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Lively Lunchboxes - That kids will eat!

As mothers of young children, we know how it is to be on the go and in need of some quick foods from time to time. In addition, we want the transition to this healthy diet to be positive for children so that they are encouraged to stick to it as they grow older. Sending school children off with gluten and dairy free lunches may sound like a challenge, but here is a great list to help you get started. Enjoy!

Instructions: For each packed lunch, try to include one main item as well as one fruit and one vegetable. Sides may trade places with vegetables at times. Make sure your child is getting a good variety of nutritional foods on their special diet. If you are uncertain about the nutritional content of your child's meals, bring your food lists to a nutritionist or dietician to help you with the process.
Look for thermal lunchboxes or bags that are lead free and contain options for heating or cooling storage areas within! These lively lunchboxes are sure to please.


  • Vegetable Rolls (sushi style)

  • Sandwich (gluten free meat and vegetables, all vegetables, nut butter and jam)

  • Hot Dogs (Shelton's is an example of a gluten, dairy, and soy free brand)

  • Soup

  • Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato (served as a salad or on gluten free bread)

  • Vegetable Curry (recipe coming soon)

  • Pasta Salad (gluten free pasta cooked and rinsed well with peas and favorite GF/DF dressing or mayo product)

  • Lundberg Rice Cake with favorite nut butter and jam (decorate with dried fruits or small chocolates)

  • Taco Salad

  • Quinoa Salad (recipe coming soon)

  • Tuna or Egg Salad (served on lettuce or on bread)

  • Waffle Sticks with fruit and syrup dip

  • Hamburger, turkeyburger or homemade nut/veggie burger

  • Sides

  • Squash Pie

  • Hummus

  • Veganaise Dip (mix with favorite spices, tahini, lemon juice and serve with vegetables)

  • Applesauce

  • Potato Salad

  • Broccoli Salad

  • Eggs (deviled or hard boiled)

  • Smoothie

  • Coleslaw

  • Banana Chips (or other dried fruit)

  • Trail Mix (dried fruit and nuts)

  • BumbleBars (always check labels)

  • EnviroKidz Bars (always check labels)

  • EnjoyLifeFoods bars (always check labels)

  • Lara Bars (always check labels)

  • Any raw vegetables and or salads with or without dips

  • Fruits

  • Pears

  • Peaches

  • Banana

  • Orange

  • Apple

  • Plum

  • Pineapple

  • Grapes

  • Cherries

  • Strawberries

  • Clementines

  • Pomegranate

  • Melon

  • Fruit Salad tossed with agave necter and milled flax seed

  • Chips

  • Desserts

  • Cookies (homemade or purchased. See Pamela's Products, Mi-Dell, Enjoy Life Foods and other store brands. Always check ingredients.)

  • Cakes (homemade or purchased. Namaste and KnickKnick both have a wonderful chocolate cake mix. Also see Gluten Free Pantry, Pamela's Products and others in local stores.)

  • Fruit Compote

  • Homemade Candy (date rolls - stuff dates with peanuts, dip in melted chocolate, and roll in finely shredded coconut)

  • Pie (squash and pumpkin pie are easy to travel snack pies)

  • Jello made with knox gelatin and fruit juices

  • Avocado Pudding

  • Brownies

  • Animal Cookies (EnviroKidz makes a nice gluten and dairy free animal cookie)

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