What’s For Lunch?

Posted 11.20.08 | Christine Graham-Garo

Let’s face it, kids are picky. This fact alone makes packing five lunches a week a tough task! And if your little one has food allergies, you’ve got it a little harder. But don’t fret. With a little planning, you can whip up a great bagged lunch in no time.

Relying on the school to provide an allergy-free lunch for your child can often be stressful. Many food allergy parents feel better packing their child’s lunch. It’s an easy way to remain worry-free about what your child is eating at school as well as to ensure that he is getting the proper nutrients.

Here are a few tips on how to pack an allergy-free, nutritionally complete lunch for your school-age kids:
- Plan ahead! It is much easier to make a lunch menu and take a trip to the grocery store when you aren’t on a time crunch.

- Add variety to your little ones lunch so they aren’t tempted to eat off someone else’s plate.

- For the proper nutrients, you can pack a nutritionally complete, hypoallergenic drink, like EO28 Splash. It comes in a drink box and lots of fun flavors, making it easier for the kids to take to school.
- Sneak in an exciting treat. Food allergies can be hard for kids, especially when they are surrounded with foods they can’t have. Throw in a note to say hi or a fun sticker to brighten your child’s day.

And for more great lunch ideas, check out this blog entry from Allergy Moms. What are you packing for your little one this week?

- Christine

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