July 12th, 2009

Another Week of Lunches

It’s another week of lunches! (Make sure you check out part 1 here.) It’s impossible to believe I could come up with five more days with no repeats, isn’t it? Well okay, actually, I didn’t. I could have, but I would have had to rely on the fact that there are a bajillion kinds of fruit out there, and the meals wouldn’t have been as balanced. As it is, there are four items here that you’ve seen before. Spot them all and win a prize! (Void where prohibited. While supplies last. And I have no supplies.)


Robert’s Gourmet Tings
–Archer Farms (a Target brand) Strawberry Fruit bar
–Sunflower seeds and Goji berries
–Lunchmeat rollup with green grapes (Hormel Natural Choice Oven-Roasted Turkey)


–Central Market Organics lightly salted popcorn
Mr. Krispers Salt & Pepper Rice Krisps
Enjoy Life Sunbutter Crunch Bar
–Peanut butter with a plastic knife for spreading on banana – that little green dip container is great for any kind of GFCF dressing or dip you can imagine.


Snapea Crisps
–Kix cereal (make sure you get the new box, which has a large ear of corn on it! Many stores are still offloading the old boxes that still contain gluten.)
Envirokidz Peanut Butter bar


–100% corn tortilla chips (Tostitos is one brand, though there are many choices and mine are generic)
–Celery sticks
Lundberg brown rice cake with peanut butter


–Lay’s plain Potato Chips
–Carrot matchsticks
Apple Pie Larabar

And just to prove I could have forced myself to have zero repeats if I really wanted to, here’s a whole slew of other lunch ideas that weren’t featured in either week:

Cherry tomatoes

Jicama slices
Sweet potato fries (Ore-Ida or Alexia)
Cucumber slices
Red pepper slices
Salad with dressing

Hardboiled/Deviled Egg
Egg Salad
Chicken Salad
Chicken nuggets
Pinto beans
Black beans
Refried beans
Nature Valley Almond Nut Crunch bar
Ham slices
Tofu cubes
Homemade GF muffins or cookies

Also, always remember the option of leftovers. There are many cooked items that are just as good, if not better, the next day. If it’s a meal they really like, I’ll deliberately make extra so I know I’ll have tomorrow’s lunch taken care of. And it doesn’t even have to be limited to dinner: there’s no reason you couldn’t send scrambled eggs and bacon. Include a container with Kix or Chex (not the chocolate flavor Chex, which have dairy), fill the thermos with your milk substitute of choice, and you’ve got a whole breakfast. I’m telling you, you may even have to invest in a security system to protect your child’s awesome lunch from jealous schoolmates.

Happy Eating!


4 comments to Another Week of Lunches

  • xoxoxoBruce

    I would imagine kids could get enthralled with certain items and request (demand ;o)) them for days on end.

  • mrschaits

    How did you figure out that Tings and Veggie Booty were gluten free???? Very exciting.

  • TheGFCFLady

    Mrschaits – the ingredient list on all Robert’s Gourmet products is very simple and clear. There are no preservatives or questionable things like “natural flavors;” just corn, rice, salt and oil for the most part. But you can always call the manufacturer of a product if you’re not sure. There’s usually a 1-800 number on the product somewhere, or a website where you can email them. So far almost every company I’ve contacted has been extremely helpful, and they know the answer right away because a lot of people are asking these days. I’ve even stood there in the grocery store and called on my cellphone before. Plus, even if the answer is that the product does have gluten, if enough people call and ask it may encourage them to change their formulas or offer alternative products, like General Mills and Betty Crocker have done recently.

  • mrschaits

    Thanks. I have just started to rely on my good old fashioned eyes, when we first started out I was so nervous that I never even thought to read the ingredients on mainstream products. It’s only been 5 weeks since we started but between you and a good book I feel much more confident. I also have downloaded a program onto my iTouch so I can check the unknown ingredients. I even had Eli take a GF cupcake and frosting to the birthday party he was invited to and not a melt down to be had as he ate his and the other kids ate theirs–we’re all figuring this out. Now I just need to get the word out that it’s not just an “autism diet” but it also works for our little ones with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

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