Thank you to Linda @ Gluten Free Homemaker for putting together such a great event! Linda has pooled together 10 experts who each have chosen an area to focus on for daily, brief tips relating to starting or maintaining a gluten free lifestyle. You will need to visit each individual blog to see their daily tips and advise. I am happy to be participating and will be sharing tips on lunchboxes and snacks!
Here are the topics I’ve covered in this series of gluten free lunchboxes:
- Reusable Lunchbox Wares
- Sweet GF Wrap Ideas
- Packing a Balanced Lunchbox
- Stocking Up w/ an Oatmeal Snack Cookie
- Lunch on a Stick
- Gluten & Dairy Free Dips & Spreads for a Lunchbox
- 10 GF Wrap Ideas
- Making Use of Leftovers,
- Muffins & Waffles for a Lunchbox?!
- Top Foods for a Healthy Lunchbox,
Today’s Theme: Dips & Spreads
Dips and spreads are an easy way to add zing to any vegetable, sandwich, or fruit within a lunchbox. Some dips are substantial enough to eat alone, and some are perfect for coercing interest in those fruits and vegetables that sometimes get ignored within a child’s lunchbox. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
- Hot Nacho ‘Cheese’ Dip: You know the nasty processed stuff they serve at concessions that all kids love? Well I have one made with all wholesome ingredients, dairy free, gluten free, and it tastes JUST LIKE the fake cheese stuff! Uncanny!
- Smoked Turkey & Vegetable Dip: Delicious with your favorite cracker, rolled up in a wrap, or scooped up with crunchy Romain or endive spears…this is one of my favorite light lunches!
- Artichoke Dip: Not your typical creamy cheese laden one, this is a light and fresh dip that can used to liven up any wrap or sandwich, as a cracker or crostini dip, or with fresh veggies.
- Hummus: With more recipes than you can shake a stick at, pick your favorite rendition and consider adding the following to personalize it: sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pickled jalepenos, chipotle puree
- Curry Ranch Dressing @ Gluten Free Goddess: I would leave the curry out, but this looks great, and I LOVE cashew cream! I have also made a cream of soaked raw sunflower seeds, quite tasty in this application!
- Mayonnaise-Style w/ no Mayo Veg Dip @ Whole New Mom: Perfect for all you veggie dipping! Looks outstanding!
SWEET (all healthy and not a dessert in-hiding!):
- Apple-Cinnamon-Yogurt Dip: consider using a plain allowed yogurt and using honey or stevia to taste. Commercial flavored yogurt has as much sugar as a candy bar, avoid it if you can! Another strategy is to mix a sweetened container w/ half plain to reduce the sugar by half.
- Caramel Yogurt Dip: I would use palm sugar instead!
- Raw Salted Caramel Dip@ My New Roots: Good land, this stuff is AMAZING!
- Fruit Salsa: This is always a hit, and very easily adaptable to personal preferences. I usually leave the additional sugar out, or add a little bit of honey with the lime juice!
- Marshmallow Creme Dip: I made my own honey sweetened marshmallow creme and mixed it with an equal amount of allowed cream cheese and enough milk to achieve the consistency I was looking for….delicious!
- Low-Fat Peanut Butter Dip: One of my favorites…which I rarely make now since my son is IgE positive for peanuts…we avoid them and don’t buy peanut products. Sigh! So stinkin good!Don’t forget to visit each blog to see other helpful advise and hints!
- Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
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