What do you suggest as a healthy after-school snack for someone who is allergic to peanuts?
Nuts are a good source of protein, but they're also high in fat and not required for a healthy diet. More than 3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, and cashews, so you're not alone.
You have many healthy, non-nutty after-school snack options. Your best bet is to combine something tasty and healthy with your favorite fresh fruits and veggies. Why not try whole-grain cereal with some bananas, or low-fat string cheese with whole-grain crackers and apple slices? You can even try a variety of veggies, like celery and carrots, with low-fat ranch dressing.
Be creative and come up with some of your own healthy snack ideas, but be sure to save room for dinner!
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: October 2013
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
|Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) for Teens A website for teens who want to take a more active role in managing their food allergies.|
|American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology offers up-to-date information and a find-an-allergist search tool.|
|Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Offering nutrition information, resources, and access to registered dietitians.|
|Your Secrets to Healthy Snacking More than 1,000 teens took our survey on healthy snacking. Here are their thoughts (and advice) on choosing healthy snacks.|
|Food Allergies Doctors are diagnosing more and more people with food allergies. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with food allergies can make a big difference in preventing serious illness.|
|Food Allergies and Travel Taking precautions and carrying meds are just part of normal life for someone who has a food allergy. Here are some tips on how to make travel also feel perfectly routine.|
|My Friend Has a Food Allergy. How Can I Help? Although food allergies are more common than ever, people who have them may feel different or embarrassed. A good friend can really help.|
|Figuring Out Fat and Calories From all you hear, you'd think fat and calories are really bad for you, but we all need a certain amount of them in our diets. Find out the truth about fat and calories.|
|Smart Snacking Healthy snacks are essential for busy teens. Find out how eating small, nutritious meals throughout the day can keep your energy level high and your mind alert.|
|Nut and Peanut Allergy Peanuts are one of the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn't imagine. Learn the facts on living with a nut or peanut allergy.|
|My Girlfriend Has a Peanut Allergy. Do We Have to Worry About Kissing? Find out what the experts have to say.|
|Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis) A person with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction can seem scary, but the good news is it can be treated.|
What to expect when coming to Akron Children's
For healthcare providers and nurses
Residency & Fellowships, Medical Students, Nursing and Allied Health
For prospective employees and career-seekers
Our online community that provides inspirational stories and helpful information.