Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Let’s Talk Magnesium

by Misty

If you’ve ever searched for a kid’s multivitamin that has more than 5% of the daily allowance of magnesium, you know just how difficult this task can be. Fortunately, there are some good GFCF liquid supplements on the market, but GFCF Lunchbox believes in filling kids’ tummies with lots of magnesium-rich foods as well.

Why is magnesium so important in a child’s diet? For starters, it’s needed to generate new cells, activate B vitamins, form bones, and assist in calcium and potassium uptake. What’s more, magnesium is necessary to transmit nerve and muscle impulses, so it helps kids relax. One of the key roles of magnesium is to clot blood, which may not sound pretty, but it sure is nice when your kid falls down and gets an ouchie.

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November 29, 2011

GFCF Holiday Meals on the Go

by Misty

Festive holiday meals are typically laden with butter, cheese, bread crumbs and all manner of desserts that are off-limits for the GFCF child. For this reason, it’s not surprising that some of the nicest celebrations bring a sense of dread, or worse, the idea of ditching altogether because it’s not worth the effort. While not as simple as cooking in your own home, feeding your child a GFCF holiday meal at a friend’s or relative’s house can be done, and more importantly, can be enjoyed with a little planning and organization.

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November 28, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein/Carbohydrate: Applegate Farms Smoked Turkey and pickle sandwich on Rudi’s Multigrain Bread

Protein: Pumpkin seeds

Veggie: Baby carrots

Fruit: Grapes and applesauce

Treat: Corn tortilla chips

 

 

 

November 17, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein: Hard-boiled egg

Carbohydrate: Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Multigrain Bread

Veggie: Green peas (from frozen)

Fruit: Apple “sticks”

Treat: K Kritters Animal Cookies

November 15, 2011

Let’s Talk Iron

by Misty

Like many children on the GFCF diet, our kids are on a daily regimen of vitamin supplements. While giving them spoonfuls of bubble gum-flavored magnesium, lemon-flavored fish oil,  and bear-shaped gummies should make us feel secure that their nutritional needs are being met, we are always researching natural foods to add to their plates, snack bags and lunch boxes. So, as a supplement to your child’s supplements, GFCF Lunchbox is launching a series highlighting natural food sources of those vitamins and minerals that kids need most. True to our name, foods will be kid-friendly, simple to find, and of course, GFCF.

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November 14, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein: Applegate Farms Turkey Hot Dog

Protein/Veggie: Shelled edamame

Carbohydrate: Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery Multigrain Bread

Fruit: Clementine slices

November 11, 2011

Product Review: Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter Squeeze Packs

by Misty

Sometimes,  a kid just needs to be a kid. When I was little, my mom would let me choose a sweet treat while we were doing our grocery shopping. I still remember those moments when the candy aisle stretched out like a dream before me; would I choose Chiclets, M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? More often than not, the delectable combination of peanut butter and chocolate won out.

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November 10, 2011

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein: GFCF Chicken Nuggets with ketchup

Veggie: Corn (from frozen)

Carb: Glutino’s Pretzel Sticks

Fruit: Strawberries and blueberries

November 9, 2011

GFCF Chicken Nuggets

by Misty

GFCF Chicken Nuggets and Kettle Chips with homemade honey mustard sauce

There’s something about chicken nuggets that most kids find irresistible. Perhaps because they are the perfect size for little hands, they’re crispy and salty, and they get to dip them in lots of ketchup. Sadly, chicken nuggets are often one of the first things to go when a child begins the gluten-free, casein-free diet. No fast food chain offers a GFCF version and while there are a few brands that offer frozen GFCF chicken nuggets, they are processed and overpriced.

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November 8, 2011

GFCF-Friendly Label Symbols

by Misty

One of the most frequent things parents say about the gluten-free, casein-free diet is how difficult it is to implement. Everything on the store shelves becomes suspect until a flurry of internet research confirms which items are GFCF-friendly. This is a process that we at GFCF Lunchbox understand very well. It is our mission to share what we’ve learned and, hopefully, make the road easier for others.

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