Now with summer coming to a close and schools starting up what’s a parent with a gluten intolerant/sensitive kid to do? The number of kids with gluten intolerance is on the rise, and so are kids with sensitivity to gluten. That means no wheat, barley or rye, which are the most common bread components.
So if you have a kid that really doesn’t want to give up their sandwiches then luckily there are more and more alternatives to these including breads made from:
- Bean Starches
There are some really good deli meats, cheeses, and condiments that are gluten-free as well such as Boar’s Head, which is a favorite around here! There is also Hormel® Natural Choice® gluten-free products if it’s easier to find where you live.
This diet lends itself to the gluten intolerant/sensitive person to eat better in general so it’s a great chance to get your kids used to eating good old fashion fruits and vegetables.
- Apple slices with a small side of peanut butter (assuming no peanut allergy) are a great go-to snack. Celery with peanut or almond butter is another one.
- Fruit Kabobs are another favorite for kids. Cube small pieces of fruit for a nutritional and fun way for your kids to eat more fruit. The fiber and natural sugars will keep your kids awake and energetic at school.
- Leftover homemade soup is another one! Get a wide-mouth thermos and fill with their favorite soup it will still be hot come lunchtime!
- Low carbohydrate trail mix is yet another idea!
The best advice is to get your kids involved in the process of planning a weekly lunchbox menu. Let them pick out a lunchbox they love that has a thermos and ice pack in it. Avoid sugary drinks and instead put small water bottles in them. This way they will look forward to carrying a fun lunchbox and it will keep their foods at a safe temperature!