Nutri-Grain Twist: Banana & Strawberry, Strawberries & Cream

Honey Combs


Mootown Snacks- Cheeze & Pretzels, Cheeze & Crackers, Cheeze & Sticks

Go-Gurt, Drinkables

Other Cheeses -- Sliced, cubed, shredded, string cheese, cream cheese, spreads, dips

  • Austin
  • Zoo Animal Crackers
  • Betty Crocker
  • Cinnamon Graham Cookies
  • Dunk Aroos
  • Sprinkled Vanilla Frosting

Frito Lay
  • Cheetos- Crunch, Zigzag, Puffs
  • Rold Gold Pretzels
  • Sun Chips- Original, Sour Cream, Cheddar, Classic, Flavored

General Mills
  • Bugles- Original
  • Keebler
  • Bite Size Snackin Grahams- Cinnamon, Chocolate
  • Elf Grahams- Honey, Cinnamon
  • Fudge Stripes Shortbread Cookies
  • Golden Vanilla Wafers
  • Grasshopper Mint Cookies
  • New Rainbow Vanilla Wafers
  • Munch’ems- Sour Cream & Onion, Original, Ranch, Cheddar
  • Snack Stix
  • Sugar Wafers
  • Toasteds- Wheat, Buttercrisp
  • Town House Classic Crackers
  • Wheatables- Original, Honey Wheat, Seven Grain

  • Handi-Snacks- Cheez ‘N Crackers, Apple Dippers, Cheez ‘N Pretzels
  • Handi-Snacks Teddy Grahams- Honey, Chocolate

  • Air Crisps
  • Potato- Sour Cream & Onion, Ranch, Barbeque, Cheddar
  • Pretzel- Original
  • Ritz- Original
  • Wheat Thins- Original, Ranch
  • Barnum Animal Crackers
  • Cheddar Sportz
  • Cheese Nips
  • Dizzy Grizzlies- Vanilla Frosted, Chocolate Frosted
  • Graham Crackers- Honey Maid, Cinnamon, Chocolate
  • Newtons- Fig, Cobblers, Raspberry, Apple
  • Ritz Crackers- Original
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Teddy Cheddy
  • Teddy Grahams- Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Honey
  • Triscuits, Triscuit Thin Crisps
  • Wheat Thins
  • Old Dutch
  • Baked Cheez Curls

  • Crunchy Curls
  • Pretzels
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Butter Thins
  • Goldfish- any flavor
  • Goldfish Graham Snacks- Honey, Cinnamon, Golden
  • Pringles - Any Flavor
  • Sunshine
  • Big Cheez-It
  • Cheez It- Regular, Reduced Fat
  • Hi Ho Crackers- Regular, Reduced Fat


  • Fresh-Apples, Bananas, Oranges
  • Packaged Fruit- Apple Sauce, Apple Sauce Mix, Diced Pears, Peaches, Raisins, Mandarin Oranges
  • Fruit Snacks- Fruit Roll Ups, Fruit by the Foot, Fun Fruit

Jell-O and Pudding Snacks:

  • Barrel O’Fun
  • Corn Pops (No Kernels)
  • Frito Lay
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Chester’s Popcorn Butter
  • Old Dutch Popcorn
  • Carmel PuffCorns, Cheddar, White, White Cheddar

Fresh Carrot Sticks, Celery Sticks

Special Treats:

Cub Foods Bakery, Kowalski’s Bakery, Sam’s Club Bakery White, Chocolate, Marble Cakes

Air Heads
Dum Dum Pops
Gum Drops
Shock Tarts
Hershey Kisses-Milk Chocolate, Extra Creamy
Jolly Ranchers
Junior Mints
Life Savers
Mike & Ikes
Sugar Babies
Milk Duds
Sweet Tarts
Tootsie Pops
Tootsie Rolls
Ring Pops


  • Cub Foods Bakery
  • Donuts/Donut Holes- Glazed, Powdered Sugar, Sugar
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Kowalski’s Bakery
  • Iced Sugar Cookies
  • Donut Holes- Plain, Glazed

IceCream/Frozen Treats:
  • Edy’s
  • Whole Fruit Bars
  • FlaVorice- Freezies
  • Good Humor Popsicles
  • Sherbet Cyclone
  • Icee- Squeeze up tubes
  • Italian Ice

  • Fudge Bars- Regular and Junior Size
  • Ice Cream Bars
  • Ice Cream Cups
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches- Regular, Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Twin Pops- Any Flavor
  • What’s Up Orange Sherbet Treats
  • Klondike
  • Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches
Minute Maid
  • Soft Frozen Lemonade
  • Polar Express
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches


Anonymous said...

I finally got a chance to check out your blog. It is great. I am going to share it with my allergist and suggest that he share it with his patients ...
Miss you,
Amy Day
PS - Great writing ... Joann must be very proud of you ;-)

Alma D. said...

Hopefully by the time I have kids (2012 timeframe- ha!) there won't be allergens anymore, but if not I will keep this list for reference.

Anne D said...

Thank you, Amy and Alma.

Amy -- definitely tell your allergist. I still need to tell mine.

Alma -- By 2012, EVERYONE will have food allergies and it will be the hip , cool thing!