JHCCB-E-4: Strategies in Prevention and Management of Anaphylaxis in the School Setting

Classification: 
J: Students
Code: 
JHCCB-E-4

APPENDIX A4

SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS

Although no food is universally safe for all food allergic individuals, the following are some interesting suggestions for alternatives to peanut butter sandwiches.

Sandwich Fillings

  • Chicken -sliced, smoked, chicken salad
  • Turkey- sliced, smoked or turkey salad
  • Lean beef or ham - minced or sliced
  • Pork - sliced or chopped, try adding apple sauce or relish
  • Lean luncheon or deli meats
  • Cheese spread or molasses
  • Sliced cheddar with jam or mayonnaise
  • Processed cheese with sliced apple, pickles, or crumbled bacon
  • Cream cheese with chopped marachino cherries or chopped olives
  • Sliced meat loaf

 Tired Of Plain Bread? Try:

  • Whole wheat, oatmeal, rye, or pumpernickel
  • Pita pockets or English muffins
  • Bagels, hot dogs or hamburger buns, soft tortilla shells
  • Hard rolls, sub buns, biscuits, croissants, crackers or rice cakes

Ideas For Wide-mouth “Hot” Thermos

  • Spaghetti, macaroni, other pasta or rice dishes
  • Soups, stews, and casseroles
  • Chicken nuggets, or leftovers

Try These In A Wide-mouth “Cold” Thermos

  • Potato salad or pasta salad with cubes of cheese or meat
  • Chef salad or vegetable salad with a separate dish of dressing
  • Fruit salad with cottage cheese
  • Cubes of meat or cheese to accompany crackers, carrot and celery sticks and a small container of dip

Miscellaneous Other Favorites

  • Pizza
  • Whole grain muffins with yogurt or cheese
  • Cooked wiener, split and stuffed with cheese
  • Whole grain cold cereal - bring in separate covered bowl and add milk

To ensure a lunch is nutritionally balanced, a variety of foods from the four food groups in Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating can be enjoyed. To keep cool, packed lunches can be chilled as much as possible overnight or a small lunch-size ice pack can be packed in the lunch box or insulated lunch bag. Some items can even be packed frozen and will thaw in time to be eaten.

Compiled by Jackie Hamm, Allergy/Asthma Information Association

Nutritional Assistance by Jackie Vloet-Koughan, Dietician, Department of Health & Social Services

DMT Responsibility: AS-HR