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My peanut butter loving son has just been placed in a peanut-free classroom this year. I dread telling him that his peanut butter and honey sandwich days are over for the year, at least Monday through Friday! Any suggestions for encouraging him to branch out and try some new foods?

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  1. I’m curious as to how peanut-free classrooms come about? Does that mean one student is allergic? A friend of mine told me her child’s school was peanut-free entirely. It’s great for parents of kids with peanut allergies, but inconvenient for other parents… But for your son, can you try another nut butter like almonds or cashew butter? My husband grinds his own. It’s not the easiest way, but you could be sure it contains no peanuts.

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  2. Oh, no! I have a nephew who also LOVES his peanut butter and honey sandwiches! And while he has them for lunch most days of the week, he usually eats what the rest of the family is having for dinner. Maybe you can explain that some children cannot eat or even be around peanuts (how lucky he is that he can) and then make a deal…he will have “dinner time” food for lunch and can have peanut butter-honey sandwiches for dinner. To encourage him to try new foods, put something new in his lunch a few times a week, telling him he has a surprise food to taste and that if he can answer three questions about it after school (what color was it? what did it smell like? what did it taste like?), he gets a treat. Several shows on the food network, like Hell’s Kitchen and Food Network Star have contestants do things like taste food blindfolded and then identify them (which is much harder than it seems–even common food like pears or celery) or contestants have to describe without using vague descriptions like “it was delicious”. If you can find clips of these activities, you could watch them with your son so he could see others tasting and describing. Best of luck!

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    1. I love the idea of introducing new “surprise” foods at lunch time instead of dinner time. He is the type of child who would love a game like that, and I think the show clips would help. Plus, I won’t have to hear him complain if he doesn’t like the food while he’s at school! Thanks for the advice!

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  3. We love making cashew butter! My son likes it better than peanut butter now. It is really easy if you have a food processor. We also make “sunny butter” with sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and lemon zest. There is a great recipe on a blog I like, 101 cookbooks.

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    1. Will have to check out the sunny butter recipe! That sounds delicious.

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    2. What a beautiful blog with delicious, healthy recipes. So glad you recommended it!

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  4. Kristie, is it nut-free or just peanut-free? A friend of mine mentioned that they couldn’t do other nut butters either, so they do soy butter instead.

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    1. Looks like it is just “no peanuts” so I will definitely try some of the other nut butters. I did try sunflower butter that I bought at the grocery store but he knew immediately that it was not his beloved peanut butter. He ate half of the sandwich but complained the whole time. Perhaps I will have better luck with cashew butter!

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