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Pack a Dairy-Free School Lunch

By August 17, 2011

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Is your child lactose intolerant or does she have a dairy allergy? Packing a lunch without dairy can be daunting, but with a little advance planning and label reading (note that milk and whey are common bread ingredients) your child can have a tasty, nutritious, and kid-pleasing school lunch. Try one of these ideas:


  • Individual carton of soy milk
  • Juice box
  • Water

 Main courses:

  • Pita bread stuffed with hummus, red pepper and cucumber slices
  • PB&J or almond butter and fruit spread on dairy-free bread
  • Dairy-free lunch meat and soy cheese on dairy-free bread
  • Homemade pasta salad
  • Tortilla wrap with deli chicken, tomato, and guacamole


  • Soy yogurt
  • Dairy-free pretzels
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins, dried cranberries, or apricots
  • Potato chips
  • Carrot and celery sticks
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Mini rice cakes (make sure they are dairy-free) with almond butter


For more dairy-free school lunch ideas, see Ashley Skabar's recipes for Dairy-Free Lunches for Kids.

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