Over the past decade, more and more people have been eating gluten-free for a variety of reasons.
Not just because they suffer from celiac disease – a serious autoimmune disease in which the digestion of gluten leads to damage to the small intestine – but also because they follow a Paleo lifestyle or a low-carb diet.
Personally, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free foods as part of the Autoimmune Protocol. But there’s one meal I struggle with: lunch time.
You see, I’m from the Netherlands, and a typical Dutch lunch consists of a whole wheat sandwich with cheese or deli meats. We love our bread, so much so that we pack our work lunch boxes with ‘boterhammen’, bring bread rolls on a day out and eat toasties in lunchrooms.
Now when I’m at home, I don’t mind whipping up a veggie-packed omelet or heating up leftovers from last night’s dinner. But on days when I’m off to the playground with my kids, I really miss simply putting sandwiches in my bag and heading out the door. Carrying a thermos of soup around on my bicycle feels like a recipe for disaster, so what other portable, no-heat, gluten-free lunch options are out there?
Before we dive in, let me get one thing straight: gluten are not necessarily your food enemy. Not everyone has to avoid the protein found in grains like wheat barley and rye. But if you do want to go gluten-free, check out these 11 ideas for a gluten-free lunch box.
Make Ahead Meal Prep Mini Frittatas from 31 Daily
Best Ever Tuna Salad from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
(Just choose gluten-free crackers, pita breads or tortilla chips to go with the tuna salad)
Gluten-Free Chicken & Waffles from This Mess is Ours
Paleo Pancakes Breakfast Meal Prep Bowls from Smile Sandwich
Pizza Party Lunch Box from Martha Stewart
No Cook Taco Salad Bento Box Recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron
Thai Chickpea Mason Jar Salad from Sweet Peas and Saffron
Stuffed Sweet Potato, Berries & Cashews from Olivia B.
Healthy Keto No-Cook Bento Lunch Box from Keto Diet App
Spiralized Zucchini Chicken Noodle Soup Jar from The Girl On Bloor
Sweet Potato & Za’atar Pancake Picnic Rolls from Green Kitchen Stories
What do you pack in your gluten-free lunch box?
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