Allergy – Free Lunch Ideas

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.

Plan Ahead

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

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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

Bread free roll ups using gluten free deli meats (Try Maple Leaf Natural Selections or Piller’s Fine Foods)

Rice cakes with nut free nutella spread, or chocolate banana spread

 

Snacks

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

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas

Chia Squeeze are fun and colourful for kids

Veggie’s Go’s fruit and vegetable strips

Skinny Pop Popcorn

 

About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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