It’s that time of year again! Cue the “OMG, I don’t know what to feed my kids for lunch” panic attacks. We’ve made it through the summer grilling up organic hot dogs on gluten-free buns, making runs to the local taco stand, and hitting up Chipotle if we’re famished, but that’s just not going to fly for school.
The usual back-to-school lunchbox ideas don’t work with special diets, either. So I offer here a gluten-free makeover of an article that crossed my desk recently. Choose organic products and produce to minimize pesticides and herbicides and to avoid GMOs. Bon appetit!
3. Deli turkey roll-ups with mustard dipping sauce
4. Fried rice made with bacon, scrambled egg, organic mixed vegetables, and GF soy sauce
5. GF pasta salad: 1 cup cooked GF pasta, grated carrots, steamed broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes and diced organic salami or pepperoni, with 1 Tbsp organic Italian dressing
6. Gluten-free French toast sticks with maple syrup for dipping
7. Gluten-free waffles spread with Daiya cream cheese and sliced strawberries
Mini chicken-apple sausages
9. Chicken soup made with GF noodles, homemade broth and shredded chicken
Red pepper slices and grape tomatoes
10. Sliced organic hot dogs with BBQ sauce or ketchup for dipping
Blueberries and raspberries
Carrot and cucumber sticks
Organic corn chips or GF crackers
Strawberries and blueberries
12. Crispy bacon strips
Apple slices and sunflower butter
14. Ham roll-ups with honey mustard dipping sauce
GF baked beans in Thermos
I usually keep on hand a few snack things like:
- organic fruit ropes
- Go-Go Squeeze applesauces
- fruit leathers
- beef sticks
- small packages of Justin’s almond butter (for the non-allergic kid whose school has an Eat Nuts Here table)
- homemade GF granola—pumpkin seeds, Enjoy Life chocolate chips, toasted coconut shavings, and raisins. I usually toss one in for snack time.
- I use a stainless steel Thermos containers for hot lunches.
- Applegate Farms has organic deli meats, sausage and pepperoni.
- Always buy organic corn products.
- My boys like Organicville Tangy BBQ sauce
- Udi’s breads and bagels, and many of Glutino’s products are non-GMO. Please check with the company to verify which products.
- For some grain-free paleo options, check out The Paleo Mama and Nom Nom Paleo.
Zorro is a California mom with point to make about autism: It has biological underpinnings and it’s treatable. Kids can improve and some can recover when their medical issues and nutritional deficiencies are corrected. Mom to three boys with issues, including anxiety, autism (her son has recovered!!) ADHD, epilepsy, dyslexia, and mild attachment disorder, Zorro spends her days looking for solutions, geeking out over neurobiology, juggling schedules, trying to feed picky kids with a billion food allergies, and keeping up with celebrity gossip. She blogs at www.RecoveryRd.wordpress.com.