Packing a lunchbox can be a challenging task for anyone, especially when your lunch needs to be gluten-free. Usually this time of year my kids start to ask for new lunch choices and complain that their school lunch box selections are boring. As a parent it’s a constant struggle to find healthy foods that your children will eat and enjoy. When a food allergy, gluten intolerance or celiac disease is added to the mix the task of finding nutritious foods can feel daunting. But it doesn’t have to.
Udi’s Gluten Free sent me a sampling of their gluten free products to help inspire creativity for gluten free delicious lunch choices. We are not a gluten free family, but we do incorporate gluten free products into our diet. We have plenty of people in our lives that are gluten free so I always try to have safe products around.
Tackling Back-to-School Gluten-Free
I thought I would share a few ways we have tried out Udi’s gluten-free products in our lunch boxes since going back-to-school.
Udi’s Millet-Chia Bread
After reading a lot about the health benefits of chia seeds I finally added them to my diet-and I love them. I was very excited to see that Udi’s has a Millet-Chia Bread. We used it this week to make my son’s famous lox sandwich, which he takes to school most days. I find most gluten-free breads to be very dry. Udi’s wasn’t as dry as others I’ve tried, but it was still a little to dry for my kids. They liked the White Sandwhich Bread better than the Millet-Chia Bread.
Gluten-Free Granola Mix
Some form of granola makes it into our lunch boxes a few days of the week. My kids love granola and they add all sorts of mix-ins to it to make it unique. Some days it’s raisins and other days it’s cereal. Udi’s has an Au Naturel Granola that’s gluten-free and worked perfectly for the mix-ins. My kids love to use Kids Konserve Stainless Steel Mini Food Containers to pack a trail mix in their lunch.
Veggie and Fruit Combos
We love using our LunchBots stainless steel containers for lunch side dishes. Some of the LunchBots come with dividers so it’s easy to incorporate two snacks into one container. Here are a few of our favorites:
Raspberries and Glutino gluten-free pretzels
Organic carrots (unpeeled), celery and Glutino pretzels
Not every lunch comes with a dessert, but once in a while a cookie or special treat makes its way into our lunch box. Udi’s Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Chip cookies are a great gluten-free alternative.
How do you make your lunch gluten-free? I would love to hear your suggestions.
Disclosure: Udi’s generously provided me with their products for review. The opinions are my very own.