Lunchtime with Gluten-free Kids

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Making a change in your diet as significant as going gluten-free can be hard, really, really hard. All depending on what you were eating before the change though, it doesn’t have to be that bad. In the beginning, it’s normal to crave the foods you aren’t eating any more. Food is addictive much like any other vice. Why do you America is the most obese country in the world? Gluten is simply an additive in our food that makes it more desirable. In some cases, it makes it easier to cook with or more filling. But it does not make it more nutritious.

Gluten isn’t necessarily bad for you if eaten in balance with protein and nutrient dense produce. Unfortunately though, that balance has taken on a whole new definition in our society and people are eating way too much gluten. This can lead to problems with weight, sleep, energy and even our immune systems. (And if you have an actual gluten intolerance, the list is significantly worse.)

Read more myths about gluten here.

To help on your journey to a low-gluten or gluten-free diet, here are examples of lunches I prepare for myself and my kids as we experiment with gluten-free living. There have been no complaints in my household and the girls devour their meals like normal. Six thumbs up from Princess kids.

1. Raw [organic] carrot sticks. Sliced [organic] apples. Homemade garlic rice Chex. Mozzarella string cheese. Sunflower seed kernels. Dark chocolate chips.

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2. Sunbutter/[organic] apple slice sandwiches. Mozzarella cheese stick. Raw [organic] carrot sticks. Organic brown rice cake drizzled with raw local honey.

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3. [Organic] celery sticks with all natural peanut butter and raisins. Homemade [organic] powdered sugar-coated rice Chex. Dark chocolate chips. Leftover Chipotle chicken rice bowl served in [organic] corn taco shell.

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4.Raw [organic] carrot sticks. Simply Balanced strawberry fruit leather from Target. Sliced [organic] apples. Raw pecans. Mozzarella cheese stick. [Organic] corn tortilla chips with pineapple salsa.

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5. Plantain chips. Grapes. Mozzarella cheese stick. Homemade caramel popcorn. Raw [organic] carrot sticks.

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6. Much of the same from above but added a homemade trail mix: sliced almonds, roasted pumpkin seeds, peanuts and sunflower seeds with some dried cranberries and blueberries topped with a couple of dark chocolate chips, [organic] brown sugar and drizzled with raw, local honey.

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7. Homemade chicken salad (using sliced almonds, [organic] mayonnaise, [organic] celery and onion). Gluten-free “Oreo’s” from Trader Joe’s (a special treat). Mozzarella cheese stick. Yellow [organic] corn tortilla chips and pineapple salsa.

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Any favorite lunch secrets you have? Share with us in a comment below.

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