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American Gluten Free Review- Gluten Free Treats Straight to Your Door
This American Gluten Free Goodie Box was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
American Gluten Free Review
I have been following American Gluten Free for a few months on Instagram and always get jealous of all the yummy goodies that I see coming across the feed. Gluten Free mini siracha key chain, yes please (I really wish I had gotten last month’s box that had one of those!). After seeing so many awesome goodies, I knew I had to get an American Gluten Free Box for myself. I was so excited when they offered to send one for Product Review Friday!100% Gluten and Dairy Free goodies, delivered straight to your door! Get your box today! Click To Tweet
American Gluten Free is different from your usual subscription service. In addition to yummy snacks, they also offer a wide variety of full-sized products, along with fun recipes each month! Some months even include cool kitchen gadgets. With every month having a fun theme, you will never be bored trying out gluten free goodies.
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!
Review- Sun Basket- Fresh Organic Meals, Straight to Your Door
The End of Fast Food
I am so over fast food. Given, there isn’t much I can eat from Fast Food Joints, but the few things I can generally are so expensive. For myself, my husband, and my toddler I easily spend $20.00-$30.00. For the same amount I can get a real meal, with fresh organic ingredients delivered to my door.
Sun Basket offers a wide variety of choices (8-12) each week of gluten free, paleo, and vegetarian meals, with allergens clearly listed. All ingredients are organic, with wild caught fish, and grass fed meats. All meals take under 30 minutes to prepare and are nutritionist approved with an average of 500-800 calories per meal. .
The Sun Basket Experience
Sun Basket cares about their impact on the environment. Boxes came with clear instructions on recycling and ingredients such as beans, crushed tomatoes and spices came in these great reusable plastic containers with lids. I saved all of them because they are perfect for using for lunches or making dressings in.
All the ingredients came in a bag labeled for each meal, with meat and fish packaged separately at the bottom of the box, securely placed between ice packs.
The recipes were simple, but the flavors are outstanding. Sun Basket also offers “Customer Favorites” that you can reorder if you love a recipe and want to try it again. There were so many choices, including a breakfast dish.
We chose 3 dishes to try- Salmon with Roasted New Potatoes and Green Beans, Chipotle Chilaquiles with Black Beans, and Pork with Fennel Plum Salad.
This dish was my favorite. The combination of flavors are amazing, with mint, lemon and a drizzle of greek yogurt, I would have no issues eating this meal once a week. I have been craving it ever since I made it. I will be ordering this again.
Chipotle Chilaquiles with Black Beans
My husband chose this dish, and honestly wasn’t even sure I wanted to try it. I am glad I did, it was so good. Tons of flavor, with just the right amount of spicy and so easy. It took about 15 minutes to prepare. For my toddler I just gave her some of the chips, black beans and queso fresco separate because it was a bit too much spice for her.
Pork with Fennel Plum Salad
This dish was toddler and parent approved, without any adjustments. Lots of flavor with a pan sauce, roasted sweet potatoes and plum salad. We all devoured it. I had no idea my child would eat plums, but she loved them. So simple and so much flavor.
Clean up was very simple. Just a few dishes and it was done. Because everything is proportioned, there was not any waste.
Is it Enough Food:
Yes. It is enough food for 2 adults to have decent sized portions and my 20 month old toddler. My husband sometimes would have liked seconds, but next time I will probably have some rice or a big salad available.
Sun Basket uses best practices when preparing ingredients. All allergens are clearly listed. They are not a completely gluten free facility, but are very careful in ingredient preparation and I had no issues or reason to think I would.
Meals cost 11.50 each which is enough for 2 adults and a toddler. I actually tried buying the ingredients to make one of the recipes myself, and it cost me almost the same amount, so I was fairly impressed with the pricing, especially since all the ingredients are organic. For 21.00 a dinner, it is definitely cheaper and healthier than eating out and ready in less time.
I love choosing my meals online and having them sent to my door. It may just be the stage of life I am in (work at home mom, with a toddler, who also is involved in a ton of community activities), but it is great. I also feel confident that my family is eating healthy meals when I use a service such as Sun Basket.