These 10 Allergy-Friendly School Lunches are all nut, dairy and gluten-free! 2 weeks worth of school lunch ideas! Great if your child has food allergies or if your school has food restrictions.
Having to pack school lunches e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y for your kids is hard enough, then when you add on food restrictions from allergies or from school rules, it’s easy to see how packing lunches has become the dreaded chore that no one wants to do.
This year, one of my daughters is going to a nut-free school while at the same time my family is currently eliminating diary and gluten to see if that has any effect on my daughter and husband’s eczema (fyi - the elimination is totally working! yay!). This means that I now have to pack nut, gluten and dairy free school lunches for both of my girls.
While my family doesn’t have any true food allergies, I now totally get how limiting, isolating and worrisome it must be for families with true food allergies. My hat goes off to all of you that have to work so hard to keep your kids safe while also keeping their bullies full.
So over the last 3 months, I have used my girls as non-paid test subjects.
I mean, I pay them in food, so I am pretty sure it works out in their favor:)
I have being experimenting on making allergy-friendly lunches that 1) they find tastes great 2) keeps them full until after school pickup 3) are filled with healthy and wholesome foods 4) are similar to the foods served at their schools so they don’t feel left out on pizza day.
The 10 lunches below are their clear winners!
These are the lunches that they ask for on repeat (okay, the bagel pizza they ask for everyday;)
We now have variations of these 10 lunches on repeat. Which makes packing school lunches somewhat tolerable again!
Why You Will Love These Allergy-Friendly School Lunches:
nutrient dense with lots of real foods
easy to make - 10 minutes or less
similar foods (pizza, chicken nuggets, etc) as what they serve at school
variety of foods
easy to adjust based on what foods you have aversions towards
I want to know, what does your kid like to eat in their Allergy-Friendly lunch box? Let me know below in the comments!
Lunch on Left - bagel pizza with pepperoni and olives on gluten-free bagel using dairy-free cheese, snapeas, carrot sticks with dairy-free ranch, blueberries and blackberries and dye-free vegan candy (UNREAL is one of our favorite brands).
Lunch of Right - Avocado Chicken Salad (mix together some pre-cooked shredded chicken with a tablespoon of vegan mayo, a couple tablespoons of smashed avocado, pinch of salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime juice) served with gluten-free crackers (could also make into a sandwich with gluten-free bread), raspberries, carrot sticks and dye-free vegan candy.
Lunch on Left - gluten-free pasta with a meat sauce (my kids eat cold pasta for lunch but you can use this bento lunch box if yours prefer theirs warm), baby zucchini sticks with dairy-free ranch, pear slices (place face down or squeeze a little lemon juice on them to keep them from browning), Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins and vitamins (2 Vitamin C gummies and a fish oil gummy) for dessert. Christina over at Dessert for Two started adding her daughters vitamins to her school lunch and I thought that was a brilliant idea, especially when they are the gummy kind of vitamins. My kids actually think they are treats.
Lunch on Right - bean and corn quesadilla on corn tortillas with a side of smashed avocado (we get ours pre-made from Trader Joes and it is not spicy at all), cut grapes, pepper strips, broccoli and cauliflower pieces with dairy-free ranch and allergy friendly chocolate chips (this is our favorite brand).
Lunch on Left - bean and diary-free cheese nachos with smashed avocado, kiwi slices, mini pepper slices, fruit salad and dye-free vegan candy. To make the nachos, I microwave the nachos until the cheese is melted (or as melted as it will get for diary-free cheese), let them cool completely for packing in bento box. My daughter told me they were still crunchy at lunch time.
Lunche on Right - gluten and dairy-free chicken nuggets (this is our favorite brand, not pictured here), apple slices, green beans (served raw or slightly blanched), cuties and allergy-friendly chocolate chips.
Lunch on Left - grilled chicken with bbq sauce, kettle chips, snap peas, cut strawberries and dried apricot.
Lunch of Right - coconut milk yogurt with a dollop of apple cinnamon jam (got the jam from Trader Joes and it is ridiculously amazing), nut and gluten-free granola (homemade or store-bought, this is a great store bought option), cut melon, bacon, blueberries and gummies for dessert (Vitamin C and Fish Oil, I also usually will add in an Elderberry gummy but I was out this week).
Lunch on the Left - allergy-friendly lunchables - diary-free cheese, turkey roll-ups, pepperoni slices and gluten-free crackers (my kids love this or this brand of crackers). Served with cucumber slices, cutie slices, popcorn and dye free vegan candy.
Lunch on the Right - diary-free cream cheese and jam pancake sandwiches made with frozen dairy-free and gluten-free pancakes, carrot coins, hard boiled egg, pear chunks with pomegranate seeds and a piece of dark chocolate.
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