Eating boxed gluten-free “convenience foods” just are crazy expensive for our family. I would open a box of crackers and they would be gone in one sitting. For some reason, gluten-free boxed foods are smaller in size/quantity, BUT higher in price! Go figure!
My boys go to preschool twice a week, and during that time they have a snack provided for them by the school. It is usually pretzels, animal crackers, or something of that nature. I pack their snack for them to bring to school, so they can have a gluten-free snack.
I realize they are only 3, but there is quite a bit of peer-pressure that goes on at that age! I understand the need for the kids to be similar to their peers and not have that feeling of “being weird.” So I graciously try to find things to help them fit in with what the others are eating.
Jacob (age 3): “Sam brings butter-peanut sandwiches (a.k.a. peanut butter sandwiches) to school, can I be like Sam?”
I made some gluten-free bread using some Pamela’s Bread Mix, and packed him and Logan and sandwich on that day. Both of their teachers commented on how they “couldn’t wait for lunch,” and that “they savored their sandwich.” Having a PB&J everyday would get old and loose it’s appeal, but for every once in a while, it’s special.
Okay, back to their snacks….. at first, I would take the time to pack a snack similar to if we were to have one at home:
- cut up apples
I realized very quickly that they teachers didn’t have time to wait for the kid to eat all that. It had to be a quick snack. One of their teachers mentioned to me that another kid with a gluten allergy had the gluten-free version of animal crackers.
So, I gave them a try, and golly, they’re pretty good! AND “Jacob and Logan approved.” They enjoy their animal crackers at snack time, and they come in a few different flavors. Yes, they still cost me (an arm and a leg!) ton. But it’s half of my kids eating a serving two times a week. So I justify it. It is also only a snack for preschool.
This is my most favorite brand, K-Kritters. It’s base is rice flour.
Until next time, *GRRRRRRROWLLLLLL!!!!!* (like the noise you make when you eat an animal cracker…..)