15 Healthy, Gluten-Free Lunchbox Ideas


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!









1. Sunflower butter and bananas drizzled with honey on GF bread 
GF pretzels 

2. GF bagel with Daiya cream cheese  and organic ham slicesDaiya+cream+cheese+style+spread
Fruit kebob — strawberries, pineapple, grapes, and melon on skewers
GF graham crackers

3. Deli turkey roll-ups with mustard dipping sauce
Orange wedges
GF crackers

4. Fried rice made with bacon, scrambled egg, organic mixed vegetables, and GF soy sauce 
Fruit leather

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
Diced Cantaloupe

6. Gluten-free French toast sticks with maple syrup for dipping
Hard-boiled egg

7. Gluten-free waffles spread with Daiya cream cheese and sliced strawberries
Mini chicken-apple sausages
Carrot sticks

8. Leftover chili
Organic corn chips with salsa for dipping
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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
Plantain chips 
Blueberries and raspberries

11. Hummus
Carrot and cucumber sticks
Organic corn chips or GF crackers
Strawberries and blueberries

12. Crispy bacon strips
Apple slices and sunflower butter
GF pretzels

13. Roasted chicken drumstick
GF pumpkin muffin with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips 
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14. Ham roll-ups with honey mustard dipping sauce
GF baked beans in Thermos

15. Turkey-zucchini poppers with salsa dipping sauce
Spicy Plantain chips 


I usually keep on hand a few snack things like:


Additional Notes:

~ Zorro

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.

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2 Responses to 15 Healthy, Gluten-Free Lunchbox Ideas

  1. Pingback: 15 Healthy, Gluten-Free Lunchbox Ideas | Recovery Road

  2. Lisa says:

    Great ideas!
    I love Paleo Mama and Nom Nom Paleo!
    I’ve also been having fun experimenting with my picky-eater using recipes from The Paleo Parents book “Eat Like A Dinosaur”.

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