It's back to school time and time to switch back to the routine of packing lunches for your kids. But if your child has celiac disease, gluten intolerance or other food restrictions it can make it it a bit harder to pack their lunches this year. Making sure your kids get the nutrition they need, and still feel normal is important to you, but also will make it more likely they'll eat their lunch or snacks.
Since it's sometimes hard to come up with ideas that your kids (or you) will love in their lunch bag that is allergen safe - here are 10 gluten free snack items your family will love.
- Veggies - Carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, snap peas or whatever your child prefers. Pair with a Greek yogurt dip or honey mustard dressing.
- Fruit - Berries, Oranges, Apples in bite sized pieces.
- Cheese and Rice Crackers - Cubes of block cheese are a great snack. They taste great and with a nice rice cracker - they're packed with protein and crunch.
- Fruit Roll Ups or Fruit Snacks - there are a lot out there that aren't gluten free, but we prefer Annie's Homegrown - they're organic, they're gluten free, and they don't have added coloring or chemicals.
- Hard Boiled Eggs - Depending on the age of your child, remove the shell before placing it in their lunch box. And for added fun, put them in an egg shaper!
- Corn Chips - Add in a small cup of hummus, salsa or guacamole to change up the mood of the lunch box.
- Yogurt - Be careful with some store bought yogurts, not all of them are gluten free! We actually make our own at home, it's super easy and all you need is a slow cooker, 2 ingredients and patience. Find our recipe for Slow Cooker Yogurt here!
- Cookies - Obviously not for the every day, but once in a while - we all need a cookie! I love making our no bake cookies with gluten free muesli inside so there are hidden fruits and nuts.
- Mixed nuts - This is if there isn't also a nut allergy - but they're protein packed and a great addition to the crunch factor!
- Ants on a Log - You remember these from when we were kids right? They're still delicious! Celery sticks filled with peanut butter (or alternate nut butter) and topped with raisins. Want to change it up a bit? Change the nut butter out for some cream cheese mixed with sugar and cinnamon and top with golden raisins - trust me you'll thank me later!
Packing allergen friendly lunch boxes doesn't have to be hard, find what your child (or you) like and pack some ahead of time. What is your favorite gluten free snack to include in a meal?