Making lunches can be stressful enough, making lunches for a child with food allergies even more so. When it comes to lunch, most children have two options:
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Lunch From School
For a child with food allergies the safest option is always going to bring lunch from home, but sometimes it isn’t always possible. Miami-Dade Public Schools has a new function in which you can look up the ingredients of a specific school lunch. While it can be time-consuming, it can also be helpful in determining if lunch that day is acceptable for your child.
For Miami-Dade County the website is HERE. There is also an app available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Other cities should have similar functions on their school websites.
Children who have diagnosed Celiac Disease should also file a 504 plan with their school. More information on what this is and how to file one visit the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Unfortunately, upon review of the daily lunches, unless you have prearranged something with your child’s school, a gluten-free lunch is a rarity.
Lunch From Home
Which brings us back to option two. Bring your own lunch. Bringing your own lunch is always going to be the safest option. Luckily there is a wide variety of gluten-free options available to help you make quick and easy school lunches.
Some great items to keep on hand are gluten-free granola bars, chips (most major brands are gluten-free, always read the label), cookies, and the always gluten-free- veggies and fruit. We have created a sample Back to School lunch menu for you. It can be downloaded here:
Another great option to keep on hand for quick lunches on the go are Go-To Picnic. While they are a bit pricey, keeping one or two on hand for those morning you are running late is a great option. They can be found at Target, on Amazon, or on their website. These are also great to have on hand for hurricanes!
Have any tips or tricks for preparing gluten-free lunches? Comment below!