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|Grilled chicken, olives, pomegranate and rutabaga sticks.|
Here in the US I pack my children's school lunches and snacks (I still don't get it why they would need a snack in between breakfast they've had right before school at home and school lunch, it is just a few hours and the snack just spoils the appetite for lunch in my humble opinion). I pack them mostly paleo foods and the lunch consists of a protein (meat, mushrooms or nuts or seeds), a serving of vegetables and a serving of fruit or berries. Leftovers from last night's dinner are great. For snack I add one serving of veggies, fruit or nuts.
I use a bento box type lunch box with compartments to separate the different foods. My favorites are Planet Box and Lunch Bots. They are durable stainless steel lunch boxes with compartments and they are free from plastic (which I am afraid can contain chemicals that leach in to the food). I pack the stainless steel box in an insulated lunch bag.
|Cucumber slices, spinach plantain pancakes,|
water melon and blackberries in a Lunch Bots.
Pick one from each category below and put them in a bento box. You can of course use two or more different kinds of fruit or berries or vegetables at once.
|Spinach pancakes with apple sauce and |
prosciutto wrapped grilled mushrooms
Category 1: Protein
I prefer to buy organic, grass fed and sustainable and without additives.
- Ground beef patty in lettuce wrap (fried the same morning)
- Mushrooms wrapped in prosciutto or bacon grilled in toaster oven that morning
- Nut butter with veggies or fruit
- Nuts or seeds
- Cooked/canned fish
- Epic bar
- Cooked chicken strips (alone or with a Paleo wrap and guacamole, ground beef is nice with the wrap and guacamole too)
- A grilled chicken drumstick
- Lunch meat, liverwurst or fried bacon (some healthy options can be found from US Wellness Meats)
- Cooked shrimp
- Paleo fish sticks (click for a recipe - the same recipe can be used to make paleo chicken nuggets)
- A boiled egg would be perfect if we didn't avoid eggs due to allergies.
- Paleo meat balls
- Green beans
TIP: Use tooth picks to pin liverwurst, lunch meat or sausage pieces together with cucumber slices
I like to use seasonal veggies.
- Spinach pancakes with apple sauce
- Baby carrots or carrot sticks
- Persian cucumbers (whole), or cucumber sticks or slices (a quick ranch dip can be made with coconut kefir, garlic, Herbamare, lemon, parsley)
- Raw rutabaga or turnip sticks
- Steamed broccoli
- Raw cauliflower florets
- Sea weed
- Guacamole (or is avocado technically a fruit?)
- Other fermented veggies
Category 3: Fruit/treat/dessert (or snack)
I like to use seasonal fruit and berries.
- A whole apple/peach/plum
- Orange slices
- Pieces of melon
- A plantain pancake with Sunbutter (we use this one) or nut butter or homemade paleo "nutella" (add raw cacao powder to a nutbutter or use a recipe like this)
- Strawberries with paleo "Nutella"
- Apple sauce
- Fermented apple sauce
- Fruit salad with seasonal fruit
- Paleo muffins (Google for tons of recipes!)
- Coconut balls (kids love to make these themselves)
- Chocolate pudding from avocados
Remember to add an ice pack if you have packed meat. Don't forget water. We use stainless steel water bottles (we use this kind except always with a regular cap, sports caps and sippy cup caps worry me for mouth development issues). We pack a cloth napkin too. The kids can help sew those from leftover fabrics, or choose their own fabrics from the store. My son made a few spider napkins and they are his favorite. It is a nice touch to add a little love note, a joke or a fun fact for the kids who are learning to read. I make mine in our secret language, Finnish.