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5 Gluten-Free Goodies for Back to School Lunches

5 Gluten-Free Goodies for Back to School Lunches

By Lacy J. Hansen for

It’s only a few weeks until moms and dads will be packing nutritious lunches for their kids each morning, something that can be a bit of a challenge for some parents. The challenge is more daunting for those parents whose children have food allergies, like gluten. For kids with gluten allergies or Celiac disease their choices for kid-friendly snacks aren’t typically very interesting. However, there are more and more great gluten-free products available. Not only are they gluten free and nutritious, but they are fun. Our children with allergies no longer have to feel left out while eating plain snacks.

We found a few great tasting, gluten-free lunch box snacks that should be at the top of your back-to-school list.

1. Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks: 
With four fruity flavors, Annie’s snacks are gluten free, certified organic, free of artificial colors, made with real fruit juice, contain 100% of a child’s daily vitamin C needs, are vegan and free of gelatin. Rarely are those claims a fruit snack can make.

2. EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars: 
These yummy snack bars are available in five flavors like peanut butter and chocolate. The primary ingredient is organic gluten-free rice, while the others are wholesome and delicious. Fun for kids is that each flavor has its own animal “mascot.”

3. Blue Diamond Nut Thins Crackers: Crackers are traditionally made of wheat, making it hard to find a gluten-free brand. Nut Thins are the perfect solution. Available in eight flavors, like sea salt and barbecue, they are completely gluten free and, because of their nut-based ingredients, also provide protein.

4. Larabar: 
Available in a variety of flavors like cashew cookie to cherry pie, there is no chance you’ll call them bland. Larabars are made of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spice, are considered a 100% whole food, and each flavor has no more than nine ingredients.

5. Snikiddy Fries and Puffs: 
These corn-based snacks are baked fries that are available in six fun flavors, like “Sea Salt” and “Classic Ketchup.” There are also cheese puffs offered in two kid-friendly flavors – “Mac & Cheese” and “Grilled Cheese.” These crunchy snacks don’t have preservatives or corn syrup, they are peanut and nut free, vegan, and, of course, gluten free.

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12:01AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:26PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Aren't Bunny Fruit snacks (and Animal Crackers, for that matter) just gateway drugs to a life of eating meat? [Have another Bunny. They're only fruit. Heh-heh-heh.]

7:24PM PST on Dec 1, 2012


5:53PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Awesome! Thank you!

5:46PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

How about a piece of fruit, in its own package, no processing, the bunny product looks like candy to me.

8:03AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

nice to know

12:02AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Thanks for the informative article. I will definitely sent this to my sister-in-law, who has two little girls. Does anyone know a website where I can order these things that ships to the Netherlands?

1:34PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Thanks Brandi.

1:01AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Thanks for the informative article.

3:55PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Clif bars are also really good and really healthy. Recommended for athletes. :)

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