Today I am partnering with Go Veggie to celebrate National School Lunch Week. We are so thankful for their vegan cheese offerings in our milk allergy home.
Just be sure to grab their VEGAN packaging, not the lactose-free, if you have milk allergies.
Go Veggie asked us to share ways we make lunches special for food allergy kids. And we said, “sure thing!”.
Here are our best tips for getting out of a lunch rut with the kiddos.
1. Emulate Mainstream
Sometimes my best ideas come when I hone in on something popular and then change it to milk-free. Thanks to dairy-free companies, this isn’t too hard to do anymore. Check out how my son was able to enjoy “cheesecake” recently!
2. Ditch the Sandwich
I think this is every mom’s hang-up, the sandwich rut. But boy do my kids dig it when we make a “roll-up” or a “wrap”. Roll-up’s can be made with tortillas or flattened bread. Wraps can entail large lettuce leaf or tortillas as well.
3. Make No-Bread Sandwiches
Kids love “sandwiches” made with crackers, bagels, or pitas.
4. Build Your Own Lunch
Think “lunchables”. Anytime my kids can build their own (cold) pizza or cracker sandwiches they think lunch is 100 times cooler. And it saves me work! Throw the ingredients into containers or baggies, and let them create.
5. Make it Adorable
I am always on the lookout for fun food gadgets just because I think we deserve them in this food allergy journey. I’ve accumulated everything from kid chopsticks to colorful IKEA utensils. And don’t forget everyday cookie cutters can make awesome sandwich shapes, too! (affiliate links)
6. Add a Touch of Love
What kid wouldn’t love finding a little surprise in their lunch? Little notes, stickers, or even gifts can make lunch a very happy meal.
7. Make Lunch Special Even at Home
Lunches at home can be just as sweet. We use our lunch trays (affiliate) to get that fun “cafeteria feel”. You can also try muffin tin lunch ideas on Pinterest, have a picnic in your yard, or use lunch boxes at home. The kids will love having these lunch adventures with you!
Hopefully this has you well on your way to making allergy-friendly lunches even more exciting. You and your kids deserve that. xoxo
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