If you have food allergies, traditional lunch items are not an option. Since my daughter can't have dairy, eggs, nuts, or wheat, I felt like I had to come up with a creative way to pack her lunch. The bento-box idea appealed to me, and I came across this fabulous version, The Laptop Lunch, at my local Whole Foods:
Their website is full of great lunch ideas as well as a variety of box colors and insulated containers. What I like about this system is the fact that I am motivated to fill each cup with a variety of colorful, healthy foods. Plus, the plastic is BPA-free and very durable. I can just pop the compartments into the dishwasher, and they clean up beautifully!
Over the past two weeks, I took pictures of five different allergy-free lunches I packed for my daughter. I tried to include as much variety as possible.
Lunch #1: Chicken bratwurst (from Whole Foods), Glutino pretzel sticks: Glutino 38842 Glutino Pretzel Sticks Family Size- 12x8 OZ (Google Affiliate Ad), grapes, and grape tomatoes/cucumber slices.
Lunch #2: Chicken salad, veggie straws, blueberries, and carrots/cucumber slices
The chicken salad is a simple recipe of cooked chicken (I like to use rotisserie), celery, green onions, salt/pepper, egg-free mayonnaise, and a dash of dried ginger. My daughter loves it!:
Lunch #3: Cooked shrimp with cocktail sauce, blackberries, red peppers/cucumbers, and Glutino pretzel sticks
Lunch #4: Black Forest Ham roll-ups, sliced apples, carrot sticks, and Allergy-free fudge brownies
The ham roll-ups are a big hit with my daughter and are easily made by thinly slicing carrots, red peppers, and avocado. I then lay the slices on the ham and roll it up!:
There you have it - five allergy-free, healthy lunch ideas. I hope you've been inspired! What are your allergy-free lunch options? Please share below!