It’s pretty hard to come up with tasty, nutritious school lunches every day – and even harder when the lunches have to be gluten free.
So Uncle Wally’s has compiled a handy list of some of the best gluten-free lunchbox foods.
Go to Uncle Wally’s Facebook page to tell us about your own gluten-free lunchbox ideas (you can also find some great gluten-free recipes there).
NOTE: Always read product labels to make sure every ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.
Gluten-free muffins. Of course, we always start by tossing in one of our scrumptious, individually wrapped Pillsbury™ Gluten Free Ready to Eat Muffins! Pick your child’s favorite: Blueberry or Chocolate Chip.
- Rollups. Gluten-free sandwich meats and sliced cheese both roll up great around a pickle or inside large lettuce leaves.
- Fruits and veggies. Grapes, carrots, apples, snap peas, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and more. Naturally gluten free and packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
- Gluten-free breads. Certified gluten-free bread and tortillas can be a great start for sandwiches and wraps – everything from a simple PB&J to a succulent BLT. Remember to verify that fillings are gluten free.
- Greek yogurts. Tasty, filled with protein and come in convenient individual containers. Flavorings and fillers in some yogurts contain gluten, so check that the brand is certified gluten free.
- Salads. Tuna, chicken, shrimp and other gluten-free protein sources, shredded and mixed with gluten-free mayo, are easy to eat with a fork or spoon. They’re also a great way to work in some chopped carrots, onions, apples and more.
- Incredible eggs. Hard-boiled eggs work great as a finger food or chopped into a salad.
- Hummus. A delicious gluten-free chickpea spread makes a great dip for veggies or a spread for gluten-free bread or crackers.
- Cheese sticks. Individually wrapped, easy to eat, good protein source. ’Nuff said.
- Olives. Black or green olives, pitted, are tasty and a source of healthy fats.
- Popcorn. Make it in your microwave and cool before packing into individual plastic baggies. Make sure any oils or seasonings are gluten free.
And a bonus idea…
12. A sweet note. Putting an encouraging note into a child’s lunchbox is a gluten-free way to say “I love you!”
Pillsbury™ Gluten Free Ready to Eat Muffins, available in Blueberry and Chocolate Chip, are certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization. They are available in the all-natural freezer case at Wegmans Food Markets, Ingles Markets, ShopRite Sup