My family is not gluten-free but we have many wonderful friends who are. For their benefit and at the request of our friends over at House-54 I endeavour each Friday to discuss Gluten-Free lunch ideas. I hope these ideas will benefit all of you as well! If looking for more Gluten-Free lunch inspiration please visit my friend Keeley at Keeley McGuire Blog!
My beautiful 22 month old son has Down syndrome. Studies show that up to 10% of people with Down syndrome have Celiac Disease. This is mostly attributed to the fact that people with Down syndrome are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases. Thus far we do not believe that my son has Celiac Disease but I have often thought that if he did I am equipped to handle it. I recognized that it isn’t entirely easy because I have learned that you must give thought to everything you eat and drink. I do believe that writing these gluten-free posts has given me tremendous insight into things to consider and sources of hidden gluten! I have been so pleased to learn however that a gluten-free life can be achieved without too much sacrifice!
This week I want to discuss gluten-free lunch snacks. Most children bring cold lunches to school and snacks are a big part of that. Not to mention that young school age children often have designated snack times in additional to lunch time. Below I have compiled a list of over 30 gluten-free lunch box snack suggestions that are easy to find, easy to prepare, easy to pack and easy to eat! Although, these snacks are certainly not all exclusive to kids so adults please enjoy too!
Fruits, Veggies, Nuts and Seeds
- All fresh fruits and veggies. Consider grapes, carrot sticks, celery sticks, apple slices, cucumber slices, bananas, kiwi, tomatos, snap peas, orange slices, green beans, broccoli, pineapple, mango, papaya, pepper slices and any other fresh fruit or veggie your family loves!
- Applesauce cups or pouches such as GoGo Squeez.
- Fruit Cups
- Pistachios (shells can be choking hazards for small children) or any nut in it’s pure form without seasonings
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dried Fruits (raisins, apricots, mangos etc)
Crackers, Chips and other Crunchy Snacks
- Cheddar Puffs like Trader Joe’s Brand or Pirate Booty
- Popcorn (look for brands marked gluten-free to avoid possible cross contamination) like Angie’s
- Popped Chips like Popcorners
- Rice Crackers like RiceWorks
- Gluten-free Crackers like Glutino
- Veggie Crisps
- Rice Cakes
- Way Better Snacks Chips
- Late July Snacks Chips
- Snikiddy Snacks
- Gluten-free Pretzels like Snyder’s
- Corn Tortilla Chips (look for gluten-free marked varieties)
- Gluten-Free Cereals like Envirokidz ny Nature’s Path
- Surf Sweets gummy candies
- Enjoy Life Cookies
- KIND Bars
- Yogurt Raisins like Trader Joe’s brand (not all yogurt raisins are gluten-free)
- Sun Cups
- Crispy Rice Bars like Envirokidz by Nature’s Path
- Granola like Udi’s
- Yogurt like Chobani (except for Chobani Flips) or Stoneyfield Farms (except YoToddler)
I wonder what is your favorite gluten-free snack? I think you’ll agree after reading this list that gluten-free doesn’t have to mean a sacrifice in yummy snack options!
Please note that this list does not factor other types of food allergies. Please be aware that some of these items may contain nuts, dairy or other possible allergens. Always check product labeling for your allergy concerns before consuming and call the product manufacturer if not clear!
For a review of Way Better Snacks refer to this post!
Lunch pictured at the top of the post includes:
- Grapes, apple slices, cheddar puffs, pistachios and a sandwich cut in the shape of a football helmet(use your favorite gluten-free bread like Rudis or Udi’s). It sometimes helps to microwave gluten-free breads for a few moments before attempting to cut with a cookie cutter.
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