Menu Ideas for School Lunches, Quick Dinners, and Sports Snacks by Danna Korn
Danna Korn is the author of “Living Gluten- Free for Dummies,” “Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies,” “Wheat-Free, Worry-Free: The Art of Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Living,” and “Kids with Celiac Disease: A Family Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy Gluten-Free Children.” She is respected as one of the leading authorities on the gluten-free diet and the medical conditions that benefit from it.View all articles by Danna Korn
The key to gluten-free cooking is simple: take a little bit of homework on your part, a dash of extra effort, and dump in a whole lot of creativity - voila! You're a gluten-free gourmet! But some of the greatest culinary challenges are for those meals-on-the-run, which seem to be the most common kind sometimes. Kids with Celiac Disease has extensive menu suggestions for all meals and snacks, but the following is a short excerpt of on-the-go snack ideas:
- There are many flavors of gluten-free chips available at grocery stores!
- string cheese
- Taquitos, quesadillas, tacos, tamales (made with corn tortillas - they travel well)
- Corn Nuts
- Raisins and other dried fruit
- There is a gluten-free cereal available at many grocery stores or health food markets thats just like Chex--make the mix as you would Chex mix.
- Cheese cubes with toothpicks in them and rice crackers
- Fruit rolls
- Lettuce wrapped around ham, cheese, turkey, or roast beef
- Rice cakes (check with the manufacturer; not all are gluten-free)
- Hard-boiled eggs or deviled eggs
- Apples dipped in caramel or peanut butter (if youre sending apples in a lunchbox, remember to pour lemon juice over the slices; that will keep them from turning brown)
- Individually packaged pudding
- Fruit cups (individually packaged cups are great for lunchboxes)
- Fruit snacks (like Farleys brand)
- High-protein bars (e.g., Tigers Milk, GeniSoy)
peanuts, M&Ms, dried fruit, chocolate chips, and other
trail mix items for a great on-the-go snack.
- Beware of commercial trail mixes--they often roll their date pieces in oat flour.
- Combine peanuts, M&Ms, dried fruit, chocolate chips, and other trail mix items for a great on-the-go snack.
- The occasional candy bar or other junk food treat (see the next chapter for information on safe junk food)
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