One reason I love going to blogging conferences is because I usually meet up with Udi’s Gluten Free foods. I love learning about their new gluten free items as I have a difficult time finding items at my local grocery stores. Although our family does not do an exclusively gluten free diet we use a lot of Udi’s as many of their items are also soy free and my little guy has a soy allergy. For my oldest son I try to use less gluten so everyone in our family really enjoys what Udi’s has to offer.
Both of my boys are in school right now (kindergarten and preschool) so I am packing lunches and snacks for both boys 5 days a week. And my husband actually just LOVES Udi’s bread so he usually ends up stealing it on us! But seriously – Udi’s cookies and muffins are SO delicious! And their new parent company Glutino’s has some amazing gluten free (but not soy free!) pretzels! I especially love those! I know my sister’s son has had to switch to gluten free foods just recently and I made sure she knew about my favorites from Udi’s!
Here are a few gluten-free back to school snack ideas for your kids:
1. Cookies (gluten free & in moderation of course!) – One snack I like to throw in about once every week or so is just a few cookies to make my kids smile when they open up their lunchbox!
2. Pretzels - My kids LOVE pretzels! Here’s a tip – make sure you send just the amount of pretzels you think your kids will eat. Otherwise they may come home with a bag of crushed up crumbs that you’ll have to throw away!
3. Parfait - A parfait is a nice yummy (and healthy!) treat to put in your kids lunchboxes! Find your favorite gluten free yogurt and put in Udi’s granola, fresh or frozen fruit, etc.
4. Fresh or Dried Fruit - Raisins, peaches, oranges, apples, grapes, etc.
5. Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter or Honey on top!
6. Peanut Butter & Jelly – using Udi’s Gluten Free Bread of course! There are several varieties to choose from!
7. Bagged Cereal - this makes a quick and yummy snack in lunchboxes!
8. Nuts & Seeds - For some extra protein & easy snacking send things like walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.
9. Soup - although my kids are not big soup eaters some are and it’s easy to make it gluten free!
10. AND on occasion if I slip a big giant yummy Udi’s muffin in my son’s lunchbox I get this kind of reaction…
SO if you’re considering going gluten free or just want some healthier options consider Udi’s and some of these back to school snacks that I’ve posted above! They are SUPER easy to throw in a lunchbox with little prep and most kids will like the majority of the list!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I received an Udi’s Gluten Free foods package to sample in order to form my own opinions. All opinions are my own.