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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
8/13/11 11:03 P

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ALMOMMA if you have Wegmans you are all set!! They have everything!! At least in my area! The Ians stuff I get there! They also have stuff in the GF aisle like GF spaggettios and I think they have some Elmo stuff, although that might just be organic...

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8/13/11 10:02 P

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Thanks Everybody!!! These are some great ideas, that seem so simple and yet I didn't think of. I love the ideas, keep them coming! :) I'm defintly going to try some of these things. I would like to try the Glutino bread ( we love their pretzels!) Headed to Wegmans tomorrw for a grocery day. They have the best selection around here. Thanks again!!!! I REALLY appreciate it!

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WITCHYWOMAN45 Posts: 165
8/13/11 9:50 P

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Lunch was an issue for me as well and I am a grown-up! I first found that I liked my breads in the form of grilled cheese sandwiches until I got used to the different flavors of gf grains. One of my favorites is Glutino Harvest Corn as long as calories aren't an issue for your daughter, it has a softer texture than Udi's and is more like regular bread. Thai Kitchen has packaged gluten free soups and I add diced cooked chicken breast left over from the night before to give me the protein...maybe a set of chopsticks to catch those rice noodles would give her something fun to try that would be special but not in a way that feels like she is separate...it worked for me and the disposable wooden chopsticks really do help trap those slippery noodles better than a spoon.
Another favorite of mine has become frozen banana and peanutbutter smoothies with just enough milk to thin it in the food processor/blender for drinking through a straw or keep it thick and eat with a spoon. I also do peanutbutter/yogurt smoothies at times...maybe a dollop of jelly on top would do the trick for her?
I also like Food For Life brown rice tortillas to make wraps instead of sandwiches. I have found them in specialty stores in the frozen foods section usually near the gf frozen breads. I find they taste much better with my favorite sandwich fillings than corn tortillas.
I wish you well and hope these ideas might help! emoticon

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8/13/11 9:22 A

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I ate homemade lunches at day camp this summer, and here's what I did:

Cut-up cheese and either GF cold cuts or flavored chicken sausages. You can find the Al Fresco chicken sausages in most grocery stores now, and they are way better than hot dogs. I also roll sliced cheese and meat and eat them.

Cut up veggies and dips. I make my own onion dip by adding onion powder and marmite to sour cream (although different things work like dill, sea salt, etc for dip making), or I use hummus or other dips. You can use food coloring to make them interesting if you want.

Peanut butter and apples. You can dip slices of apple in the peanut butter or even slice the apple and make little sandwiches. Also, celery and peanut butter and raisins is always a good kid treat (that I still love)

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
8/13/11 9:00 A

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If you don't want to cook for lunch what about dinner leftovers? Or if your store has them, Ians brand makes things geared toward kids in the freezer section like GF chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and little frozen dinners. Or make your own chicken nuggets or mac & cheese or soup ahead of time and just have them on hand to reheat. There are recipes online for just about anything too.

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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,257
8/12/11 11:13 P

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There is a book called "Special Diets for Special Kids" by Lisa Lewis that tells how to make gluten free chicken nuggets as well as many other kid friendly gf foods. Also, it is OK to make soup any time of year if that is what she likes to eat. There is gf pasta that can be used for mac & cheese. Almost anything has a gf alternative.

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8/12/11 10:59 P

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Hi all - My 4yr old dd recently found out that she has Celiac Disease and ofcourse needs to eat GF. My husband also found out recently (spring time) that he has it. My problem is that I have NO IDEA of what to feed her for lunch. She used to eat peanutbutter sandwiches, but now she won't eat the bread (we are using UDI's - she likes the bread, but I think is either not wanting to eat it because she has to eat the special bread or because she just doesn't want bread right now.) We have had hotdogs, but there is only so many times you can eat a hot dog, not to mention they aren't that great for you. She loves soup but we can't find any that she likes that is GF. I will make my own soup in the winter. Without cooking a full blown meal at lunch time, what are some good ideas for a 4yr old. I also have a 19 mo old who is being picky at the moment. I try to make it so we all eat the same thing, so my 4yr old doesn't feel left out. Very confused new momma to this, and want to make it an easy transition for her. Thanks in advance! (Thanks for letting me vent also) LOL!!! Spark on!

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