Jenn here. Yasmine asked me to blog today, and we thought back to school lunches would a great topic for me to do this time. *grins*
As many of you know I not only have a number of furbabies in my home, but I also have children. My baby is still in school and lunches are an issue we face yearly, as I know many of you face as well. As I mulled this topic over I realized that on the times my kiddo wants to take her lunch instead of buying that I not only take her dietary issues into consideration, but those of her classmates as well. We have known since she started school that these children have such severe allergies that even the smell of the foods can cause a reaction. Due to this we’ve always kept their issues in mind when picking food that goes to school with her.
My daughter wants to be a chef when she grows up so I get her to help me with picking recipes and also making her lunches. I think this is a great way to get your kids involved in learning to make good and safe food choices for themselves when they grow up. Also, at least for my daughter, it seems to make them more willing to eat the food you send to school with them.
I know it can be hard to find pre-made things for your child’s lunch that are safe for all in the room when faced with such severe allergies. So I have taken to doing research over the years to find options that my kiddo will enjoy that I can make myself. I expanded this research for this post to include some ideas for those who have many more dietary restrictions than we do at this time. I will provide links to some of my favorite sites from my research on this subject.
One of my favorite sites that I found during my research is called Kids With Food Allergies they have a really cool interface for their site. Instead of looking for ingredients you want included in the recipe you can input what items you are looking to exclude from your search. They have a lot of really interesting and yummy sounding recipes on their site including this one that I plan to try soon:
The next three sites are actually blogs that I found where they had collected some really great ideas for gluten free/allergy free lunch box ideas. I liked a lot of the ideas and recipes they have collected together. They all include links to the recipes they use.
Cook It Allergy Free actually has a printable list of ideas.
The Pretty Bee has collected some really great gluten free dairy free ideas for lunches.
Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom has some great lunch and snack ideas for your kids to take and even has information for 504 plans and downloadable teacher letters. These are helpful in many ways and she also has made her post on this printable as well.
There are many more sites out there that have ideas as well. These few sites are just a small taste of what the internet has to offer in the way of help for those of us with children with special dietary needs.
I wish all you parents and kids out there a wonderful school year!