Lunchbox Ideas for the Gluten Free/Dairy Free/ Nut free child
I am not going to lie. Packing lunch every day is not my favorite thing to do. I always pack lunch the night before and I am usually too tired to put a lot of thought into it. So it does not always turn out to be the healthiest, but as I am becoming more focused on our health as a family, I am finding that I put a little more effort into it.
Avery is about to be 4 and he is very set in his ways. He does not like change unless it is by his own choice. For instance, he has 3 or 4 meals he rotates for dinner. He will not choose to have what my husband and I have. But on most nights, he sneaks around back over to where we are eating and peeks at our plates. Most times he asks what we are eating. If at this point I ask if he wants to try it, almost always he will say yes. Every once in awhile he will agree to eat our dinner for the evening if he has had a taste before and liked it.
Anyway, back to lunch. I am going to use this page to keep a running list of Avery approved lunch box items. My hope is that is gives you some ideas. Maybe you have thought of all of these. Maybe not. Sometimes just the thought of all of a sudden having to pack gluten free lunches is so overwhelming that you can’t even think of anything. Add in the dairy free and nut free factors and what in the world are you left with!!?? That is what we intend to find out my friends. 🙂
- Jones Dairy Farm GF Sausage patties
- Jones Dairy Farm GF Sausage links
- Pancakes made from Gluten Free Bisquick
- Pancakes with applesauce or blueberries added in
- Eggs. Avery likes fried eggs best but has just discovered hard boiled and liked them as well.
- Cheese- He has been eating regular cheddar cheese sticks at breakfast. As part of our transition I am going to start making cheese sticks using Cabot Cheddar cheese, which is lactose free. If the dairy still bothers him then we will think of something new or avoid cheese altogether.
- Yogurt- This one I will report on soon. He tried Stoneyfields Farm Soy yogurt and was not really impressed. We will be making the long trip to Whole Foods soon and then we will give other yogurts a try. I think he will like Whole Soy & Co yogurts. They have tons of flavors.
- Libby’s Vienna Sausages (I looked and they are gluten free! Woohoo because he loves them lol!)
- Leftovers from my dinner~ Chicken breast pulled apart into thick pieces, chopped steak, cut up pieces of roast, etc
- Tuna salad (just the tuna and mayo). He was not excited about Asian Gourmet Rice Crackers so I need to find another brand. He loves his tuna on crackers.
- GF Turkey deli meat rolled up.
- Hot Dogs. ~We have always used Ball Park but with the switch to GF we are going to be using Hebrew National Hot Dogs. They are apparently DF as well.
- Other deli meats rolled up, like ham or pepperoni. Brands that are ok to use include Boars Head, Dietz & Watson, Applegate Farms, Hormel Naturals (all of us like these) and Hormel for the pepperoni.
- Salad. He loves ranch and I will be attempting to make a GF/DF ranch with a recipe I found. I will report back with the results. He does like Italian dressing as well.
- Ore Ida French Fries and Tater Tots. (both kids could eat these any day at any time lol)
- Apple slices
- Corn tortilla chips
- Lay’s classic chips
- Baby carrots
- Rice Cakes
- Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
- And then if I am doing snacks for Erica, we also include fresh strawberries, blueberries, sliced tomatoes with oil and balsamic vinegar, cucumbers, oranges, mandarin orange fruit cups, pineapple, KIND bars, chips with salsa, chips with guacamole.
Stay tuned for updates!!