The first thing that struck me when I was told that C should eat gluten-free was how complicated it all seemed. I’d never given gluten a single thought in my life and suddenly I was finding out that my kitchen cupboards were riddled with it and thinking about navigating life without the big ‘G’ seemed like a very arduous task.
A year has passed now, and I’m getting to the point where it all seems second nature and I don’t really give it that much thought anymore. I have my favorite recipes to make at home, I’ve worked out how to navigate eating out and even a Mothers Day breakfast last weekend in a gluten-filled breakfast place no longer seemed daunting. Of course they would be able to make scrambled eggs with a side of bacon…
Me being more relaxed about it all undoubtedly impacts C too. He used to stress about being different from the other kids. Now, being gluten-free is just a fact of life for him – no big deal. In fact, a lot of his friends prefer the gluten-free goodies that he takes to school on days such as bake sales and birthday parties.
I’m a big fan of trying to make complex things simple. That’s why I embraced Diane Eblin of the Whole Gang’s initiative this month to host an event called ‘30 Days to Gluten-Free Living‘. Diane features a different blogger every day in May, sharing tips and recipes on how to make gluten-free living easy – and inexpensive. If you haven’t checked out this event already, I highly recommend that you do so. It is a goldmine of information.
My contribution to the event is to share 5 easy gluten-free lunchbox ideas with you. This was one of my biggest stumbling blocks initially, having relied on gluten-filled lunches and snacks for several years. I do fall back on gluten-free sandwich bread and bagels on some days, but there are many other gluten-free options that make great, kid-friendly, nutritious meals that also taste good cold.
I tend to make family dinners during the week that allow me to pack left overs as lunch boxes the next day. This makes the morning rush to school an awful lot more stress free and helps ensure that I have considered a balanced meal in advance, rather than scrambling about to throw something together 10 minutes before the school run (not that that doesn’t happen on some days). I’ve also posted more gluten-free kid friendly lunchbox ideas on my lunchbox page on this blog.
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