Are you feeling overwhelmed at the thought of packing your child a lunch free of gluten? Don’t be. I have put together 12 gluten-free lunch ideas that any kid will love! (And you will love how easy they are to make!)
A few days ago, my granddaughter and I were on Amazon in search of the “perfect” lunch box for her. While we were browsing, I asked if she liked taking her lunch or if she would rather buy it. Without missing a beat her response was, “Nana, I bought my lunch ONE time. I will never do that again!” Enough said! After looking at lunch pails that included ice packs and eating utensils, she settled on a two compartment lunch box that included a mesh water bottle holder on the side. Finding the “perfect” lunch box is not an easy task. Click here to find the perfect one for your kiddo.
There so many gluten-free food options available, that packing a lunch is super easy. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt, gluten-free granola bars and potato chips are great filler options. Sandwiches are staples of school lunches. Now that gluten-free breads are tastier, sandwiches are guilt-free. Here are a few gluten-free brands:
Franz – smells and tastes good. Slices are thick.
Rudis – makes a delicious cinnamon raisin bread.
Pamela’s Bread Mix – homemade bread is the best. This is one of my favorite bread mixes and is so easy to make. No kneading is required!
12 Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas
Pasta Salad is a healthy choice for lunches. Look for pasta made with corn and rice, chickpeas or lentils. Combine cut up slices of turkey or ham with vinegar and oil, or Hellman’s makes a gluten-free mayonnaise.
Lettuce Wraps are yummy, gluten-free lunch alternatives to bread sandwiches. For a new spin on an old standby – the BLT sandwich – wrap bacon and tomato in lettuce leaves. Tip: Bibb lettuce (also called Butter lettuce) provides more nutrients than iceberg.
Avocados stuffed with chicken or tuna salad are a gluten-free lunch that gets rave reviews from kids. Tip: Scoop out part of the avocado and mix with about ½ cup sour cream for a yummy dressing.
Deli Sandwiches consist of slices of turkey, ham or roast beef and their favorite cheese nestled between gluten-free bread. Top with their favorite condiment and sliced tomatoes.
Deviled Eggs are healthy and filling made with homemade mayonnaise and topped with bacon bits,
AB & J is a new twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spread almond butter with their favorite jam for a delicious sandwich.
Bean Burritos are a delicious alternative to sandwiches. Stuff gluten-free tortillas with refried beans, rice and various veggies. Pack guacamole and salsa in separate containers.
Bean and Cheese Tacos: Fill warm corn tortillas with refried beans and top with Kraft or Sargento shredded Mexican cheese (both brands are gluten-free). Serve salsa on side. Good cold for school lunches.
Pita Pockets are stuffed with chicken salad, egg salad or tuna salad. Tip: insert a large lettuce leaf into the pocket so that the gluten-free pita doesn’t get soggy. Bfree Gluten Free Pita Breads are vegan, nut free, egg free, dairy free,and soy free. Click here to get this 3 pack.
Sandwiches on a Stick: Your kid will be the envy of her classmates with these little sandwiches on a skewer. Cut veggies such as: cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, avocado and put on skewer. Alternate with rolled-up meats and cheese cubes. Use grape tomatoes whole.
Mac‘N-Cheese with Hot Dogs: This easy-to-make dish is a hit with kids. Barilla makes a great gluten-free macaroni (It is my favorite. Click here to get.). Cut gluten-free hot dogs, such as Ball Park, Boars Head or Oscar Mayer, into kid-friendly pieces. Either pack in a separate container or stir them directly into the mac-‘n-cheese. Mmm, mmm good!
Soup: Fill a thermos with their favorite gluten-free soup for a warm lunch on a chilly day. Don’t forget the gluten-free crackers!
Don’t forget to add a little love note to brighten their day!
You might also enjoy packing these gluten-free treats in their lunch box:
You might also enjoy Your Gluten-Free Cookie Jar. This cookbook has 40 cookie recipes you won’t believe are gluten-free!