If your child has coeliac disease you'll need to rethink some everyday tasks like making lunch. To help you along, here are some useful tips and tricks to make the change to gluten-free as tasty and kid-friendly as possible.
What is gluten and why can’t some people eat it?
Time to put our science hats on! Gluten is made up of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin and is found in wheat, barley and rye. For some people, when gluten is absorbed, it causes upset tummies, rashes, bloating, and pain.
Depending on the person, the reaction can be different and more or less severe.
The gluten-free lunchbox: Bread
If you’re worried about packing a gluten-free lunchbox for your kids, fear not, as there are loads of delicious gluten-free foods out there that will keep the little ones happy. Bread is the big one, so let’s start with that.
There are loads of gluten-free breads available but always check the label as some packaged gluten-free breads can be full of sugar, sodium and artificial ingredients. Keep an eye out or all that sugar will have your little ones bouncing off the walls. Sorry, teacher!
If you’re not happy with the ingredients in the gluten-free bread in your local shop, you can take a look at some gluten-free food blogs and find a recipe for homemade gluten-free bread. Your kids will love helping you bake their own special bread.
If you don’t have the time to make your own bread, take a look at our ‘Free From’ range, which has plenty of healthy gluten-free breads to choose from.
The gluten-free lunchbox: Meat
So you’ve got your gluten-free bread sorted, but what about the filler? Unfortunately lots of processed meat contains gluten. A great alternative to processed meat is to cook your own fresh meat. At the start of the week you could cook up some chicken fillets or ham and use as a sandwich filler for the week. Check out our beginners guide to food prep for more info on bulk cooking!