Yep, it's that time - summer has flown by! School starts August 5th for Jack - Kindergarten or BUST!
That means, packing healthy gluten-free lunches to take to school 5 days a week.
With my lil' Ironman being a picky eater, we are going to have to get VERY creative!
Let's start with some tips, some dos, some dont's and some of my favorite gluten-free school lunch links!
- Lunches don't have to be sandwiches
- Iron and Protein packed foods help provide energy for the afternoon
- Plan ahead - pack lunches the night before
3 DOs for Jack's lunches:
- Pack protein and iron foods to provide energy for the afternoon
- Milk or water
- Pack a little treat - it's a special way to say I love you :)
3 DON'Ts for Jack's lunches:
- No sugar drinks, like juice boxes, pouch drinks, etc. - kids need to fill up on water for more brain power
- No items that are too hard to open - they need to focus on eating, not trying to open something for 10 minutes
- No plastic baggies - it really is a waste - find a great plastic container to reuse
|Head over to Keeley's blog for cute ways|
to pack lunches!
3 HELPFUL Gluten-Free School Lunch Links:
Gluten-Free Lunch Tips - Living Gluten-Free for Dummies (you're not dumb...)
100 Gluten Free School Lunch Ideas - Glutenfreeville (LOVE this link - tons of ideas)
20 Non-Sandwich Gluten-Free Lunches - Keeley McGuire (Keeley is fabulous!)
Here are some lunch ideas I've come up with for Jack. Remember, I have a picky eater! So veggies aren't his favorite and I'll be introducing those at home as well as working on deli meat. I would love to do ham and cheese roll-ups in his lunches...we'll get there!
So here we go...
Jack's School Lunch Menu:
Glutino Pretzel Chips and Peanut Butter (These Pretzel Chips are AWESOME - closest snack I have found to a cracker that Jack likes - more about them coming soon!)
Colby/Jack Cheese Cubes
Half of a Banana
PB and Jelly on Udi's White Sandwich Bread
Lay's Potato Chips
Glutino's Chocolate Chip Cookie
Applegate Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets (see here how to keep them warm - haven't tried this - but it's worth trying!
Glutino's Potato Crisps
Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookie
Pizza Squares - Udi's Pizza Crust - bake, cut in squares, put in thermos to keep warm.
Hey, that wasn't so hard!! Now, Jack better eat 'em! ;)
Here's a sample lunch that I made yesterday to take with us to the park. I was inspired by Keeley's pictures of all her fabulous lunches!
I think we got this! What do you pack for your kiddo's gluten-free lunches? Any tips to share? I'd love to hear 'em!
Happy lunch packing and best wishes for a great gluten-free school year!