Gluten free bread. Lunch meat and cheese. An apple, maybe some chips oh and don’t forget that sweet treat to finish it off. Sound familiar?
Many people find themselves eating the same lunch foods on a regular basis, but why? While you may be fully open to new ideas, sometimes you just can’t muster up the creativity to build a filling and satisfying lunch that you’ll be sure to enjoy.
Another problem? If you have kids who are also dealing with gluten intolerance, you not only have to get creative for yourself but even more so for your little ones.
Have no fear, Rudi’s is here! We’ve put our crafty hats on and racked our brains to think of a variety of gluten free lunch options that can not only be packed for kids but packed for work as well. Here are some tips, tricks and fresh ideas to keep your lunches fun and filling.
- First thing’s first, make sure you get your kids involved in the lunch-packing process! Lay out a few healthy options on the counter and let them pick which ones they want in their lunch box. Doing this will assure you they’re eating well and they’ll be happy knowing they made the choice!
- Try using pre-divided containers such as Bento Lunch Boxes or Ziploc Divided Containers for both you and your kiddos. Existing dividers make it easy to pack the proper portion sizes and ensure that you’ll include a variety of foods for your brown bag lunch.
- Similar to having your kids pick out their lunch choices, make a list of salad mix-ins that you have on hand. Things like frozen corn, peas, zucchini, carrots, leftover chicken, etc. can all be included. Have your kids or your spouse pick out 5 or 6 items and throw them all into a big container with a variety of greens. It’s just like the “create your own” at your local salad joint, except you’ll save on cash!
- Think beyond one main item and a side (sandwich and chips). It’s perfectly fine to combine a few smaller item foods to make up your complete meal!
Lunch Ideas (for kids and adults too!)
- Deviled eggs, turkey roll ups with cream cheese and rice cakes
- Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of nut butter, crackers and an apple
- Cold grain salads – mix cooked quinoa, millet or rice with your favorite toppings such as dried fruit, nuts, and any protein you have on hand (like chicken, sliced turkey or tofu)
- Spice up your sandwich! For kids, cut them into fun shapes and for adults, substitute a sandwich flat or bagel in place of the bread. The subtle difference will trick your mind into thinking this is a brand new lunch item!
- Leftovers always make a great lunch. Plan to cook extra food for a few dinners and you’ll have simple lunches that are ready to go!
- Pasta salads using your favorite ingredients make a great lunch for both kids and adults, especially because they don’t need to be heated.
- Make your own lunchable (yes, this works for adults too!) Pack crackers, slices of turkey or ham, string cheese and apple or carrot slices to create a complete meal that’s also a lot of fun.
These are just a few ideas but hopefully they’ll spice up your lunch options and add to your traditional routine. For even more ideas visit Gluten Freeville’s 100 Gluten Free School Lunch Ideas or Gluten Free Lunch: To Go! Ideas for What To Pack from Gluten Free Gobsmacked.