If you’re looking for the blog post about gluten-free school lunches, click here. If not, read on!
It’s back to school time, which means back to packing lunches!
Before you misread that exclamation point as excitement, you need to know I don’t pack lunch for my celiac son anymore.
I haven’t for the past five years.
My celiac son purchases a gluten-free lunch at school everyday, thanks to some hard work and partnership with our school district. You can read our story here.
But before this, I packed lunch everyday. And I hated it some days because my son likes his food warm and fresh, not sitting in a lunch box for 6 hours. Can’t blame him, but I still tried and packed the best lunches I could, every single day. And some days I really got it right!
So since I am often asked about lunch ideas I thought I’d share some lunchboxes I created for an article on Parent Map a few years ago and give you my best tips for packing lunch.
Let me begin by saying it’s challenging for anyone to pack lunches every day and keep it interesting, delicious and healthy. (Though my friend Gillian of Lala Lunchbox has an amazing Instagram account and app where she manages to share the most amazing lunchbox ideas and inspiration daily!)
When a child also needs to eat gluten-free whether it be for medical reasons (like celiac disease or a gluten intolerance) or by choice, it requires additional planning.
So here are my top tips for packing a gluten-free lunch:
Here are 3 easy lunch ideas my son used to love:
Lunch Idea 1: Mexican Fiesta
The premise of this plate is to use tonight’s dinner for tomorrow’s lunch.
The work has already been done in prepping dinner. You might as well benefit from it by enjoying the food for lunch too.
The plate can be easily adapted to tastes: substitute steak or tofu for chicken, rice for quinoa, and add any vegetable your child loves.
Lunch Idea 2: Veggie Hummus Plate
Who doesn’t love a big snack plate?
Now you can have your very own for lunch! Just assemble your child’s favorite vegetables, some hummus, cheese and gluten-free pretzels. You could also add some fruit for additional fun.
Lunch Idea 3: Breakfast for lunch
Switch it up and serve breakfast for lunch. This easy to make, deconstructed yogurt parfait is always a hit and can be easily adapted to tastes.
Hope you found this helpful!
Leave a comment and let me know your favorite packed lunch or lunch packing tips!