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Gluten-Free Friday 7/13/13

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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Today is the long awaited return of Gluten-Free Friday! Yay! Well I hope somebody was waiting? Anybody? It has been awhile since my last gluten-free post but my journey with my 2 year old son Evan continues. At this point I actually find it pretty easy to feed Evan gluten-free from home and it doesn’t really require much thought. It is when we go out that it is difficult! We rarely just pop by anywhere for a quick bite since there are still many restaurants who don’t even know what gluten-free is never mind understand cross contamination. There are however a few exceptions.


So what does this mean? It means that I must research eating establishments on line before we go. It means before we go on vacation I have contacted local ice cream shops and restaurants near our vacation rental to know the “safe” places in advance. Well and believe it or not, there is an “app for that”, actually there are many. It means I stuff my handbag full of gluten-free snacks just in case it doesn’t pan out. We get by. Honestly it is a good way to stick to vows of eating at home more often which also means I have learned to make a lot of favorite foods at home to be certain they are safe. I can now make homemade ice cream like nobody’s business!


Does it always work out? No, we have unfortunately “glutened” Evan, accidentally of course. We can usually tell, he doesn’t sleep as well, he doesn’t behave the same and his digestive system will be off for hours or even days. We are doing our best. It is a learning process and you do grow accustomed to it! At a high level that is our progress to date (5-6 months in to gluten elimination)! Lots of success and some frustration!

Now on to lunch!

Here are examples of some lunches I have packed for Evan this week:

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  • Perdue Simply Smart Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders (packed frozen, they are fully cooked and defrost by lunch)
  • Cheese Stick
  • Carrot chips (cooked)
  • Rainier Cherries
  • Red Grapes

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  • Perdue Chicken Shortcuts
  • Red Grapes
  • Pirate Brands Original Tings
  • Cucumbers

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  • Gluten-free Chex Mix topped with 3 gluten-free Annie’s GingerSnap bunnies
  • Blueberries
  • Bagel pizza made with an Udi’s bagel

All lunches shown on today’s post are packed in Lunchbots (affiliate link) containers.



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Simple Patriotic Preschool Lunch

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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School is out! For us working parents that often means the scramble of finding summer care for our children. None-the-less in many ways it is more relaxed! Most of us also manage to squeeze in some vacation time in the summer as well. My family will be packing up and heading to the New England seacoast in less then 3 weeks for a full 7 day respite! I am definitely looking forward to that!

My toddlers do actually continue year round at preschool so the lunch packing never stops. This week with Independence Day coming, is a short week for my kiddos, only 3 days. So I just had to sneak in a simple Patriotic Lunch for the holiday.

I used red and blue silicone baking cups to start with. This gave my Lunchbots Duo some additional compartments and set the patriotic background. I added strawberries in the blue cup (for contrast) and cucumber stars in the red cup. I set down a layer of Late July Mini Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches (I am not paid to promote their brand but love their organic snacks). I added a sandwich cut with a star cookie cutter and a smaller cheese star as a fun detail. A fun lunch with simple details. I might have added a fun food pick but alas just didn’t have one appropriate for this theme! That’s OK… I think the red, white and blue theme comes across enough!




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Lunch 4 “the ages” {K-5}

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Lunch 4 “the ages” {K-5}

Welcome! This is the 2nd post of a 3 post series featuring tips about packing lunches for children. Last week I focused on packing lunch for preschoolers (Pre-K). This week I focus on lunches for children in  Kindergarten through 5th grade and next week I’ll cover grade 6 and beyond. If you are a blogger and have a URL featuring tips or photos of lunches for this age group please feel free to link up at the bottom of this post (while it is available).

Only one of my 4 children fit into this age bracket. My son Brendan. Brendan is in 5th grade so he just barely fits in this category. He has just reached the age where he is becoming embarrassed by cutesy gestures. I have had so much fun packing some creative lunches for Brendan and luckily the fun doesn’t have to end, it just has to be more reserved. Let’s however leave this topic for next week! And instead focus on where we have been!


Here are my lunch tips and thoughts about packing lunches for Kindergarten through 5th grade:

  1. Get those kids involved – Kiddos in this age bracket have some definite opinions on what they like and what they don’t like. They are also definitely willing to share those opinions with you. Seek this input from your children. Have your child participate in packing lunch if they are willing and let them make some selections for their own lunches. Consider letting them choose a recipe from a cookbook or online to make. Talk with them about healthy eating and about packing lunches with less waste. Need menu inspiration? Check out Momables, an inexpensive subscription lunch menu service. Also go check out these kids in action packing their own lunch: Bento Kids!
  2. Go crazy – You don’t have to but you can if you want to! Lunchbox accessories are no longer off limits. You can use food picks, cupcake rings and whatever other creative lunchbox décor you can dream up. Choking is no longer as high of a risk as it is for the little ones! Food no longer needs to be cut into bite sized pieces as it does for toddlers. Explore these freedoms! Draw inspiration from what your children love. It doesn’t have to be a bento master piece. One small detail is all it takes!
  3. Pack it cold – In this age bracket children rarely have access to means to heat up lunch. They also usually don’t have access to a fridge to keep their lunch cold. Pack lunches meant to be eaten cold. Pack lunches to stay cold or pack lunches that need little to no refrigeration! Most standard lunchboxes do not keep food at food safe temperatures for longer than 2 hours. Use 2 ice packs instead of 1 to prevent spoiling. Also consider freezing drinks or yogurts so they will stay fresh, these will defrost by lunch time. If your child prefers a hot lunch consider investing in a good thermal container.
  4. Keep it together – There is a wide range of maturity in this age bracket but many kids will not remember or will not be able to hold their lunchbox flat. Sauces, dips or dressings should be placed in leak proof lidded containers. Food should be packed tightly to stay in place. Consider using compartmentalized containers like Lunchbots or Easylunchboxes. Use silicon baking cups or bento baran to act as food dividers.

Still have more questions? Like to know more about lunches featured in this post? Feel free to contact me via email (email on left sidebar) or by commenting on this post and I will attempt to help you work through them! Remember to check out the blogs linking up below for more lunches packed for elementary school aged children! Refer back to last week’s post for Preschoolers for additional lunch packing tips.


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