Kids yearn to be like their peers. It’s natural to want what the person next to you is snarfling down.
Having to live with the dietary restrictions of celiac disease can put a damper on things. Living with both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease also adds more to the dizzying array of rules and regs to follow.
If you parent to a child with diabetes you know how much you want to just open the fridge and say, EAT! Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. The plus side is kids end up being spectacularly healthy eaters by default, if they have conscientious parents.
Getting to the nitty gritty, what do you feed them?
Carb conscious parents of kids with type 1 diabetes will have a variety of snacks. Adding in a twist with the gluten free component spices things up. However, that doesn’t have to equate to a boring lunchbox.
Invest in a good lunchbox, freezer packs, and an insulated container for foods you heat up at home. Let them pick out the containers so they feel special. Get reusable and fun silverware for them.
Of course we have our favorites and you can see them for yourself:
See She Sugars favorite gluten free foods here
Included in this link are products by Gopicnic. These cool boxes are the perfect gluten free healthy boxed lunch for kids and adults alike. My daughter loves taking these to school on occasion with a drink and a piece of fruit. They are also great for traveling and airplanes…
Here are some of our favorite school snacks: Notice some choices are lower carbs to fit everyone’s needs
Nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts, soynuts, sunflower seeds, etc.)
Celery and peanut butter
Carrot Sticks or any raw veggies with dip (Newman’s Own Ranch)
Tortilla Chips (get fancy with salsa to dip)
Of course the GF snack list can go on and on as the products out there are growing in number and are quite delicious. I’m sure you don’t need too much help with the snacks in your gluten free lunch box!
Here are some of our favorite school lunch items:
(we always pack a lunch), GF= Gluten Free
Yogurt (add GF granola, almond meal, almond slivers)
Cereal (send milk in a mason jar and add the dried cereal)
An array of sandwiches and wraps
GF Macaroni and Cheese
Grilled Cheese (well loved even hours later…)
Sonoma GF Teff tortilla wraps or used for a cheese quesadilla
Beans and rice, cheese
Frozen GF burritos
GF Veggie burger
Capri Sun Roaring Waters (looks like a regular Capri Sun juice but is low carb)
Dark Chocolate chips for dessert
And the list can go on and on, be creative and mix it up!