Back-to-School with Udi’s Gluten-Free Foods

School is back in session and coming up with gluten-free lunch ideas that won’t bore can sometimes be a challenge.

Let Udi’s make it easier (and more fun) with our selection of gourmet snacks and goodies that last will last in your child’s school bag and locker through all those morning activities and into lunchtime.

SONY DSCUdi’s Soft & Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites: Oh man, these are absolutely delicious! You’d never believe they are gluten free. The chocolate chips in the brownie give it a nice added texture.

SONY DSCUdi’s Ancient Grain Crisps with Aged Cheddar: Initially opening the bag it definitely smells aged, but once you get it into your mouth and chew it, they taste great. The family loved it so much, that my husband, who is not gluten free, requested that I make sure to pick up more bags when I’m at the store.

SONY DSCUdi’s White Sandwich Bread: Best gluten-free bread ever. I’ve tried many other brands, but this is by far our favorite. We load it up like a Subway sandwich for lunch, and the bread holds up great… not crumbly or dry at all. The kids even love it toasted in the morning spread with butter and jam.

SONY DSCUdi’s Mighty Bagel: These bagels are awesome! They are not crumbly and dry. The kids love these bagels for breakfast out of the toaster. I’ve also made mini pizza bagels with these as an after school snack, which was a surprise and a huge hit with the kids.

SONY DSCUdi’s Whole Grain Hamburger Buns: Soft, not crumbly, good taste. It’s nice to finally have a complete hamburger, bun and all.

SONY DSCSoft & Sweet Cinnamon Raisin Bread: Soft, sweet and delectable. Warmed up with a little bit of butter spread on with a cup of coffee. Mmmm… makes me think of autumn and all it’s beauty.

SONY DSCHarvest Crunch Muffins: Yummy!!! We had these for breakfast. Even better is that it’s so nutritious made with cranberries, sweet potato, quinoa flour, flax seed, and pepitas. Great way to start the morning.

SONY DSCUdi’s Plain Tortillas: I was so excited to try these, because I honestly miss flour tortillas and was tired of the corn tortillas. Last night, I tried the tortillas for tacos. I threw 4 of them wrapped in a damp paper towel in the microwave for 20 seconds. I wrapped taco meat into the warm tortilla, but disappointed it fell apart. The second time around, I wrapped the tortillas individually in a damp paper towel for 20 seconds and what a difference! Chewy warm tortilla that held all of its taco filling together. Absolutely delicious!!! Today, I made a sandwich wrap for lunch, and again, delicious, chewy and it held the lunch meat together.

SONY DSCUdi’s Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies: I brought a box of these over to my cousin’s house over the weekend. My cousin put them out and within 2 minutes they were all gone. Guests couldn’t believe these cookies were gluten free. They were a little crumbly, but soft and chewy. Extremely tasty!

SONY DSCUdi’s Cherry Walnut Granola Clusters With Omega 3: These are full of taste, great snack at home or on the go. These are clusters full of gluten free oats, ancient grains, fruits and nuts. It is good source of iron. My kids can’t get enough of theses clusters.

Because of Udi‘s products, I can honestly say my children and I don’t feel like we are on a gluten-free diet because of the variety of foods they carry. We can finally have food we have missed eating that actually tastes great and almost, or as close as it can get, to the wheat laden foods. When it comes to gluten-free foods, you can never go wrong with UDI’s brand. My only suggestion is to keep your breads, buns and bagels in the freezer to keep them fresh longer and just take it out when ready to eat it by heating it in the microwave for a few seconds and they come out warm, fresh and not crumbly.

Pret a Paquet

Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 10.18.32 PMPret a Paquet helps consumers “style up their lunch” (think chevron stripes!), featuring BPA-free lunch containers (in portions recommended by a nutritionist) with coordinating, eco-friendly, reusable insulated sleeves.

The Pret a Paquet Lunch Kit is a handy lunch box that makes it easy to pack a stylish healthy, on-the-go lunch. It features compartments to separate food. The container holds enough to fill 35.2 oz./1040 ml/4.4 cups of food and includes a lid and an insulated neoprene sleeve. These are available in two patterns: Blue and black stripe and Peach chevron. It is also made with secure zipper to ensure no
spillage, and is easy to carry, clean, and dry. Best of all, you will be able to find these available exclusively at Target starting April 2013!

This lunch container works great. It helps keep your portions sized correctly. I love the sections, so that my food isn’t mixing into one big mess. It’s all very fashionable, so everybody will want to know where you got it from! Functional and pretty, what more could you want?

Litter Free Lunch

With the school year right upon us, it’s time to start thinking about school lunches. I know, for me, there is nothing worse than the feeling that your packing your kids lunches in brown paper bags every day that they are throwing away. Have no fear though — Litter Free Lunch is here. At Litter Free Lunch, you are able to get lunch bags, sandwich bags, snack bags, and even cloth napkins. You kids can literally go litter free at lunch.

Madison tried one of these bags out last year. She had snack time every day (and most of the time ate hot lunch so we didn’t need it for that). However, for snack time, I sent a snack and juice with her every day. I was able to use one of their bags instead of a brown paper bag, and it held up! Plus, I was able to show Madison (my 6 yr old) about reusing and recycling. I love that most of their products come in multiple colors, so there is something for everyone out there.

If you are trying to make your life more green, I recommend checking out Litter Free Lunch.  Just by NOT brown bagging it, you can help save the environment.