Archive for ‘Tips & Tricks’

March 18, 2015

GFCF Road Snacks

by Misty

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Spring break is upon us! We’re going on a 2-week road trip tomorrow, so I thought I’d share some of our road food. Road trips can be mind-boggling, especially when you’re new to GFCF.

Some of the fresh foods we’re also taking along are:

Applegate turkey slices and turkey pepperoni


Dill pickles

Holy Guacamole single serve packs


Cutie oranges


Baby carrots

Sliced celery and bell peppers

Almond butter for dipping


A few Zevias for when we’re on hour 10 and need something fizzy (yet not overly detrimental to our health!).

Hope everyone has a great spring break! Let the rest of us know what you take on your road trips – suggestions are always so helpful!

October 31, 2014

Halloween Day Tip!

by Misty


Halloween tip! Fill your kids up with plenty of protein today. My kiddos had scrambled eggs with breakfast, are having fish at lunch and chicken with dinner. Having plenty of protein will help stabilize their blood sugar so the candy they do eat won’t leave them with such a crash.

Would love to hear your Halloween strategies – leave ideas in the comments!

Good luck out there and Happy Halloween!

October 17, 2014

Costco Love

by Misty


I feel like everyone I know is on the Costco bandwagon, but occasionally I meet someone on a gluten-free diet that doesn’t know how AWESOME Costco is. First, let me say that I do not work for/at/with Costco in any way, but that doesn’t stop me from shouting my appreciation from the rooftops. I’m working on my Master’s degree in Nutrition Therapy and even those of us who are deeply concerned with health and wellness bond over the gems we find at Costco. And of course, part of the excitement is the economic value over Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and Sprouts (which I also adore for items I can’t find cheaper at Costco). 

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October 16, 2014

THIS is what water does!

by Misty

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This is such an important reminder to HYDRATE ourselves and our children. Our cells are made up of 70% water, which must be maintained every minute of every day. We need half of our body weight in ounces of water daily, so if your child weighs 50lbs, he/she needs 25 oz of water to maintain healthy cells. The rule is an extra glass for each “vice” like a sugary treat and more if they place sports or are super active. Note to parents: we should be drinking one extra glass of water for each cup of coffee we drink each day, too!

Question: Do you guys have tricks for getting your kids to drink water? If so, leave them for the rest of us in the comments below! (P.S. thanks to MindBodyGreen for the visual!)

January 2, 2013

GFCF Foods We Loved in 2012

by Misty

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Happy 2013, everyone! Since 2012 saw GFCF Lunchbox go soy free in addition to gluten free and casein free, I thought I’d update last year’s list of our favorite GFCF packaged foods. Removing soy from our diets all but eliminated the middle section of the grocery store, but we found a few tried and true items at Whole Foods, Sprouts and (thankfully) Costco. I’ve been able to buy most of our favorite pastas, cereals, flours and candy in bulk online for much cheaper than retail. This is my go-to list for all things GFCFSF that come in a package.  

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January 3, 2012

Our Favorite GFCF Packaged Foods

by Misty

While many people were preparing to party down on New Year’s Eve, GFCF Lunchbox was in the throes of pantry organization. Not glamorous, admittedly, but since our #1 goal for 2012 is an organized life, we thought it best to start a day early. Aside from the embarrassing amount of clutter, we were most struck by the array of GFCF packaged foods that had been opened, tasted, and never touched again. We were horrified to see the money that had been wasted on items that looked great on the cover of the box, but ended up a total disappointment.

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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 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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November 2, 2011

How to Pack a Balanced Box?

by Misty

Over the past several months, I’ve asked many GFCF and non-GFCF parents to categorize the contents of their children’s lunch boxes. A common answer for non-GFCF parents is “a sandwich, a juice box, something crunchy and something sweet.” While kids no doubt love crunchy and sweet, GFCF parents have to think in terms of optimal nutrition when meal planning for our kids. But that doesn’t mean packing a well-balanced lunchbox can’t also be fun. Many GFCF parents are struggling with this, so GFCF Lunchbox is offering you the magic formula.

Drum roll, please…

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November 1, 2011

What About That Juice Box?

by Misty

At our house, juice boxes are held in pretty high regard, mostly because they are so rarely seen. We keep them on hand, not for toting off to school every day, but for a super special treat, a family picnic, or a random day when we feel like our kids need a little spoiling. But for school lunches, we are a strictly water family. Studies show that most children are dehydrated and consume too much sugar, so let’s fuel them up with the number one thing their bodies need: old-fashioned water. Plus, fresh water with ice cubes never involves reading a label for gluten, casein or cross-contamination!

What could be better? A clear conscience. Bringing water to school in a stainless steel bottle eliminates hundreds of disposable cartons, pouches and bottles over the course of a school year.

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