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Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for Children With Celiac Disease

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Experts estimate about 2 million people in the United States have celiac disease, and many of those sufferers are children.

Celiac is defined as a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.

This means people with celiac cannot eat foods containing gluten without becoming seriously ill.

Some examples of foods that typically contain gluten are breads, pastas, fried foods, desserts baked with wheat flour, and seasonings/spices containing traces of wheat.

While avoiding gluten may be difficult for an adult, it’s can be extremely difficult for a child in school

So, with the start of a new school year right around the corner, the following gluten-free school lunch ideas may come in handy for parents of children with celiac disease:

  • A fully dressed sandwich on Gluten-Free bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse, Three Bakers, Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bread or O’Doughs Sandwich Thins) with Gluten-Free chips.
  • Gluten-Free meatballs on a Gluten-Free sub roll with a Larabar
  • English muffin pizzas made with Gluten-Free English Muffins
  • Gluten-Free tortillas or wraps with lunch meat and cheese
  • Tuna or chicken salad with Gluten-Free crackers
  • Fully loaded baked potato in foil with toppings
  • Gluten-Free mac and cheese
  • Jambalaya with rice, chicken, and sausage
  • Chocolate rice cakes with whipped cream cheese or peanut butter

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