Ive been to several gluten-free conventions and have
had the pleasure to either instruct cooking classes or lecture
on how to eat well on a gluten-free diet. Inevitably, simply
due to the large number of children diagnosed with Celiac
disease, the question arises about what to send with our Celiac
kids to school. Through my own experience and, it appears
to be the same for many other mothers, this tends to be more
of an issue for us, mothers (and fathers) than it tends to
be for our kids. My son is very forgiving about gf bread and
is ecstatic about special treats like gluten-free cookies.
In fact, he gets so excited about his food that he wants to
share it with all of his friends. That said, he is also quite
comfortable with his standard favorites (much like most kids
are having boring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 5 days
a week!). Im not sure if my child is just unusually
relaxed about this or if this attitude is fairly common. We
parents, I think, struggle so hard to have their lives be
"normal" and wish their diets could be like every
other "average" kid. But lets face it
our kids are truly special and I mean that in the most
you are discouraged with school lunches, bag lunches and so
forth, Id like you to think about the positives this
diet offers your children. Being on the gluten-free diet actually
forces your children to eat healthier. All the processed junk
food is now on the forbidden list, many fast food, pre-packaged
quick foods are also eliminated from their diet.
Your children now can focus on eating wholesome foods, largely
organic, in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables. Think
about it most "average" kids are consuming
copious quantities of junk that their bodies simply do not
need and could also benefit by eliminating these empty
foods from their diet.
So lets talk about lunch and what
your child can easily take to school and enjoy with pride.
Here are some great tips for your childs next sack
- Purchase small hot/cold containers that
will hold a single portion. This way you can cook an extra
serving or two for dinner and pack a hot lunch serving in
your childs lunch.
- For some unknown reason, children who
usually turn up their noses to hard-boiled eggs will eat
a hard-boiled egg if it is any other color than white or
brown. Color a dozen eggs and slip one into your childs
lunch as a colorful and nutritious surprise.
- Cut up fresh vegetables and include a
small sealable container of dip.
- Make extra popcorn for an evening snack
and mix some with nuts for a snack for lunch.
Print this calendar out and stick it on
your fridge for great lunch ideas. Quick and easy meals your
kids will enjoy every day of the week.
Celery Sticks w/Peanut Butter
Colored Hard-boiled Egg
Boars Head lunch meat wrapped around cheese sticks
and pinned together with colorful toothpicks
Hormel Mini Salami or Pepperoni
Blue Diamond Nut thin Crackers
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich (made with the Gluten
Free Pantrys Favorite Sandwich Bread mix)
Gf Corn Chips
These menu ideas are just that
Dont break your back trying to make each and every thing
on this calendar. But instead use the calendar as a idea place
to vary your kids lunches and keep them excited about
We hope you and your kids have a great school
Article written by Jessica Hale, Co-Editor
& Chef, Glutenfreeda.com, Inc.