My son has a wheat allergy, so gluten is out for us. He has a lot of allergies, some much more dangerous than the wheat allergy, but I have often said, if I could make one allergy magically disappear overnight, it would be the wheat allergy. Why? Because when you look closely, wheat is in so many things. It’s so frustrating, especially when compounded by other allergies like egg and nuts, because these foods are often used as substitutes for wheat in gluten-free foods.
Over the years (we are nearly five years down the track), I have been so happy with the ever-growing number of gluten-free products on the market. Even supermarket stores like Woolworths and Coles have a pretty good range these days. Not surprisingly, many gluten-free bakeries are popping up, started by mothers and fathers of kids with allergies, or people with coeliac disease. Born from necessity, I really admire that these people are bringing more and more choices to families like us.
My son is about to start school, and out of many worries a mother has when sending her youngest to school, a main concern of mine is what to put in his lunchbox. A regular sandwich won’t be possible.
Over the school holidays we have been trialling a few options. Successful so far:
And a main strategy will be to send him off with a huge breakfast, so if all else fails, he won’t be starving if he just eats his snacks.
I would love to get more suggestions or tips from you. If you have any, please share them below in the comments section.
Mihiri Udabage is a 30-something mother of two, now feeling old enough to use terms like 30-something. She loves Sundays more than Saturdays but is grateful for both. She hates ironing. In between growing up two little citizens, Mihiri spends time working on her on-line Fair Trade and Organic business www.generationwonder.com, volunteering for global charity Room to Read, doing canteen duty at school, and entering Fun Runs she has no hope of actually running. Mihiri has a husband who thinks she is loopy but who supports her anyway. She wishes she had written Twilight but acknowledges that could never happen because she can never remember her dreams. However, Mihiri is about to enrol in a screenwriting course that will see her write a movie that will knock Twilight for a six. Mihiri continues to dream...