Only mums of kids with food allergies would understand like I do the challenge of the dreaded school lunch box prep every day. I try to keep lunch box prep not too tedious and time consuming, and I prepare as much as I can the night before. I also like to keep my freezer well stocked with healthy snacks that freeze well.
Sometimes I find the easiest way to think of snacks for kids is to keep a list of what they can have, especially if they are fussy so I'm not having to constantly think about what they can have.
I’ve compiled a list of ideas below that are lunch box friendly and are free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nuts.
These are my own ideas and also from mums in my Facebook Community over at Food Allergy & Intolerance Chat with Happy Tummies - you can join here if you like 🙂
So what can you feed you kids when you think there is nothing you can feed them?!
1. Whole fruit – perfect and simple! Write their name or a cute message on their banana as a surprise
2. Cut fruit into cute shapes - you could even make fruit kebabs
3. Fruit salad
4. Fruit slinkys (apples, pears, even firm stone fruit like plums are good made into slinkys). TIP: if you carefully remove the fruit from the machine and leave the core in, fruits like apples and pears will stay nice and white. Kids can simply remove the core at school
5. Puree and pop into reusable food pouches or a leakproof container (can mix with coconut yoghurt or dairy free custard)
6. Slice and serve with a coconut yoghurt dip for dipping (or dairy free custard)
7. Safe yogurt into reusable food pouches
8. Homemade dairy and egg free custard- super easy if you have a Thermomix
9. Chia pudding
10. Nut free bliss balls. Check out this list of recipes I compiled
11. Slices, cookies, muffins or cake - homemade and pack in as much nutrition as possible
12. Jelly in reusable food pouches or a leakproof container
17. Smoothies – in reusable food pouches in the lunch box or in a thermos
18. Dried fruit – I prefer organic and additive free. You could even make your own nut free trail mix using some seeds and popcorn
19. Cold meats / meatballs with chopped up salad (or make into kebabs) - I find Ikea Chicken Meatballs that are gluten free by ingredient a handy standby
20. Leftovers (soup, pasta, fried rice) in a thermos
21. Sliced veggies with dip
22. Corn thins or rice cakes – supply the spread or topping for the kids to pop on fresh so they don’t go stale (good for older kids)
23. Home made sushi or sushi bowls if you can't be bothered rolling them up
24. Wraps – I wrote this blog post with a HEAP of suitable recipes
25. Homemade sausage rolls - make in bulk and freeze for ease
26. Homemade pizza
27. Homemade scrolls using a safe pastry or dough
28. Savoury muffins
29. Cold toasties - yes, my kids love these. Give it a go if you haven't!
30. Sandwiches of course!
I hopethat helps with some fresh ideas and keeps you going. The great thing about a list is that when you or your kids are getting bored you can come back to it for fresh inspiration!
PS. If you're looking for some quick and easy lunchbox food you can find lots in our lunch box section here including some bundles where we've carefullyu selected a number of products for you that will make life easy.