So, it is November and I think I am starting to get the hang of these school lunches. I am most successful when I get my son involved in choosing his own lunch. Luckily, my son’s school will send back what he doesn’t eat, so I have evidence of what he ate and didn’t (shockingly, the treat is never left behind).
I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest gluten-free products and you will find two in today’s post. Though I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible, I am a busy mommy. Do what you gotta do! At the end of the day, I am just happy that he is eating a healthy lunch without risking a gluten contamination.
Here’s to making lunches!!!
1.Glutino® Pretzel Twists – I am not a huge fan of these pretzels from a nutritional standpoint, but darn do they taste like real gluten-full pretzel twists.
2.My own meatballs in a mini version (check out the recipe here). I omitted the onion and garlic, so they stay together better as a mini meatball, and just rolled mini versions of my recipe. I usually double my meatball recipe (I recently like to use 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of ground pork) and freeze half. I always roll a bunch of mini versions for my son’s lunch. If frozen, I thaw overnight in the fridge. I am not one of those crazy bento-moms making animal shaped, themed, lunches. However, I found these cute animal picks on Amazon. They are kid friendly, short and not pointy (won’t freak out the teachers).
3.Organic baby kale. My son loves raw kale. I know, I am lucky.
4.Pamela’s® Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies. I am a big fan of Pamela’s® products. They taste great and the company is conscious of the ingredients they use. These cookies are also dairy-free. I like them because they are small and they keep the “treat” factor at a minimum. *Note to my son: I know you eat the cookie first!
5.Raw pecans. I prefer raw nuts and seeds in order to avoid added oils or salt.