Monday, April 7, 2008

Tag: 7 Things

Ria over at Check My Tag 'tagged' me for a 7 Things Meme.

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share seven random and/or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Instead of telling you all about me (trust me, I'm not that interesting), I thought I would break out my top 7 easy and portable snacks for peanut allergic kids. I'm leaving out the obvious veggies with ranch dressing, string cheese, and fruit. And I know, some of these aren't the healthiest, but these are snacks, people, not meals :)

Peanut Free Mama's go to snacks to keep a peanut allergic 3.5 year-old quiet in the back seat of the car:

1. Pocky Sticks
Pocky sticks are long thin biscuits covered in chocolate or other flavorings. Chances are, if you have a Safeway or major grocery store near you with an "international" aisle, you'll be able to find these. Be careful though: each flavor seems to have its own allergy warning. We've been able to find strawberry, grape, and chocolate ones (but not all chocolate ones) that are safe for Bella. WARNING: Highly Addictive!

2. Pirate's Booty
This has been a favorite since Bella was a little baby. It's like a healthier cheeto. Made from corn and rice and covered with white cheesy stuff. Yum.

3. GoldFish
If you don't know what Goldfish are, please leave me your name and address in the comments section so I can come to your house and shake you a little. Kidding of course! These, too, are highly addictive and never seem to get old. And have you seen the starfish shapes? Too cute!

4. Clif Kids Twisted Fruits
Fruit rollups on 11. But unlike fruit rollups, these require no unrolling by me and the resulting sticky paper. Bella's personal favorite is the Tropical Twist. No added sugars. No weird sounding ingredients. Basically fruit and pectin. Yum.

5. Dried Fruit from Crispy Green
The pears are amazing as are the apricots (stay away from the Pineapple though - woof). Their website has a store locator and you can even buy them online at Amazon.

6. Turkey Jerky
Mmmmm. Turkey. Chewy. Yum. We bought our last pack at Trader Joe's and the allergy labeling indicated it was peanut safe.

7. Madeleines from Starbucks
This is our go to snack if we stop in at a Starbucks with Bella. I can't find any information about them on the Starbucks site, but Bella loves them. They are prepackaged in 3's - they keep them at the counter (if you don't see them, ask the barista or manager - they have always had some in the back when I've asked). They don't contain any nuts. No allergy warning, but I trust the labeling as all the other packaged Starbucks items have a warning so I take the absence of a warning as a green light for Bella. oh and now they have chocolate dipped ones. If that doesn't spell trouble, I don't know what does.

An honorable mention also goes to squeezable applesauce (although it missed the cut due to the possibility of spillage on my car's upholstery.

So most of the folks I would tag have already been hit. How about 7 of you (or more) leave 7 items in the comments section for me? It can be your favorite peanut free snacks? Your favorite songs? Your favorite passages from Shakespeare? Surprise me! I love learning more about the folks who visit this site!


ChupieandJ'smama said...

Great list! Glad to see they have something peanut free at Starbucks. I'm sure most people don't realize that. Thanks for sharing.

Here's ours:
1. Glutino Pretzels
2. Shearer's Potato Chips
3. Fruit snacks (General Mills or Betty Crocker)
4. Anything from Enjoy Life
5. Raisins
6. Chocolate Lentils from Chocolate Emporium.
7. Mary's Gone Crackers.

fourgirls said...

1. Fruit snacks
2. Vermont Nut Free chocolate chips
(if anyone hasn't been to this website a MUST...nut free factory)
3. Teddy Grahams
4. Nilla wafers
5. Fig newtons Ella (2) eats 10 a day
6. Jello cups
7. Pretzel Goldfish

Pez said...

I am going to check out those pocky sticks!

Favourite Peanut/Nut-free Snacks in our house:

1) Hershey's Kissables (Nut/Peanut-Free chocolate)
2) Wheat Thins
3) Mary's Gone Crackers
4) Blueberries
5) Popcorn
6) Graham Crackers
7) Glutino Gluten-Free Breadsticks

Jennifer B said...

Our usual snacks include:

1) blueberries/strawberries
2) triscuits (reduced fat)
3) veggie stixs
4) dare cookies (chocolate cookies with chocolate cream in middle)
5) utz pretzels and potato chips (yu have to check the package and their web site because they do make some products with peanut oil and others on a peanut-free dedicated line)
6) horizon yogurt tubes/stonyfield yobaby yogurts
7) cheeze-its

Hippy Goodwife said...

hooray for Pocky! I swear my husband kissed the box when we discovered they were safe to have in our peanut free house.

We also love Sunmaid yougurt covered cranberries, Annies white cheddar bunnies and Trader Joe fruit strip.