Monday, September 12, 2016

5 Allergy Free Lunch Ideas

Another week, another round of "What to pack in the lunch box?".  Anyone else have a tough time with this? 

One of the tougher parts of my lunch box packing is that I have children with food allergies or food sensitivities. Taking that into account each day - as well thinking of the sweet children in my kids classrooms that have severe allergies - can make the art of lunch box packing tedious. Trust me, it's an art. 


KEEPING IT REAL
I try to keep lunch as simple as possible since each child has different allergies or classroom restrictions. While I would love to create amazing themed lunches, it's not always the easiest with limitations. Label checking has become a habit I don't even think of any more, and I've been super lucky that over the last few years more brands are becoming allergy conscious. I've stumbled upon, or been introduced to a few yummy kid-free options that help make allergy free lunches an easier part of my school prep. 



You can read about some of my easy allergy free lunch ideas on Savvy Sassy Moms HERE.


PIN-WORTHY
Aside from my own easy ideas, we've found some other fabulous suggestions.  We did the research and created a fun allergy free lunch idea board on Pinterest. It's definitely a great resource if you are looking for allergy free lunch or snack suggestions.



ADD IT TO THE SHOPPING LIST
Since all three of my children have presented allergies out of the womb, while nursing I have to eliminate allergens from my diet as well. Over the years both the kids and I have done some major taste testing in regards to allergy free brands. Some are winners in the taste department, and some my taste buds would rather forget coming in contact with. Some of my favorite allergy free brands are: 
  • Enjoy Life - Our favorite brand allergy-free brand to date. Everything we have tried is yummy (seriously, I eat some of these even when I don't have to eliminate allergens from my diet), and they have some amazing lunch box portioned options now. The crunchy cookies, snack bars, and chips are just some of our favorites. 
  • Annie's Homegrown - Probably the most kid friendly of the bunch. We love their fruit snacks, granola bars, and their grahams. 
  • Udi's - Has a ton of great options - especially gluten-free breads that actually taste good!
  • Go Raw - The cookies remind me slightly of a slightly thicker rice cake, but they are yummy! The Ginger Snap flavor is our favorite. 
  • Go Organically - Again, yummy fruit snacks!
  • Lucy's - Makes mostly cookies, but they are tasty. Almost too tasty. ;) 

Do you have a child you have to pack allergy-free for? What are some of your favorite lunch box ideas to pack? 



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