The kids are back at school, the house is quiet and I am not being asked for a snack every 7 minutes! However, I know they still need plenty of filling and nutritious food to see them through the day and am trying to squeeze it into their lunchboxes.
It can be difficult to come up with new ideas and find easy, wholesome things to include, especially when you are dealing with allergies.
So I was really excited to see MadeGood granola bars have reached the UK as I have often seen my friends in North America feature them as one of their go-to snacks. They are free from gluten, milk, egg, nuts, sesame and in fact all the top 14 allergens.
They are organic and come in three flavours – chocolate chip, chocolate banana, and mixed berry. They also have added vitamins from vegetable extracts and you can get over 50% of your recommend vitamin D intake from one bar! They are now available to buy in Asda.
To celebrate their arrival, and help give you some inspiration, I have put together three lunchboxes that are all top 14 free.
- MadeGood mixed berry granola bar – These ones are my favourite and I’ll be keeping one in my handbag as I always like to have some snacks to hand. I think they are particularly nice for an easy on-the- go breakfast.
- Corn crisps – I love that my kids are just as happy with these crisps as they are with more salt laden alternatives
- Carrots and cucumber – Miss A won’t eat cooked carrots but loves them raw and crunchy
- Gluten free wraps with ham – J is not keen on bread and sandwiches, but will eat wraps and I like to know he’s had something filling
- Rasberries and blackberries – We love foraging in the fields for blackberries and they are a lovely autumnal snack
- MadeGood chocolate banana granola bar – The yellow packaging on this one is so sunny and brightens up any lunchbox and I like the balance between the chocolate and fruit flavours.
- Rice cakes – These are a good, crunchy, low fat snack that the kids love.
- Broccoli and sweetcorn gluten free pasta salad – Pasta is always a winner in our house. The broccoli adds extra protein but you can use different veg – I often us tomatoes instead of sweeetcorn.
- Cranberries, pumpkin seeds and dairy free chocolate – Cranberries are an easy sweet hit with added pumpkin seeds for more protein and anything with extra chocolate feels like a treat!
- Grapes – Always going to be a classic lunch box staple!
- Made Good chocolate chip granola bar – This one was the kids’ favourite. I had no doubt it would be! It feels like a real treat.
- Strawberries – Always a hit with my two. If I cut them up J complains they are ‘slimy’ so I keep them whole.
- Oat cakes with sunflower seed butter and jam – I love sunflower seed butter and it is a great, protein packed alternative to peanut butter
- Popcorn – I think out popcorn maker has to be the best used gadget in our kitchen!
- Mini corn and red pepper – It’s good to add some colourful veg and a bit of texture. My sesame free hummus makes a good dip with these.
I think Made Good granola bars are a great addition to any lunch box. They are very healthy and inclusive, catering for all top allergies, but don’t look or taste ‘free from’. They would be a great treat for non-allergy kids too who have any nut restrictions at school or want to have a treat they eat around their friends. I also like the understated packaging that makes them equally suitable for teenagers or adults who want a safe snack on the go.
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