School is back and parents everywhere are pulling out their hair trying to create healthy fun lunch ideas. Add food allergies to the mix and your options become even more limited.
If you’re looking for help in the lunch department here are a few simple tips to make the lunch box event easier and stress free that are also gluten, dairy and nut free.
Take time each week to jot down lunch menus for the week that way you know what to shop for and what you’ll be making for lunches.
Have a couple of wide mouth thermoses. These are great for leftovers, soups and casseroles.
Have some plastic or glass containers that have compartments so you can pack multiple food items for lunch time.
Purchase a dehydrator and make beef jerky, dried fruits, flax crackers and kale chips.
Make It Visually Fun
Presentation does go a long way. Having options for kids makes eating more fun and much more exciting that just a sandwich. Fill the containers with colourful fruits, vegetables, and dips. Cutting fruit into fun shapes can entice kids to eat it too.
Depending on the age of your child ask them help with lunch making so they can have a say in what goes into their lunch bag.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Lunch Ideas
Hummus with cut up zucchini, carrots, celery and peppers
Salsa with corn chips
Sliced cucumber lengthwise and fill with tunafish or dairy free cream cheese, place other half of cucumber on top to make a cucumber sandwich
Smoothies made with coconut milk
Daiya dairy free cream cheese with mashed dates on gluten free bread or crackers
Celery filled with Daiya cream cheese or seed butter with raisins on top
Leftover chicken drumsticks with cut up vegetables
Homemade soup with gluten free crackers for on top- (Try Happy Planet Soups)
Beans and weiners
Gluten Free Trail Mix- Gluten free cereal with raisins, dairy free chocolate chips and Mary’s gluten free pretzels
Deviled eggs with olives on top
Chia Squeeze are fun and colourful for kids
Veggie’s Go’s fruit and vegetable strips