Please note: We are a peanut free school and this year our main building is tree nut free as well.
The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca dedicates itself to educating our children, staff and families in making healthy, sound nutritional food choices during the school day. We encourage using whole grain products, and making low sugar and low fat choices for lunches, snacks and treats to share.
Full Day Primary, Extended Day, Junior Level, Upper Level, and Middle School children must bring a lunch, including beverage, in a lunch container. Please include any necessary utensils. In order to promote re-cycling, children will be required to carry back home all their remains from lunch in their lunch boxes. We encourage parents to pack food in recyclable containers.
Please try to include a high quality protein and a fresh fruit and veggie in each lunch. If you are looking for prepared lunches and snacks please scan the ingredients to be sure you don’t find sugar or fructose and enriched bleached white flour as the first few ingredients. It is quite a surprise when you begin reading ingredient labels! Candy, gum and soft drinks are not permitted.
What we consume really does impact the quality of the energy we bring to our work and it affects our emotional state as well.
We appreciate your attention to this important matter.
Snack / Lunch Suggestions
|Bread and jam and fruit||Whole grain cereal|
|Low sugar muffin (nut free)||Whole wheat bagel and orange slices|
|Oatmeal and a plum||Cornbread or muffin|
|Rice cake and a peach||Tortilla and refried beans|
|Bread and cherry tomatoes||Trail mix (nut free)|
|Waffle square and strawberries||Ryvita and cream cheese|
|Graham crackers and a pear||Cucumber, carrot and cottage cheese|
|Whole wheat raisin toast||Rice cakes and cream cheese|
|Whole wheat pita bread and sun nut butter||Cut up vegetables w/ ranch dressing|
|Hummus and pita or crackers||Cheese sticks and celery|
|Mini-pancakes and applesauce||Cottage cheese w/crushed pineapple|
|Nori (Seaweed) snack strips||Tofu cubes and dipping sauce|
|Fresh mozzarella balls/olive oil/basil||Hard-boiled eggs and veggies|
|Whole wheat bread sticks and cheese sticks||Yogurt and fruit or granola (nut free)|
|Crackers and vegetable sticks||Granola and a baked apple|
|Fresh or frozen berries and yogurt|
If you are looking to replace tree-nuts as a protein source think seeds and beans!
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are excellent protein sources that do not trigger the tree-nut allergy. Of course nut butters for sandwiches are essential both sun-nut butter and soy-nut butter (made in tree-nut free facilities) can be found. And toasted sunflower seeds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) make a great substitute for mixed nuts. Some other delicious foods that add crunch, like tree-nuts without triggering the allergy include: water chestnuts, crushed tortilla chips, crushed corn flakes, rice krispies, vegetable chips or croutons. Toasted and seasoned garbonzo beans also make an excellent crunchy, protein rich snack.
Many resources for working around this allergy exist on the internet. Several links are included below to get you started.