Back to School
It’s that time of year again. Early morning alarm clocks, the rush out the door, and then the quite after the storm. Back to school time can be rough, but even more so when you have to worry about a gluten free lunch for your little one, or for yourself.
There is good news though! There are so many products that make taking a gluten free lunch to school quick and easy! I whipped up all 5 of these lunches in under 15 minutes (and it would be faster if you were not stopping to take pictures!)Get out of the school lunch rut with these 5 #glutenfree school lunches! Click To Tweet
One of my favorite way to make things a bit easier is to use a combination of prepackaged gluten free products and fresh fruits and vegetables. Last year I made a handy printout with lots of ideas (which you can get in my Back to School Lunches Post HERE!), this year I thought it would be nice to give you a few examples.
Now, I didn’t go out and buy anything special for this post, because let’s face it. You don’t have time to go out and by anything special and neither do I. Everything I used can be found in your local grocery store.
5 Gluten Free School Lunches
When it comes to lunch you want a nice variety of protein, whole grains, and veggies that will keep your child going throughout the day. Hopefully these ideas will give you a great start to packing gluten free school lunches this year!
I have a little girl who loves Octopuses. She walks around saying “Octopus!” and waving her arms, so she was thrilled with these hot dog octopus. They were so simple to make. Just a few little cuts and voila! The Toufayan pita chips are a family favorite! I also included a yogurt pouch, some broccoli and an Enjoy Life Rice Milk Chocolate Bar. Plenty here for lunch and snack time!
Hummus with Frontier Bites and I Hear Keenwah Puffs
I love individual sized snacks like these Frontier Bites and Hummus, but if I can’t get a snack in an individual size, then I use my Allermates reusable bags. I won a lunch box set during MI Gluten Free Gal’s Celiac Disease Awareness Month contest and I love it. There will be no accidentally eating my I Heart Keenwah Puffs when they are in my reusable Allermates snack bag. I added a bit of broccoli and some crackers to make it a complete lunch.
Confession time- up until the time I was diagnosed with Celiac I loved Lunchable Pizza’s. I know they are awful for you, so much sodium and who knows what that bread was, but for some reason I loved them. I recently discovered that if you toast a Glutino English Muffin, add some pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, it is amazing! Plus it is perfect for a school lunch. I used one of my reusable squeeze pouches for the pizza sauce (You can find them HERE). For snacks I added a package of Goodie Girl Chocolate Chip Cookies (LOVE their Go-Bags!) and some apple slices.
Gluten Free Pita Bread Sandwich
It’s not back to school if you don’t have at least one sandwich. BFree bread has a new gluten free pita bread that is amazing! I added some First Fresh Chicken Sausage and it was delicious. Some Frontier Bites for a wholesome snack, a cheese stick, mini no bake cheesecake (recipe coming next week!) and a tangerine make it a complete lunch.
Cheese with Gluten Free Multi Grain Crackers
As a kid I loved having cheese and crackers for lunch. I was never a huge sandwich fan, so it was a meal I had often. I packed this with nut free trail mix from Enjoy Life, and applesauce pouch and a Goodie Girl Cookies go pack. Both the Enjoy Life Trail Mix and the Goodie Girl Cookies are nut free, which is so important in many classrooms. These are great snacks because they are tasty, without the worry of allergens.
I find snacks to be a very important part of gluten free lunches. Some of my current favorite snacks are pictured below. Some are healthier than others, but they will all give you that little push you need to make it through the day!
Hopefully these gluten free school lunches give you some fun ideas and help you think outside the box a bit when it comes to preparing lunch for your kiddo. What’s your favorite gluten free lunch? Let us know in the comments!
Happy Gluten Free Eating!
Being Gluten Free on the Road can be tricky, when preparing for your summer road trip, be sure to follow these tips!Products in this post were donated by Van’s. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
Summer has Arrived!
Summer has arrived and you know what that means- Road Trip! There is nothing as fun as hitting the road and discovering new places. When I was little my grandparents would take my brother and I with them in their motor home every summer. It was always so much fun. As an adult I took a trip with my best friend and her three little boys to Ohio and that was quite the adventure! Nothing like 3 boys under 6 and a long drive!
Hurricane Season is upon us, be sure you have done your Gluten Free Hurricane Preparation! This post contains affiliate links. Purchases made through them support this blog at no cost to you. Thank you!
If you have ever lived through a hurricane you know how life changing it can be. One hurricane can cause massive flooding and destruction, if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it is essential that you complete your Hurricane Preparation before a storm strikes. The last thing you want to do is to be clamoring for water and plywood at the last minute.
These 10 Gluten Free Bloggers are in the know about what is gluten free in their city and the rest of the country!
When I was first diagnosed with Celiac disease I went through all kinds of emotions fear and anger, but mostly confusion. I did not know where to begin. I found most of my help in gluten free bloggers. Articles like, 8 Steps to Easy Gluten Free Grocery Shopping, helped me learn to navigate the ropes, but then it was time to plan a vacation.
I was filled with dread. I could barely navigate the grocery store, how would I figure out a whole new city. My husband and I based our vacations around food. We honeymooned in New Orleans just so we could eat our way around the city. Where would we go that I could eat and not be stressed about it the whole time?
Gluten Free for Life Expo 2016, St. Petersburg, Florida
Gluten Free for Life Expo 2016
The Gluten Free for Life Expo was an amazing experience. When I first planned to attend they were expecting around 500 people. When all was said and done over 1000 people visited the Gluten Free for Life Expo. It was a bit overwhelming, but it was a lot of fun.
The Gluten-Free for Life Expo takes place on Saturday, March 26 from 11-4. Tickets can be purchased for $10.00!
The 5th Annual Gluten-Free Expo
If you live in Florida, you do not want to miss the 5th annual Gluten-Free for Life Expo in St. Petersburg, Florida. This one day event will take place on March 26th. The expo is a fun-filled family event designed to provide education and awareness of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. There will be vendors, raffles, face painting for the kids, and great speakers and teachers. This years Expo is shaping up to be an awesome event and I am beyond excited to have a part in it as a blog sponsor! I cannot wait to be in a place where everything is gluten-free and I won’t have to explain what Celiac is 100 times. I love educating people, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to relax (and try samples without worrying!).
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I don’t know about you, but I love getting gifts. It does not have to be a big gift. Little gifts are fine too. When I was teaching, I loved getting all kinds of different gifts during the holidays. Student’s would bring ornaments and all kinds of little things. It was so much fun.
Now that I am out of the teaching game I don’t get as many gifts for Christmas, just a few from my family, but that doesn’t mean I love them any less. Below I have given you just a few things that are on my wish list that I am sure anyone, gluten-free or not, would love! All the items below are not only gluten-free, but are also safe for those with Celiac!
Happy Thanksgiving from My Gluten-Free Miami
Enjoy a few tips for a successful gluten-free Thanksgiving! Follow @glutenfreemiami on twitter and @myglutenfreemiami on instagram for more tips and tricks! Need help grocery shopping? Sign up for our free Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Cheat Sheet!
I know what you are thinking:
“Who made that amazing pumpkin?”
It was my amazing husband. He is so awesome and so supportive. Remember when he wrote Confessions From the Husband of a Celiac? He is just so great. Having celiac disease is not always easy, but when you have a great support system it definitely helps!
Halloween is now just a few days away, and I know what you are thinking, “Can I eat the candy?” Halloween is about more than little kids dressing up in cute costumes (my daughter is going to be a captain from StarTrek, if you don’t already follow me on Instagram you should, there will be pictures! @myglutenfreemiami) it is about seeing how much candy you can eat without getting sick.