I had a feeling that it must be an intolerance to something - figuring it had to be gluten or dairy. After doing more analyzing and discussing her signs/ symptoms with the fella, he really felt gluten might be the culprit, as well. So we decided to start a trial for a few weeks to see if by eliminating it from her diet we might see improvement in those above mentioned areas.
Monday's lunch is her first gluten free bento (and as always, nut free):
Little Miss has a gluten-free, nut-free banana chocolate chip muffin (more on these later in the post) in a flower silicon cup. She also has two picks that have oven roasted turkey slices and cheddar cheese bites. In the main compartment is also two picks of red seedless grapes.
The top left compartment has a hard boiled egg done in her bunny egg mold. Top right is a small spinach salad and a couple sugar snap peas.
(A small amount of dressing will also be included in a container in her lunchbox - not pictured.)
Lunch is packed inside an EasyLunchboxes container.
I love King Arthur products - its the only flour I buy for baking. I was thrilled to find they have a whole line of gluten free products too! They're made in a dedicated facility free of ALL the top 8 allergens. Fantastic!!
When given the choice of a few things, Little Miss said she first wanted muffins, so I purchased this mix:
One box makes 12 muffins - after mixing the batter, we split it evenly into two bowls. In one we made banana chocolate chip, using our EnjoyLife mini chips (which we've been buying and using for years since they're also free of the top 8 allergens) and a mashed ripe banana.
The other bowl, we made apple cinnamon by adding applesauce and cinnamon to the batter. She didn't want big apple chunks in it, though I tried to talk her into it ;-) just applesauce like the bread I make.
Here's how they turned out:
So great because she'll have two different kinds to enjoy! I kept just two of each out and put the rest in the freezer so I can pull them out for her to eat on when needed. :)
As I begin on this new gluten-free adventure, feel free to leave comments with any tips, suggestions, or feedback! (Like if I use something I shouldn't be because maybe I didn't know - I appreciate you kindly letting me know.) :)
ETA: I thought it might also be good to add what she had for breakfast, school snack, and will be having for dinner to each post (if I can remember to add it, lol) --
Breakfast: Apple & Banana Slices with SunButter for dipping/ spreading
Snack: Yoplait Splitz Strawberry Sundae yogurt
Lunch: Pictured & detailed above
Dinner: Macaroni & cheese (using Brown Rice noodles), plain grilled chicken breast, and veggies.