People go gluten-free for a whole host of reasons – whether it be an allergy making this free-from diet a necessity or simply a lifestyle choice.
While we can adapt our own diet towards gluten-free varieties and choose what works for us as an individual, it can be more difficult to help our children adapt to free-from eating.
Even if they are used to it and have eaten gluten-free for as long as they can remember, it’s never easy when other kids are munching on their baguettes and your child feels a little left out.
That’s why we’ve put together some delicious, gluten-free lunch ideas for kids that are as tasty as they are fun, helping your little ones to forget all about feeling different.
For these ideas, we’ve assumed your kids won’t have access to a microwave at school to be able to reheat goodies such as gluten-free pizza. If you’d like a blog about gluten-free lunch ideas with hot options, just let us know!
We’ve also included meat options – but we’d be happy to help with vegetarian and vegan recipes if you need some ideas, so do shout.
Turkey, chicken or ham roll-ups
Cottage cheese with blueberries and a handful of grapes
Carrot and celery sticks with a hummus dip
Gluten-free bread with smoked salmon, cream cheese, cracked black pepper and a dash of lemon juice or gluten-free bread with peanut butter and jam or gluten-free bread with cheddar cheese and pickle – the choices are endless!
Hardboiled egg chopped in half with cherry tomatoes
Tuna mayonnaise with chopped cucumber and lettuce – add a teaspoon of ketchup to the mayonnaise to make it extra delicious
Waldorf-style salad with brown rice, shredded chicken/pork, chopped apples, raisins and celery with a mayonnaise dressing
Handful of Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries
Gluten-free couscous with feta cheese, pomegranate, chopped tomatoes and cucumber and a balsamic vinegar dressing
Handful of dried fruit
It’s all about making eating gluten-free eating both fun and fuss-free and all of these dishes can be mixed and matched to suit your child’s taste.
Turkey, chicken or ham roll-ups taste delicious on their own or when stuffed with cheese, cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes or mixed salad. This is also great way to sneak some added nutrition into your child’s lunchbox.
Adding different fruit and veg, as well as rotating the meat selection in the rice and quinoa salads will also provide variety.
There are many other gluten-free lunch options and some popular kid-friendly lunchbox centrepieces might include chopped up hot dogs, meatballs or gluten-free chicken nuggets. Chicken/pork/beef leftovers are also delicious when mixed up with crunchy veg such as broccoli or peas.
For an accompaniment, add half an avocado (wrap in clingfilm so it doesn’t go bad), a satsuma, orange or apple slices, chopped strawberries or rice cakes with peanut butter. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and a honey dip to apple slices for something extra delicious.
Dips are a fun way for kids to eat almost any healthy snack, so alternate between tzatziki, peanut butter, guacamole, mustard and hummus in their lunchbox and to their taste to keep things interesting.
And don’t forget to add something sweet!
Our Pudology puds and yoghurts are the perfect-sized sweet snack, easy to pop into a lunchbox and a delicious way to round off a kid-friendly, gluten-free-friendly lunch.
With coconut and chocolate flavours included in our range, the other kids will be green with envy!