Each time I visit my daughter at school during a lunch period or while chaperoning a field trip, I can't help but look and notice what all the other kids have packed/ are eating. Many of them pull a Lunchables from their backpack. Some even accompanied by a can of soda.
I get it - it's easy. And the labels are so deceiving... "Whole Grains", "Great Source of Calcium", "100% White Meat", etc.
It's when you actually flip the container over and read what's really in those items that it makes you shake your head.
That was me. I use to buy those things. Especially when they were on sale.
Super easy, right!? But oh, so, wrong for your health.
Then trying to explain to your child why they can't have them is difficult. Granted Little Miss cannot because of the allergens & gluten, but it's still tough since she feels like she's missing out.
Last week on our Facebook page, I asked everyone what their tips & tricks were for getting more fiber into their family's diet.
It can be tricky when eating gluten free to ensure you're getting enough. Especially with kids -- Veggies aren't exactly the first thing they reach for in the fridge for a snack.
I'm thankful my Little Miss does a good job eating her vegetables, but that doesn't mean I don't still worry about getting her a good balance of insoluble & soluble fibers (beside the other nutritional values).
I love making baked goods packed with Fiber and Omegas! Like these Zucchini Oat & Flax Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies. They're Gluten Free & Top 8 Allergen Free. Little Miss said they were the "best cookies you've ever made"! Seriously.
This book needs to become everyone's go-to guide! Whether you're a veteran to gluten free living or want to gift something to a friend who's struggling with a new diagnosis, this is a wonderful resource! Recipes, tips, tricks, shopping guides, measurement equivalents, and more!
There are some items I am admittedly addicted to...
(Handfuls of) Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
... and SunButter mixed with Apple Butter.
I eat SunButter & apple butter on gluten free toast almost regularly. I even make it into a quesadilla for lunches! When it's warmed, it's soooo ooey-gooey delicious. Seriously.
Not a fan of apple butter? That's okay. You can make this recipe with any of your favorite jams or jellies. Heck, Little Miss thought it would be amazing with SunButter and chocolate chips even. She's right - but as you read above, I like to eat handfuls of them... every night... so we were out. Oops. ;) *add more to grocery list, again*
This week kicked off our yearly holiday tradition of #AdventLunches! Each year, I make Little Miss holiday theme lunches with a ChristmasCountdown. I include the countdown number somewhere in the lunch, either written on a Lunchbox Love Note or made into a cute food item within the lunch itself. She looks forward to it every year!
I was in Las Vegas for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (#FABlogCon) until Monday. It was such a great experience - filled with laughter, tears, education, and surrounded by inspiring advocates within the gluten free & food allergy community.
I'll be sharing more from this year's conference in the next week or two, but you can read my recap from last year if you want to know more about it.
Just because this Mama is gone, Little Miss still has to eat! Here's a round-up of our latest lunch posts we've been sharing on Facebook and Instagram. Make sure you're following us there too!