Archive for ‘GFCF Lunchbox Ideas’

September 28, 2015

GFCF Packaged School Snacks

by Misty

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I’m right there with all the mamas who want a quick, easy snack to send with my kids to school. Our school has a peanut free policy, but fortunately other nuts are okay. Here are the main packaged snacks I send with my kiddos. I’ll also throw in a cutie orange, bag of grapes or an apple, too, because they can have two snacks a day (which seems excessive to me!).

LARABAR (all peanut free flavors)

KIND Bars (these are 100% nut free and gluten/dairy free and found at Target or Costco)

Justin’s Hazelnut Butter Packs

REAL Sticks Turkey Jerky (my kids are obsessed with the Honey Mustard flavor)

NibMor Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate (these are a special treat)

What packaged GFCF snacks do you send to school with your kiddos? New ideas would be GREAT, so leave a note in the comments!

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December 3, 2014

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

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For 3 years, I have given my daughter a veggie in her lunch nearly every day. And now, in 2nd grade, she requests salad in her lunch routinely. As a parent, pretty much nothing could make me happier than my kids asking for leafy greens! We are a testament that it can be done – your children can actually enjoy veggies, but patience and persistence are key. I don’t do guilt about what she eats or doesn’t eat from her lunchbox, I simply put the options in and over time she has really gravitated towards them on her own. The other thing I don’t do is hide veggies in adorable muffins, etc. I DO make breakfast muffins routinely, but my kids know they’re filled with carrots and zucchini, etc. In the lunchbox, I put fresh veggies that look like vegetables. After all, this is the healthiest way to consume them. Good luck to those beginning this journey. Know that your passion and gentle persistence to feed your children a cleaner than standard diet will pay off – sooner rather than later!

Protein: Applegate Farms Turkey Hot Dogs 

Salad: Mixed greens with walnuts and dried blueberries w/ Organicville Non-Dairy Ranch Dressing on the side

Carb: Late July Organics Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

Drink: Water

November 17, 2014

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

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Wrap: Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Tortilla with Applegate Smoked Turkey, Lettuce and Wholly Guacamole

Veggie: Steamed broccoli

Fruit: Cutie orange

This is my daughter’s favorite lunch. She requests it at least twice a week. I lightly toast the tortilla in a skillet to soften it before assembling. I buy the tortillas and guacamole at Costco and get the smoked turkey at the Target deli case – so happy to buy it fresh!

November 6, 2014

GFCF Pizza

by Misty

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If there’s one thing you have to learn very quickly as a new GFCF parent, it’s how to make the perennial kid-favorite: pizza. Let me save you the time from trying every crust and “cheese” on the market, because we’ve tried them all and can confirm we’re working with the most pizza-like ingredients out there. Every time we’ve deviated to something new, we’ve regretted it, so until something comes along that knocks my family’s socks off, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing in the pizza department!

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November 4, 2014

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

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Sandwich: Canyon House Gluten Free Bakery 7 Grain Bread, Applegate Farms smoked turkey, Wholly Guacamole, lettuce.

Fruit: Cutie orange

Veggie: Baby carrots

Dipping Sauce: Organicville Non-Dairy Ranch Dressing

October 28, 2014

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

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Sometimes, a kid just needs to be a kid. While my daughter took leftover salmon cakes, carrots, guacamole and oranges to school, my son just wasn’t feeling it today. And you know, sometimes it’s okay to let a 5-year old boy decide for himself. BUT, there’s no reason a kid-friendly lunch can’t also be a mom-approved lunch! Here’s how we did it:  

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October 22, 2014

GFCF (& Nut Free!) Granola Bars

by Misty

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Remember how I was whining about the nut-free snack rule at my kids’ school a few days ago? Well, I have just the recipe to solve that problem, and it meets my biggest criteria for snack time: gluten free, casein free, high protein, energy building. This recipe uses seeds instead of nuts, which is fine by me because seeds are PACKED with nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, omega 3’s, fiber and tons more. There’s a touch of sweetness to win the hearts of children everywhere, but not so much to make a mother cringe. A major bonus is that these bars are simple to make and can be endlessly modified to suit your family’s tastebuds.  

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May 19, 2014

GFCF Trail Mix Cookies

by Misty

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Two of my kids’ favorite treats are trail mix and cookies, so they obviously think Trail Mix Lunchbox Cookies are the best thing ever. With nuts, dried fruit and chocolate chips, what’s not to love? These are in our breakfast rotation once a week, with leftovers usually finding their way into the lunchbox the next day.  

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September 7, 2012

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein: Applegate Farms GFCF Smoked Turkey “kebabs”

Veggie: Fresh cucumber slices

Protein: Roasted cashews

Nutritious Treat: So Delicious Strawberry Banana Coconut Yogurt (great source of calcium!)

September 5, 2012

GFCF Lunchbox Idea

by Misty

Protein: Applegate Farms Chicken Hot Dogs w/GF ketchup

Veggie: Sugar Snap Peas (from frozen)

Fruit: Strawberries

Carb/Treat: Granola bites (homemade with Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats)