– Gluten free wrap (containing buckwheat & sorghum flours) made with 1/8 avocado mixed with lactose-free cream cheese and roast turkey
- Brown rice crackers, sliced cheddar cheese
- Homemade low FODMAP muesli bar with pumpkin seeds
- Cherry tomatoes, cucumber
Building a healthy lunchbox for your child is hard enough without the added complication of dietary restrictions – even temporary ones like the low FODMAP diet.
Here are some tips to guide your packing:
1. START WITH A LITTLE LOW FODMAP SEASONAL FRUIT
Think of a serving size similar to your child’s fist.
Cutting up fruit and putting it into a smaller container for protection prevents squashing and is quick and easy for kids to eat.
2. ALWAYS INCLUDE PROTEIN
This helps to fill kids up. If your child comes home “starving” and tends to over indulge in afterschool snacks and then isn’t hungry for dinner, consider increasing the protein content of their lunchbox.
Good sources of low FODMAP protein include:
- MEAT & POULTRY (e.g. leftover roast meats, garlic and onion free patties and meatballs or deli meats),
- FISH (e.g. tinned tuna/salmon, smoked salmon, garlic and onion free fish patties),
- EGGS (e.g. hard boiled eggs, frittata, egg slices),
- NUTS (if your child’s school permits!) & SEEDS (e.g. 10 almonds/hazelnuts/peanuts/mixed nuts, pumpkin/sunflower seeds or homemade trail mix/muesli bars/spreads made with Low FODMAP nuts* and/or seeds*) as well as
- DAIRY PRODUCTS (e.g. hard yellow cheese, lactose free yoghurt/custard).
While it’s a good idea to fill sandwiches, wraps and rolls with protein, it can also be included separately.
TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT
– homemade low FODMAP muesli bar with pumpkin seeds, cheddar cheese slices
BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT
– low FODMAP chicken patties, roast turkey from the deli, almonds
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends around 5 serves of vegetables for school aged children, making it nearly impossible for kids to get the veggies they need just from their dinner plate.
Dips can make vegetables more appealing for some kids. Try lactose free cream cheese or a homemade low FODMAP dip with garlic-infused oil.
4. INCLUDE WHOLEGRAIN BREADS & CEREALS
Choose breads, wraps, crackers and biscuits based on low FODMAP whole grains, such as, brown rice, buckwheat*, millet, oats*, quinoa, sorghum, or spelt sourdough*.
When baking, choose recipes that incorporate whole grains, such as our low FODMAP ANZAC cookies with oats
Always include a water bottle and keep food fresh and safe, use ice blocks or frozen water bottles and an insulated bag.