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Posted on 09/11/2017 in Gluten Free Blogs

7 Great Back to School Gluten Free Lunch Box Ideas

7 Great Back to School Gluten Free Lunch Box Ideas

Summer time is over and the kids are officially back to school! Early alarm clocks, evening homework, washing and ironing uniforms, packing school bags and gym gear – the school routine is back in full flight. Perhaps the most difficult re-adjustment is getting used to making school lunches again every evening, especially if your child requires a special diet.

If your child is coeliac or gluten intolerant and you need to pack gluten free lunches, we’ve put together a host of great gluten free lunch box ideas to help planning and preparation that little bit easier.

  • Rice Cakes and Cream Cheese

Kids love cream cheese and when paired with rice cakes, this combination simply makes for the perfect snack. Staple items for any gluten free lunchbox.

  • Quinoa Bread

There are lots of great recipes available online for quinoa bread and once you have a loaf baked, you’re ready to make up some sandwiches for the week. Create an open sandwich with options for your child to dip or spread some hummus or cream cheese and add ham pieces and veg if they wish.

  • Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Always a welcome treat in any kid’s lunchbox, even those with little baking skills can easily whip together a batch of gluten free blueberry muffins – perfect for lunchboxes as well as tasty treats for the rest of the family.

  • Granola Bars

If you’re struggling to get your child to eat nuts, seeds or dried fruits, back them into a homemade granola bar and they’ll never say no. If you don’t have time to make granola bars yourself, there are some really tasty gluten free brands of granola bars available off the shelf in most good supermarkets. However, granola bars should be included as the “lunchbox treat”. Balance out with appropriate portions of dairy, fruit and veg.

  • Cheese Sticks

Adding a portion of chopped up cheese sticks is the easiest way to include a dairy portion in your child’s lunchbox and they can be enjoyed both on their own or with a dip. Include some oat cakes too or a hummus dip.

  • Lettuce Wraps

Create your own fun gluten free alternative wrap by wrapping up your child’s favourite meat and veg pieces such as bacon and tomato, ham and cheese, chicken and coleslaw etc. in large leaves of iceberg lettuce.

  • Mini gluten free pancakes

Making pancakes is effortless and takes a matter of minutes. Use a gluten free pancake mix and cut up into mini pancakes. Add to your child’s lunchbox with a side of jam, nut butter or syrup that they can dip into or spread across their pancakes. Pancakes are pretty filling so a side of fruit and veg and a handful of nuts is enough to complete the lunchbox.

There you have it – 7 great gluten free lunch box ideas that any child will approve of!

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