You can never have too many lunch ideas in your arsenal.
Many kids with autism eat lunches that are gluten-free, casein/dairy-free, and also nut-free. I recommend that children on the spectrum eat as many real whole foods as possible and limit processed foods with tons of added ingredients and chemicals. Many children also feel better avoiding foods like soy. These lunch ideas check all of those boxes.
Remember than an easy and nutritious lunch:
involves little to no cooking
includes protein + carb + veggie + fruit
is allergen-free (for school) and meets your child’s dietary needs
is fun to eat!
Try these easy gluten-free dairy-free lunches
deli meat + gluten-free bread + carrots + blackberries
scrambled eggs + tortilla + cherry tomatoes + grapes
hummus + gluten-free crackers + snap peas + apple
veggie burger + gluten-free bun + pepper slices + strawberries
refried beans + rice + jicama slices + clementine
hearty soup in a thermos + avocado dip + cucumber slices + banana
bean salad + salsa + celery slices + pear
gluten-free protein pasta + sauce + broccoli bites + dates
Looking for even more ideas for kids on the spectrum? You can find them here.
Take a few minutes to survey your fridge and pantry. Map out a plan of lunches for next week. Create a grocery list so you’re ready to go. Is there anything you can prepare before the week starts? Maybe chop up some veggie slices or portion out dips? (I love the app Wunderlist for making a grocery list my husband and I can share).