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#1 Guest_jennwillard_*

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Posted 31 December 2003 - 08:38 AM

:rolleyes: Hi all! Does anyone have any ideas for lunch box lunches for my daughter to take to school? I think she's getting burned out on rolled meats & hard-boiled eggs!!! :blink: She is 6 and has been diagnosed & gluten-free for over a year now and is doing excellent on the diet - it's easy with every single female in our family (except her two sisters, so far) having celiac disease. She doesn't mind not being able to buy lunches at school and understands that she needs to be careful with what she eats - and her teachers are great about calling me ahead to check things or have me send in gluten-free foods/snacks. It's just that there are some days when her lunchbox comes home barely touched and I'm not sure what else to try sending for her. ANY ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks - Jenn Willard
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Posted 31 December 2003 - 09:42 AM

hmm.... I'm not 6, but I do pack a lunch to work, so I thought I'd add what I do sometimes...

rice cakes with peanut butter (well, I use almond butter, but that's me) - Lundberg farms has sooo many good rice cakes

tuna salad - tuna (gluten-free, of course) with sour cream and yogurt (instead of mayo, 'cause I can't stand the stuff), chopped red onion, chopped tomato, and I add shopped spinach and pepper.

leftovers! turkey-rice soup (homemade, but easy with leftovers and imagine brand chicken broth), chili (homemade's easy), corn enchiladas, etc.

muffins! (the soy muffin recipe on the back of Bob's Red Mill Soy Flour is hearty enough for lunch, if I have two of them, with the rest of my fruits and veggies)

I also take a bunch of fruits and veggies (and sometimes cheese to balance it out as I can run somewhat hypoglycemic, symptom wise (I test out fine)) so, pears, apples, oranges, berries, bell pepper, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes (eaten straight - messy, but tasty), cucumber, zucchini, etc.
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Posted 31 December 2003 - 10:03 AM

I substitute taugh last semester, and for my lunches at school. I usually did hillshire farms lunchmeat and cheese rollups. Sometimes used lettuce as a "bread" and made a sandwich.
Toon snacks by poore brothers are yummy(like a goldfish cracker but made from potato).

Corn chips are good. Lays brand chips are not bad, I have not had problems with cross contamination. Doritoes are good (except for nacho cheese).

I take jello cups with fruit in them. Handi snacks pudding cups are gluten free.

Fresh fruits and veggies are awesome with some ranch dip.

Salsa and corn chips.

Amy's Frozen dinners are awesome if they would warm one up for your daughter. They have cheese enchiladas to die for!!

Of course for desserts I always make extra when I cook and throw a couple servings in the freezer for lunches and snacks. Snack size M&M's might be fun for her also (just not the crispy ones).

Like someone else mentioned Leftovers are awesome if somebody would help her warm up her foods. Thermoses can also keep soups hot for long periods of time. I have also heard of putting hot dogs in them to keep them warm(gluten-free of course).

Good Luck!!
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 07:58 AM

hi there, i have a 5 year old with celiacs and lunch sometimes can be tricky but since i found the Gluten Free Pantry bread mix she will eat peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese although that you cant take to school but even bologna and cheese (we use Applegate farms bologna that has no nitrates or preservatives) Also Amys Rice mac and cheese if you get one of those thermoses sorry for the spelling, Yogurt is good to we find that stonyfield even the strawberry or the vanilla are good and gluten-free . Hope this helps some too. Also cut up chicken breasts are good too :D .
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 08:44 AM

I have a 5 year old who is in Kindergarten so I don't have daily lunches to pack yet, but wanted to offer some suggestions.

Yogurt
apple slices
apple slices with peanut butter-I buy containers that hold about what she will eat and put the peanut butter on the apples, or cut up apples and send a small container with peanut butter with a plastic knife
peanut butter and jelly on brown rice bread-again use container to help hold bread together
Taquitos-made with corn tortillas, cheese and maybe chicken wrapped in foil and packed in a stay warm container
Homemade soup in a thermos
homemade pizza-wrapped in foil and stay warm container
nuts and raisins
gluten-free cereal mix-I use up small amounts of cereals and mix with raisins or nuts

Can't think of any more...but I'll have to soon when she starts 1st grade! ;)

Hope this helps some!
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 09:10 AM

Hi!

My son is 8 and was diagnosed 2 years ago. I was diagnosed with celiac as a baby. I don't know if your daughter is an adventurous eater, but my son is. So, his lunch box could contain any of the following:

homemade sushi (his favourite includes cucumber and smoked salmon)
homemade salad rolls (include rice vermicelli and leftover meat/veggies)
smoked salmon rolled around a small peice of cream cheese
tuna salad with celery sticks for scooping
cream cheese dip (one savoury, one sweet) with fruits and veggies for dipping
pea-nut butter (our school is nut-free) and jelly on bread of tortilla

The list is endless, really! I recently recieved the best gluten-free cookbook as a gift from a good friend. It is loaded with easy to make, wonderful things like Buttermilk Bread, Mock Flour Tortillas (excellent, they get soft in the microwave, and hey, you know you can put anything on a tortilla and call it lunch!) and loads more. A definate must-have in any celiac home:

The Incredible Edible Gluten-Free Food for Kids, by Sheri L. Sanderson
ISBN 1-890627-28-3

Good luck, and happy eating!

Patricia :rolleyes:
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#7 Dewlanna

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 10:23 AM

It's just that there are some days when her lunchbox comes home barely touched
This isn't uncommon among 6 year olds in general :)
Lunch is often a social time at school and eating is a secondary concern.
As long as she leaves the house with a good breakfast and has a nutritious snack waiting for her after school, don't worry too much.

Sometimes more of lunch will be eaten if the child helps make it. You might find she has some odd (to grownups) ideas of what to put in the lunch box, but she might actually eat more of it.

I see lots of good suggestions here, have your daughter take a look and see what she thinks would be fun to eat.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 06:45 AM

My 6 year old likes crackers (rice-the oriental ones) and cheese. I always feel bad about not having something more hardy, but she gets plenty to eat, and doesn't mind. I usually have fruit and some cucumber slices-she loves them.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 02:01 PM

My 8 year old daughter is a picky one too (does not eat veggies AT ALL), she has always been that way it's just worse now that she is gluten-free.

Here are some things that she will eat:

Plain white rice (I send it in a small thermous and her teacher warms it for her)
Chopped up hambuger meat or chicken (" ")
apple slices
gluten-free chips, she likes sour cream and onion or B'bque OR popcorn
bottled water
and a fruit roll up.

If I make homemade cookies I will send those too.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 04:51 PM

Hi everyone, I just wanted to say thanks for all the great ideas. I have three kids, 2 in school and one starting next year. They are all three most like Celiacs and after we get finished testing them they will start a gluten-free diet (if needed). I was finally diagnosed with celiac disease last Nov. 10th (2003). I have found that my children have always been picky eaters and have always sent a boxed lunch, so it doesn't seem like it would be hard to substitute gluten-free choices. But their main protein source has always been turkey jerky, which I don't really think is all that healthy when you eat it 5 days a week! But I am worried about what to give them when the jerky is off limits due to the added soy sauce? The rest of their lunch is easy to take care of. They are just so darn picky.
Can you just list as many protein sources as possible. Oh, and they might also be sensitive to dairy, as I am, but we'll have to see.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 06:17 PM

I purchased the" Incredible Edible Gluten Free Food For Kids". I was so excited when it came in the mail. I am now disapointed in the book to say the least. I would like to know who proof read it before it was published. I have only tried about 6 of the recipies so far . Four of them have errors. For example, In the directions it would say to add gelatin, in the ingredients list it does not have any gelatin. I found many of these errors so make sure to read the recipie well so you don't waste your time and ingreients like I have.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for the heads up. I just recently got that book, but haven't tried any of the recipes. I will keep a close eye on it when I do.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 08:31 PM

I have the same book and found the same problem with a few of the recipes! I kept re-reading the list thinking I was missing something until I realized -- I don't think anyone proof read that book, and I don't even like most of the stuff in there. I found Bette Hagmans? light and easy book had much more of the foods we eat in it. I haven't been able to find a decent one for pizza dough and have tried sooo many. My once big enough kitchen seem to have shrunk since going gluten-free and being taken over by small, expensive appliances and cookbooks, so I now try to borrow the books from the library and just copy the recipes I like and put them into a binder, works well and saves $$ so I can now spend it in the healthfood store instead!
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Posted 03 January 2004 - 07:28 AM

Have you tried any of the pizza crust recipes in Bette Hagman's The gluten-free gourmet bakes bread ?
Lots of great recipes in this book.
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Posted 03 January 2004 - 07:40 PM

Dear Jen, I'm so unbelievably happy to see you in print. Haven't seen your posts for such a long time. ( I haven't been on very often) But have been searching for you. Hope you are well. I see you've had so many wonderful answers to your question, that I'll only add one more thing. As you know, my grandson, now in the 3rd. grade has celiac disease. He also doesn't eat too well at lunch time. (If you saw and heard his lunchroom, you wouldn't wonder why!!) LOUD and not enough workers overseeing the lower grades to see that they actually eat!! My daughter always has a long lalk with his teacher and they have always kept his snacks in a cubby or shoebox in his room. He has never been denied a snack when he feels the need! (She explains the malabsorbtion aspect.) That way, he doesn't get as fatigued. My best to you and your family and Happy New Year!! :D
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