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With the school-year on the horizon, it’s time for parents and children to begin thinking about preparing lunches. For children who are not able to tolerate gluten, the task of finding healthful, palatable options in local grocery stores can be challenging for parents.
Several years ago, when my son was diagnosed with food allergies, we also learned that he is sensitive to gluten. So while our pediatrician did not say it was required that we completely eliminate gluten from his diet, he highly recommended we try. As if it weren’t difficult enough to navigate around those allergies, I felt slightly overwhelmed with the thought of completely removing breads, pastas, and his favorite snacks out of his diet. To this day, my son is not 100% gluten-free. We completely eliminate those foods that are true allergens and then allow him to eat those foods he is sensitive to in limited quantities (which has been discussed with our Pediatrician).
As someone who has access to natural markets, farmer’s markets, and locally-grown foods, I still didn’t find that the options were abundant. It was my mother-in-law who recommended we take a look at Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, as she is unable to tolerate gluten and found the breads, muffins, and granola to be flavorful.
Earlier this year, I tasted a variety of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim. In particular, I found the muffins to be delicious….moist and flavorful. Had I not been told they were gluten-free, I would never have known. A few weeks ago while in San Diego, the company was represented at the Cheap Sally party, offering attendees an opportunity to taste some of their sweet treats. To further expand their line, Udi’s is offering cookies and brownies, along with their current selection of breads, muffins, bagels, granola, and pizza crust.
Because Udi’s is expanding their line, parents and children can pack gluten-free lunches that are healthy, flavorful, and enjoyable without having to sacrifice the types of foods they enjoy. Here is just an example of how to pack a gluten-free lunch:
Organic fresh veggies
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Afternoon snack) with fresh cut organic veggies/hummus
The above lunch includes a variety of whole grains, fruits and veggies, and protein. It does not include dairy, but a parent could easily sub milk or a dairy-based yogurt if their child is not allergic. If you have more than one child, parents can still offer each child the same lunch since it might be easier and more affordable not to have to buy two different types of foods.
Udi’s is continuing to expand their line of gluten-free foods. For more information, just visit their website or Facebook page.
Win It! One of you will win a $50 Udi’s Back-to-School Prize Pack. Simply leave me a comment with a gluten-free tip or an Udi’s product you’d like to try. Comments will close on September 11th, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST.
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