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25 July 2012

Snack Time for John

The following came about thanks to a phone call from John’s teacher on Tuesday about whether or not he could have what the rest of the class was having for snack. In spite of the fact that she had woken me up for the second day in a row a part of me is glad that she called because it meant that they are paying attention to him being gluten-free.  I agreed to make her a list of “normal” snacks that he would be able to have and would enjoy.

PLEASE NOTE: John is gluten-free for his ADHD & Autism, not because he has celiac or a severe intolerance. What is safe for him may not be for someone with a true allergy. Also remember that companies tend to change their recipes often. It’s always best to read the ingredients just to be sure.
NOT SAFE: Anything with wheat, rye or barley listed in the ingredients.  Most cookies, crackers (including Goldfish) and pretzels are not safe.

Generic versions of the below may or may not be safe.
It’s always best to check the ingredients.

  • Popcorn — air popped, microwave, almost all prepopped bags including SmartFood, Pirate’s Booty, Chester’s Puffcorn are okay
  • Doritos Chips – all okay except for Nacho Cheese
  • Lays Potato Chips (bagged) — all okay except for Barbecue and Flamin’ Hot
  • Lays Stax Potato Chips – all okay
  • Tostitos — all okay except for Artisan line and Multigrain Chips
  • Cheetos – all varieties okay
  • Pirate Brand (Pirate’s Booty, Smart Puffs, Potato Flyers, Tings) – all okay
  • Fritos – all okay except for BBQ and Chili Cheese
  • Funyuns – all okay
  • Ruffles Potato Chips – all okay
  • SmartFood – all okay except for Popped Chips line (and the ones with nuts, but those aren’t allowed in class anyway)
  • Trix Cereal
  • Chex Cereal – all okay except for Wheat and Multi-bran
  • Fruity Pebbles & Cocoa Pebbles – cereal AND treats/bars okay
  • Kix Cereal
  • Fruit Snacks/Fruit Roll-ups – the only major brand not safe is Brach’s
  • Pudding Cups
  • Jello Cups
  • Fruit Cups
  • Fresh fruit/vegetables
  • Yogurt – okay as long as there’s no added topping like granola
  • Cheese
  • Slim Jims are NOT gluten-free but Aldi’s Sims brand beef jerky sticks are okay, as are Jack Links and Oh Boy Oberto except for teriyaki flavors

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