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Gluten-Free Bento Boxed Lunches for Celiac Dieting, Part 2

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

 

 

Don’t stress over packing healthy, celiac-friendly school lunches that are gluten-free.  Here are some easy, fun, and yummy ideas for bento box lunch meals.

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Gluten Free Bento Heaven

If you read Part 1, Five Reasons to Go Bento on Gluten Free, then you already know that bento boxes are God’s gift to gluten-free dieting. Now, what are you going to do with that information?  To start you off on the road to happy bento boxing, here are some tips from the experts:

Bento Lunchbox Tips

1- Make it gluten-free! Fortunately, bento box lunches marry well with gluten-free dieting.  That’s because staple bento lunch ingredients include gluten-free foods like rice, eggs, and fish, in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables.  Your only challenge- finding gluten-free soy sauce.

2- Make it fun! Buy a bento box that matches your child’s personality. Bento box themes range from Pokemon, space robots, and sports to panda bears, puppy dogs, and everybody’s favorite, Hello Kitty.

3- Make it hot or cold! Cold bento lunches are a snap to put together, but don’t forget those chilly winter school days!  Many bento boxes come with insulation to keep your cold salads crisp, and your warm chowders steamy.

GLUTEN-FREE BENTO BOXED LUNCHES FOR CELIAC DIETING, PART 2, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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4- Make it personal! Let your kids help you put together their lunch ingredients. You supply the fixins, like carrot sticks, rice balls, tuna salad, boiled eggs, and cut fruit.  Your kids can assemble the whole kit and caboodle.

5- Make it awesome! You don’t need to be a master at food artistry to concoct some cool-looking sides with real “wow!” appeal.  Use common tools like cookie cutters, egg slicers, ice cube trays, and ice cream sandwich molds to whip up some unique, whimsical snack creations.  Add sliced nori for “eyes,” or design healthy edible decorations out of egg sheets.  Let your imagination run wild!

6- Make it economical! Bento lunch meals are cheap because they utilize inexpensive, basic staples like rice, eggs, fruits, and vegetables.  Bento lunches are also practical, in that they use up leftovers and other single-serving snacks.

Here are a few recipes your family will love:


Tofu “sandwich bread”

Gluten-free breads are a popular alternative for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.  Here is a clever recipe that incorporates sliced tofu instead of sliced bread.  Try it out, and let us know how it tastes!  Low Carb Gluten-Free Freeze Dried Tofu Fried “Sandwich Bread”

Cute Japanese molded eggs

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Have a blast making these fun Japanese egg molds.  It takes some practice, but the results are, in a word, egg-ceptional  (Sorry).

Rice balls (onigiri)

GLUTEN-FREE BENTO BOXED LUNCHES FOR CELIAC DIETING, PART 2, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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Onigiri- it’s like sushi, only without the fish.  Here are some instructions for making perfect onigiri rice balls.

Bento Bear

Once you’ve mastered the art of making perfect rice balls and molded boiled eggs, you might like to try this next adorable, yet edible teddy bear treat: Cute Bear Bento – Gluten Free Meatloaf Recipe.

Read more about Gluten-Free Dieting:

Gluten-Free Bento Boxed Lunches for Celiac Dieting, Part 1

8 Great Gluten-Free Copycat Recipes, Larabars and Babycakes +

References:

Gluten Free Lunch Ideas Just Bento

Speed Tips for Packing Lunch Lunch in a Box

GF Bento Lunch Gluten Free Gobsmacked


Gluten-Free Bento Boxed Lunches for Celiac Dieting, Part 1

Monday, August 29th, 2011

 

 

Packing lunches for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can be costly.  Bento boxes are the perfect venue for restrictive gluten free diets.

GLUTEN-FREE BENTO BOXED LUNCHES FOR CELIAC DIETING, PART 1, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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Why Gluten Free?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the intestinal linings, specifically in the presence of gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, corn, rye, spelt, Kamut and triticale.  For that reason, people who suffer from celiac disease are required to follow a gluten-free celiac disease restrictive diet.

Gluten can lurk in many baked goods, packaged food items, and condiments.  Although many food items carry “gluten-free” labeling, the best way to avoid accidentally consuming gluten is by checking ingredient labels carefully, checking also for gluten cross-contamination warnings.

GLUTEN-FREE BENTO BOXED LUNCHES FOR CELIAC DIETING, PART 1, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

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Who Else Eats Gluten-Free?

Other people who follow gluten-free dieting are individuals who are allergic to gluten, and others who suffer from gluten intolerance.  Also, many parents of autistic children find that gluten-free foods agree better with their children’s digestive system.  Increasingly, more sufferers of fibromyalgia claim that switching to a gluten-free diet has alleviated many of their pain symptoms.

Why Go Bento?

Bento is the Japanese version of a brown-bagged lunch, only much healthier…not to mention, better for the environment.  Bento boxes are easy to find, but if you don’t feel like ordering a Hello Kitty bento box for your celiac kiddo, don’t worry.  In a pinch, you can utilize standard Rubbermaid or Ziploc brand containers for your bento boxing needs.

The many benefits of bento boxing are too numerous to count, but let’s try:

1- Perfect pair. Bento boxing and gluten-free dieting is a match made in heaven.  Traditional Japanese cuisine already contains foods that are compatible with celiac disease dieting.

2- Portion controlled. The number one strategy for any diet is controlling the amount you eat.  Bento boxes contain sectioned food trays, allowing for perfect food group rationing, for you portion control freaks out there.

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3- Pleasing to the eye. Tasty food alone doesn’t suffice for your fussy eaters; it should look good, too.  Studies prove that people “taste with their eyes” before they take that first bite.  Popular bento treats include rice balls (onigiri) and molded eggs, formed with fun animal-shaped molds, and veggies or fruit in appealing cookie-cutter figures.

4- Planet-friendly. By using a bento box, you cut out a substantial amount of waste, including brown bags, sandwich bags, plastic forks, and paper packaging

5- Pocket-friendly. Let’s not forget, you save a ton of money when you go bento.  Where a typical lunch may cost upwards of $20.00, a prepackaged bento boxed lunch will only run you a couple bucks, especially if you utilize last night’s dinner leftovers.

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Read More about Gluten-Free Diets:

Gluten-Free Bento Boxed Lunches for Celiac Dieting, Part 2

Celiac Summer, Part 1:Plan a Fun and Gluten-Free Disney Vacation

Celiac Summer, Part 2: Gluten-Free Road Trippin’

15 Gluten-Free Glitterati, from Aniston to Zooey

References:

What’s for Lunch? Enter the Bento Box, a Touch of Japan NY Times

Gluten-Free Bento Boxes: No More Paper Lunch Bag! Hazel Brown

6 Tips + 75 GF School Lunch Ideas = Happy Kids Gluten Freeville

Cute Food- The Adorable, Edible Art Of Kawaii Cooking Kawaii Bento Club

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