Friends. We’re almost SIX weeks into the new school year, and we got to thinking: what’s everyone feeding their kids for lunch? If you have a child whose diet is gluten-free or allergy sensitive, what kinds of snacks do you pack?
If you’re struggling with filling your little one’s lunchbox with gluten-free eats that are tasty and relatively healthy, we’ve come up with a list for you.
Here are 5 foods that are naturally gluten-free for the kiddos:
Fresh fruit is always a hit with the kids and typically allergen-free. Bento Boxes are great for storing a variety of fresh fruit in backpacks and offer some squish-free protection for pre-cut fruit.
VEGGIES AND HUMMUS
This classic duo is a hit in terms of taste and nutrition. Chickpeas (the base in hummus) are high in fibre and protein, which allow for energy sustainability throughout your little one’s long day.
Making your own is supremely easy - and lets you play with some different flavor add-ins. The Kitchn has a great hummus breakdown if you need a starting place.
(Obvs, fresh veggies are also nutritionally superior to most school snacks).
Also high in protein and most come in convenient little cups, in a variety of different flavours. Tip: buy full-fat yogurt over fat-free. It’ll sustain your wee one for longer, and it’s better for them, as it typically has less sugar.
Need a kick? Add berries and / or hemp hearts!
As mentioned above, chickpeas are full of good stuff and tons of kiddos like to pop these suckers into their mouths, whole! (Plus, they’re easy to pack).
Try roasting them for something a little different—they’ll double up great as a little sprinkle topping on salads. Oh-so good. Again, a little inspo for you from The Kitchn if you need some help!
Another high-protein food, boiled eggs are filling and easy to eat on the fly - like at the playground. Because most schools are nut-free nowadays, boiled eggs are a great high-protein option.
Upgrade that egg with a few slices of gluten-free deli ham or salami, OR, one of our faves? A scoop of guacamole. So good, so satisfying. A little sprinkle of salt and pepper, and you, my friend, have got it made.
Here are 5 more that with a little effort, you can make and / or purchase gluten-free versions of:
CHEESE AND CRACKERS
Gluten-free crackers, of course. You know who makes these? We do! (Fieldhouse Brewing uses them on their Faspa boards! Ours will eventually become available for purchase in our new location!)
You can also find a fairly decent variety in the health-food aisle of your neighbourhood grocery store.
Look for gluten-free labels, as some pepperoni does contain gluten. But, pair it with slices of cheese and our gluten-free baguettes? Consider it a less-messy pizza sub. Your kids will go nuts!
SOUPS AND CHILLIS AND ALL THE HOT STUFF
Again, mind the gluten-free labels. Amy’s Kitchen makes fab gluten-free products that can be warmed in the morning, then taken to school in a thermos. Yum!
APPLES AND NON-NUT BUTTER
Another classic. Here’s our secret: slice apples, toss in a little fresh lemon juice, then place them back together to cover as much of the flesh as possible. Store in an airtight container, and when ready, kiddies can dip slices in nut-free butter. Or yogurt. Or just eat as is! After all, an apple a day...
GLUTEN-FREE TORTILLA CHIPS AND SALSA
Our fave brand is Que Pasa, by Nature’s Path Foods and Fresh is Best. This idea is easy to pack, and more nutritious than you might think! If you purchase whole grain, gluten-free tortilla chips, those are some quality carbs your kiddo will be snacking on!
Let us know what your suggestions are for gluten-free lunches and snacks for the kids—we want to hear your ideas. And if you need anything we can help with - like gluten-free cookies, bread, cupcakes - please stop by and see what we have in shop.
Similarly, you can always place a custom order. We just need 2-3 business days to ensure your order will be good to go.
The Polly Fox