Sunday, September 27

6 Allergy-Friendly School Lunch Ideas and Giveaway


As a mama of a child with multiple food allergies, I find school lunches to be stressful. Little Guy can't buy lunch at school since he has allergies to dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and sesame. So, we pack lunch 5 days a week, every week.

This year, I knew kindergarten would be a whole new "ball game". I was stressed that I had to pack allergy-friendly school lunches that no one would reheat for him. It's doubly difficult since Little Guy has become somewhat PICKY.

I know, I know, he used to be my Brussels sprouts eating toddler. But things have changed. I can't really blame him. He hasn't had the chance to explore as many new foods as other kids. But I'm determined to get creative and keep trying new ideas. 

So far, I've found a bit of lunch success in:
  1. Buying lunch supplies to help me get creative with allergy-friendly lunches. Things like these EasyLunchboxes (part of a fun GIVEAWAY you can enter below!), colorful silicone cupcake holders and character thermos have helped me brainstorm new lunch ideas.
  2. Realizing he'll eat (and likes!) cold food. For example, he'll eat pizza cold!
  3. Getting somewhat cute with his lunches. I know a few awesome mamas who make their child's lunch SO cute every day. I'm always amazed at their talent! However, I know with a full time job and 2 kiddos, I'm not going to make lunches as art projects every day. BUT I can make them just a little cute in a short amount of time. Cookie cutters and fun tools like Pick-Ease have helped me do this easily! (also part of this fun GIVEAWAY!)
In case you need a little lunch inspiration (I know I still like new ideas!) I thought I'd share 6 of our favorite allergy-friendly school lunches.

1. Nitrate free turkey, spinach and Earth Balance mayo sandwich (Don't judge me on the white bread, Little Guy is slowly accepting wheat bread more and more. If you ever told me I'd have a kid who eats white bread I'd call you crazy ;). Carrots, honeydew, pretzels and SunButter dip too!



2. Chicken salad sandwich made with Earth Balance mayo (we also love mayo-free avocado chicken salad), apple slices to dip in the Don't Go Nuts single dips. SkinnyPop popcorn mixed with SuperSeedz cinnamon pumpkin seeds. The awesome SoDelicious dairy free chocolate coconut milk on the side!

3. Nitrate free bacon (yes, Little Guy likes it cold!), vegan banana muffin, cantaloupe and half a banana (kept it in it's peel to stay fresh).

4. Nitrate free turkey rolled up on the Pick-Ease picks, cantaloupe, SoDelicious coconut yogurt, Ozery Bakery cinnamon raisin bread and juice box (although juice is high in sugar, we do 100% juice boxes occasionally!).

5. Dairy-free pizza (made with Daiya cheese), cantaloupe, peppers, carrots, homemade nut free granola bar (recipe here), and SoDelicious Chocolate Coconut Milk.



6. Spaghetti and egg-free Italian meatballs (made with hidden broccoli!) (recipe here), frozen peas and corn (he likes them cold!), applesauce and apple chips.


Here are some of the fun lunchbox supplies I'm currently using to make school lunches easy and fun!

    
    

GIVEAWAY


Okay, ready to win your own fun lunchbox supplies? One winner will receive:
  • One Pick-Ease Play Pack (for either a boy or girl, your choice!)
  • One EasyLunchbox container set
  • One Easy Lunchbox lunch bag (winner can choose color)
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Enter the giveaway now!

I received the awesome Pick-Ease Play Pack and EasyLunchboxes cooler bag and small containers to review for this post. Thank you to Pick-Ease and Easy Lunchboxes! All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

19 comments:

Emma said...

There's some great ideas here. We're dealing with the same allergies.

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Thanks Emma. I'd love to hear how you guys handle lunch too - please share! I'm ALWAYS looking for new lunch ideas for my Little Guy!

Lindsey Souders said...

My little girl just turned 1 on the 24th and she is a pro at using her little fingers to pick up small bits off food but some things are a little slippery and harder for her to get so I would love the pick ease so I can teach her how to use them to pick up those pesky slippy yummies!

Lindsey Souders said...

I went and checked out some easy lunchboxes products and I love how reasonably priced their products are for the quality AND of course I love that their containers are leak proof!

Kaitlin Johns said...

The pick ease are perfect for kids with sensory issues such as texture! My daughter would do great with these!

Kaitlin Johns said...

The lunch boxes are great as they come in multiple colors, leak proof, and a reasonable size for many snacks and lunches!

Diane said...

Kathryn these lunch box ideas are so cute and look so healthy, what a great post! and a chance to win lunch box supplies too! Awesome!

chickie brewer said...

The pick ease are perfect for the little ones trying to use before afork.

Marta Vodrey said...

What great ideas for lunches - it's always refreshing to see what other mama's are packing for their little ones :)

.:Marta:.

Kaitlin Johns said...

I would use the pick ease for my toddlers breakfast, pancakes and fruit as she does not like their texture 🍎🍏

Katelyn said...

I love your ideas! My daughter has peanut and tree nut allergies and I'm always looking for new ideas for her lunch. I already have Easy Lunchboxes (they're the best!), but I was wondering if you could tell me what the other containers you use are? The orange and green ones? I love how they fit inside the Easy Lunchboxes. Thanks!

Katelyn said...

I love sending fresh fruit in my kid's lunch, I think they'd like the picks to eat it with!

April Proveaux said...

I'd use them to make dinner more fun for my son!

April Proveaux said...

I love that the containers are designed to be easily opened by kids

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Katelyn - the other containers are Rubbermaid lunchblox...I find them at my local Giant, but I also found them here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1VmY3Na

Ali said...

These look great! I would love to use the pick-ease for my little guy to eat fruit without his hands getting so messy.

Sharon said...

Adorable ideas! Happy back to school

Kim Lutz said...

Those are some super-cute lunches! I'm glad that you're off to a good start to the school year!

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Thanks so much Kim!!

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