Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Stretch Island as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
As most of you would know by now my little man is on a gluten-free diet. He's the only one in the house who is and sometimes that means cooking two meals and it also means keeping gluten-free options of our family favorites on hand so that he's never missing out on his favorite snacks and dishes. He doesn't have celiac's disease, but his body simply cannot break down gluten-based foods - it took me over four years working with a gastroenterologist, allergist, and his pediatrician along with doing things like keeping a food diary to figure this out. The hardest part is school lunches. Thankfully our school district does work with us and with a little help from his pediatrician the school does have some gluten-free foods brought in for him, but sometimes he likes to mix it up a little with his favorite foods from home too.
So, I want to share with you five super quick and easy (no fancy bento box skills required) gluten-free lunchbox ideas to help you out this coming school year too.
I've made each of these lunches based on what my son will actually eat, so go ahead and switch out fruits and vegetables that are your child's favorites. All of these ideas contain Stretch Island Fruit Leather as a snack option because he loves them, plus they come in a box of 8 so there's plenty to add as a morning snack into the lunchbox. Mix and match all of the different lunch box options below.
GLUTEN-FREE LUNCH: TURKEY AND CHEESE ROLLS
I've pictured these above, but here's another shot for you. These are fairly self-explanatory. Tip: I keep blueberry muffins in the freezer. Just pop one into the lunchbox and it's thawed and ready to eat by lunchtime.
GLUTEN-FREE LUNCH: SANDWICH SKEWERS
My son loves a gluten-free breadstick that I purchase regularly from Walmart, so I cut into smaller pieces and layered ham, cheese, and lettuce inside. Tip: If you cannot use little skewers to keep them together, just wrap each one, or pop them into a sandwich bag to keep them together. I paired these with a homemade snack mix of dried banana chips, gluten-free pretzels, marshmallows, and cereal.
GLUTEN-FREE LUNCH: PITA POCKETS
The same company who makes his favorite breadsticks also make gluten-free pita pockets (also available at Walmart), and they make for such a fun 'sandwich', plus you can fill them with all kinds of different things. I did this one with turkey, bacon, and shredded cheese.
GLUTEN-FREE LUNCH: HOMEMADE LUNCHABLES
Lunchables is one quick and easy item he missed a little when I changed his diet, but with these gluten-free crackers, ham, and cheese he still gets to enjoy his own homemade version. With the addition of delicious citrus on the side, it makes this the perfect light summer lunch.
GLUTEN-FREE LUNCH: PINWHEELS
Pinwheels are such a fun gluten-free lunch idea. All you need are gluten-free wraps and filling such as turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, leftover tuna or chicken salad. The possibilities are endless. Just spread, roll, slice, and add to the lunchbox.
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