I hate being hungry, but having a peanut allergy can making snacking on the go difficult. Add in a dairy sensitivity and a minor soy allergy to that and it makes it almost impossible. Luckily, there is helpful information out there to help me avoid dying while snacking. Allergen warnings are listed on everything from cookies to pre-packaged salads. Even with these listed warnings, brands like Whole Foods won’t serve anyone with peanut allergies at their deli. It’s a hungry nightmare out there if you are not prepared. I usually carry an Emily safe snack on me at all times but occasionally I end up somewhere new with nothing to eat. In those rare instances I need to find the nearest grocery store, I look for a snack from one of the following brands.
Brands that state they are complete peanut free:
Enjoy Life is my chocolate chewy bar lifeline. Everytime I crave a soft chocolate snack I pick up a package of these. They have everything from chocolate chips for baking to cake mixes to seed power bars. According to their website all of their foods are free from the top 8 major allergens. I can attest that none of the allergens are missed after taking a bite out of their snacks.
Craving pizza but terrified that the pizza parlor may use hidden peanuts (an actual thing, trust me)? Thats where this pizza comes in. Daiya makes delicious pizza’s that are vegan, gluten free and top 8 allergen safe. I’m a huge fan of the roasted veggie! Daiya also makes allergen friendly cheese, burritos, dressing and mac n cheese. The alfredo mac n cheese with peas is a staple in our pantry. Its creamy, filling and doesn’t leave me with the bloated tummy I get from real cheese.
THIS IS THE BEST TASTING VEGAN CHEESE BRAND IN MY LIFE. According to their website Follow Your Heart does not use peanut, tree nut, dairy, fish, eggs or Gluten. Vegan cheese usually does not melt well…or at all..but somehow Follow Your Heart not only managed to make a cheese that melts but it actually tastes like cheese. I am a huge fan of the pepperjack or gouda but the soy free veganaise also gets an honorable mention in my kitchen.
According to their website Amy’s does not use any peanuts, shellfish or eggs. If you have a tree nut allergy they claim they use good manufacturing practices to prevent cross contamination (I am always leery of those statements but I am not a doctor so don’t listen to me). Amy’s is perfect for a microwave dinner, quick burrito fix or a frozen pizza if you don’t have a dairy sensitivity. I’m a big fan of the broccoli pot pie on a cold day.
And one honorable mention for safe manufacturing practices:
Occasionally I just want a classic pint of Half-Baked Fro-Yo to unwind after a long day. Luckily for me Ben n Jerry’s claims that they have a thorough allergen awareness process and sterilize all equipment after contact with any major allergens. So far I have not had a peanut reactions toeating pre-packaged pints from Ben n Jerry’s but I ALWAYS CHECK THE LABEL just in case there was a formula change on my favorite pint. I also never order from any of their scoop shops since they cannot guarantee that cross contamination does not occur.
There are quite a few allergen friendly online brands (my personal favorite chocolate resource is No Whey!) but the above should help anyone in the face of hunger bordering on hanger. As always, I am not a doctor, but I advise you to PLEASE READ THE LABEL before eating ANYTHING if you have any food allergies. Brands change their recipes over time and the last thing anyone wants to do is use an epipen.
Please let me know your favorite allergen friendly brands in the comments!