Growing up, school lunches were easy. I would ask for the same thing everyday; peanut butter sandwich with a drink, an apple and a treat. Some days the treat would differ or the flavour of the drink, but that was the typical lunch in all my friends lunch bags too.
Now a days, you have to be extremely careful when selecting the items in your school lunch. Food allergies are on the rise and doctors have no clue why. Items such as nuts, soy, milk, egg, wheat and shellfish can have moderate to severe effects on an allergic person’s body. Whereas when I was young, I maybe knew one person with a food allergy, now I know can barely name someone without one. The fact that I now have a serious gluten food leads me to acknowledge its seriousness and the impact it can have on another person’s health.
Searching for products that are free of all these allergens can be difficult. Some products substitute one allergen for another whereas other’s increase fat or sugar content to make up for the missing ingredients. As adults, we are mature enough to adapt our taste buds to these new found flavours, but with kids it isn’t so easy. Snacks need to be easy for little hands to hold, taste great and come in bright packages. Most times I resort to making my own, but recently I came across a brand I’m really excited about!
Freeyumm is a brand of bars and cookies for kids. Each treats is made with all natural products, no refined sugars and include healthy additives such as chia seeds, flaxseed and agave syrup. The best part of it is they are free of the 8 top most common allergens! To ensure that are 100% allergen free, they are even created in a dedicated bakery to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination. They come in bold coloured packages and are the perfect snack for school because they can be shared with everyone, even if they have allergies.
Cookies: Ginger cookie, Double Chocolate Cookie, Banana Maple Cookie
Bars: Honey Apple Oat, Honey Hemp and Seed, Chocolate Chip Oat, Blueberry Oat, Raspberry Chia
Next time you are headed to a play date, sports class or packing your child’s lunch, be sure to include one of FreeYumm’s treats and be sure that everyone is happy! You can purchase FreeYumm at stores all across CANADA!