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How to Eat Safe at Sleepovers

by Erika Macchione on November 21, 2022

I used to have sleepovers with my friends all the time but when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease sleepovers became a little bit harder. Some families would try to make their food Gluten Free, but it wasn't, and sometimes it is hard to tell adults that they did something wrong, even though they tried. Once, a family made tacos and they thought it was safe for me to eat, but the seasoning wasn’t gluten-free, and I knew it. Now, when I go to my friends' houses I usually bring my own food. Sometimes it is just easier. I thought I would share some of the things I usually bring when having a sleepover or going somewhere. 

For breakfast, I typically eat eggs when I stay at a friend’s house. Sometimes I bring gluten-free muffins from Trader Joe's. They have different flavors. For lunch and dinner, I really like chicken nuggets and french fries. My favorite chicken nuggets are the Perdue GF Nuggets and my favorite fries are the Ore Ida French Fries.  I also like the Foster Farms GF Corndogs and Freschetta GF PizzaKraft GF Mac and cheese is my favorite pasta. I don’t like Annie’s Mac n Cheese. All of these are easy to cook and I can make them on my own at a sleepover. I use foil when cooking things in the oven. I also bring lots of snacks like chips, pretzels, and popcorn. 

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