Gluten-free, Casein-free, Egg-free Lunches for School

Back in July we confirmed via testing that my son is sensitive to gluten and casein. But there were also a few surprise findings. It turns out he is highly sensitive to eggs (the whole egg, not white versus yolk), and moderately sensitive to mustard and garlic (Gasp! We are Italian…this just isn’t fair!)

This means that while we are trying to heal the gut, I can’t even use gluten-free bread for sandwiches since it is made with egg (and egg derivatives).  You can imagine my anxiety over lunch packing as we head back to school.

I’ve started thinking outside the box…or perhaps into the box. I bought a bigger lunchbox that can hold a variety of plastic containers since I’m going to need to get creative with the lunch menu.

Here is my game plan- lunches are going to be comprised of:

Protein – lunchmeat (organic, nitrate and caseinate free whenever possible)
Veggies – either veggies themselves or a small salad with gluten-free, dairy-free dressing
Crackers or chips –  for some crunch, being sure to rotate the kinds (i.e. rice, kale, potato, etc)
Something Sweet – whether fruit, a fruit salad or homemade gluten-free, dairy-free sweets like garbanzo bean chocolate chip cookies
Drink – water based, like homemade chia water or electrolyte drink. Of course, plain ‘ol water is always good but it’s fun to mix it up.

 Gluten-free, Casein-free Lunch Ideas


Chia Water: Take a few sips of water out of the bottled water. Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and top off with your child’s favorite juice. Mix well and let it set in the fridge overnight. The chia seeds become gelatinous and create a fun “textured” drink.  The consistency tastes a lot like drinking melting gelatin. My son loves it.


What are you packing for lunch?


  1. says

    I love the tip about chia water – I’ll be trying that for myself since my son is grown. I sympathize with you about the egg sensitivity. Our son had to be gluten/casein, and egg free as well as reacting to all fructose as well. It was challenging, but worth it. By the teen years his gut was healing and slowly more and more foods could be tolerated. As an adult, he can now eat most foods just fine.

  2. says

    At least he can still eat meat. We are well into our 100 day vegetarian real food challenge. I have a great recipe for raw cookies that consist primarily of dates, walnuts and oats if you are interested. I think it is compatible with the diet. Also I have great tomato gazpacho and watermelon gazpacho recipes which your son should tolerate and my kids love. His classmates complain because of the garlic smell (which can easily be eliminated).

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