Making your kids' lunches interesting, delicious and especially healthy can sometimes be a challenge.
We often get questions from parents about healthy options for kids and how to ensure they're getting a range of nutrients to support overall health, gut health, digestion and energy.
As a guide, we always try and include a good source of protein—leftovers are great for this, plus seasonal vegetables and fruit.
To make things easier, the BePure team have put together a list of gluten-free ideas for you.
14 Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas
1. Roasted Veggies
Check the roasting times per veggie as they may differ. When they are done, pour some lemon juice over them and a dab of gluten-free pesto.
2. Homemade Wraps
Check out our BePure Easy Egg Wrap recipe and filling suggestions.
3. Burrito Bowl
Basically everything you could put in a burrito wrap, but without the wrap. Brown rice, beans, capsicum, avocado, tomato salsa and corn. If your kids go well on dairy you can put some cottage cheese on top.
4. Good Quality Gluten-Free Wraps
You can use all the leftovers in your fridge to fill a wrap. Think shredded chicken, lettuce, cucumber, cheese and hummus.
5. Homemade Sushi
Fill with salmon, avocado and cucumber. Yum! Nori (seaweed) is a great source of iodine, too.
6. Gluten-Free Pasta Salads
The possibilities are endless. How about chicken or canned tuna, basil, broccoli, pumpkin and mayo?
Another one of those dishes where you can throw in almost everything. Serve it with a green salad with cucumber and an orange and parsley dressing.
8. Stuffed Kumara
Try this with quinoa and veggies and they will have energy for the whole day.
Again, there are many combinations that work well. One of our favourites basic combos is chicken, hummus, carrots and cheese.
10. Bacon and Egg Muffins
It’s very easy and a guaranteed success! Put bacon strips in a muffin tin, crack an egg in it and bake it for 30 minutes on 180ºC or until cooked through. Or check out out BePure Breakfast Baskets Recipe.
11. Frittata or Savoury Soufflé
There are many recipes for a delicious frittata. Try one with mint, peas and feta. Here's Ben's recipe for Green Soufflé.
You can make a quiche with gluten-free pastry, the kumara and spinach combo is really nice.
14. Rice Paper Rolls
These delicious colourful rolls will brighten up your kids day!
Lunch Box ideas
Keeping your kid's lunches cool and fresh is important. We love Lunchbots and Planetbox stainless steel lunchboxes. Planetbox also comes with magnet stickers so your child can decorate and personalise their lunchbox.