It’s September now… the beginnings of autumn. Our kids head back to school on Tuesday. It’s time for our little ones to adjust back to routines and left-brain thinking. And time for us parents to plan and help pack their lunches,
It’s true that some kids are satisfied with the old standby of a sandwich and a piece of fruit; but for most kids, variety means that they will actually eat the food you send with them, and they will have enough energy to make it through the day.
Growing children need a balance of healthy fats, energizing carbohydrates, and growth supporting proteins. With that in mind, here are 24 gluten free snack and lunch ideas to help you and your kiddos transition back into school.
Dried fruits and seeds (and nuts if permitted)
Veggie or fruit kabobs — because everything is better on a stick!
Apple slices tossed with a pinch of cinnamon and cane sugar or maple syrup
Homemade granola bars (15 Minute Gluten Free Granola Bars)
Homemade fruit leathers or dehydrated fruits
Protein packed, low-sugar muffins (Fermented Oatmeal Muffins)
Homemade or packaged Greek yogurt cups — think protein!
GF rice crackers and cheese slices
Purchased or homemade apple sauce
Meat, cheese, and pickle kabobs
Baked sausage with ketchup or mustard to dip
Homemade or purchased GF sushi rolls with GF soy sauce to dip
Purchased or homemade GF mini pizzas or pizza slices
Cheese quesadillas with corn tortillas
Leftovers for Lunch
Chicken and broccoli kabobs
Homemade or purchased GF meatballs and marinara sauce
Soup, chili, stew, or GF mac-n-cheese in a thermos
Rice paper wraps filled with pulled pork or taco meat and veggies
Breakfast for Lunch
Protein filled pancake or waffle strips with yogurt to dip
Mini egg frittata cups
Hard-boiled eggs with a dusting of S and P
Oatmeal in a thermos
Granola with a carafe of milk
What is in your kiddo’s lunchbox?