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Need ideas for children lunches

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I have a 3yr old who can be very fussy, we have only gone full Paleo in the last couple of weeks. I have done Paleo or similar lifestyle diets before but generally my son still has bread. This time I have decided to cut him off of it all as well. I am stumped for ideas for him at day care, and then school next yr. He can be very fussy and wont eat salad which makes it a little difficult. I have done tuna to death and now he will barely touch it, which is easy at home because I just cook him something. He loves his fruit and will eat bucket loads of it but I don't feel it is substantial enough for a very active child at day care.. Any ideas would be fantastic!!

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on April 10, 2013
at 02:13 PM

Just a word of warning from a Paleo-Parent who has 4 kids (ages 8, 6, 3, & 16 months): Kids actually need more carbohydrate intake than adults. Taking bread away is a challenge, so you might want to consider making your 3-year-old "paleo-ized" breads or bready creations. Yes, it's wise to reduce breads with HFCS and other nasties, but ultimately good bread is not evil for children. There is some guidance here: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/08/carbohydrate-recommendations-for-kids.html Mark Sisson and Paul Jaminet also address this issue. A little research goes a long way...

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on April 10, 2013
at 06:04 AM

I don't even have kids, and that inspired me for my own lunches

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on March 14, 2013
at 03:15 AM

I'll see what I can find :) haven't really had the chance to look around and I am in a smallish town so certain things are hard to find

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:14 PM

Squeeze ems? Hmm, I see they are BPA free, but I'm still leery of all plastics for kids' food containers. What about a stainless steel bottle? They make them in small sizes for kids.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:10 AM

Hadn't thought about a lunch box with dividers, that would be so much easier than trying to fit the 4-5 little containers I have been using into his cooler bag. I have also recently seen 'squeeze-ems' on fb which I have decided will be perfect. I had been relying on poppers that are 99% reluctantly because it was the only solution I had but I will be making him smoothies etc to take now that I have found 'squeeze-ems'

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:07 AM

Thank you.. that link is fantastic!!

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:58 AM

Bento boxes, not boys! LOL!!

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on March 13, 2013
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Absolutely--bento type boys with little compartments. Google bento and you'll see lots of cut ideas on how to make it attractive and exciting for kids. They love dip, so how about veggies in cute shapes, hard boiled eggs, olives/pickles, sliced meats etc with dip?

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on March 27, 2013
at 02:39 AM

There are a couple of paleohacks threads already about this. Here's one I could find quickly. http://paleohacks.com/questions/141196/paleo-lunch-box

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:07 AM

For a little kid, I would think a lunch box with dividers that you can put different finger foods in, like nuts, boiled eggs, picked/raw veg (carrot sticks etc), leftover chicken, beef jerky, avocado slices, dried fruit...something like this (courtesy of Chris Kresser):

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=513139985404936&set=pb.212758788776392.-2207520000.1363136739&type=3&theater

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:57 AM

Absolutely--bento type boys with little compartments. Google bento and you'll see lots of cut ideas on how to make it attractive and exciting for kids. They love dip, so how about veggies in cute shapes, hard boiled eggs, olives/pickles, sliced meats etc with dip?

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:58 AM

Bento boxes, not boys! LOL!!

Dd9a73f034e9e58a9b33fd8cc99be725

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:10 AM

Hadn't thought about a lunch box with dividers, that would be so much easier than trying to fit the 4-5 little containers I have been using into his cooler bag. I have also recently seen 'squeeze-ems' on fb which I have decided will be perfect. I had been relying on poppers that are 99% reluctantly because it was the only solution I had but I will be making him smoothies etc to take now that I have found 'squeeze-ems'

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on March 13, 2013
at 07:14 PM

Squeeze ems? Hmm, I see they are BPA free, but I'm still leery of all plastics for kids' food containers. What about a stainless steel bottle? They make them in small sizes for kids.

Dd9a73f034e9e58a9b33fd8cc99be725

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on March 14, 2013
at 03:15 AM

I'll see what I can find :) haven't really had the chance to look around and I am in a smallish town so certain things are hard to find

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:52 AM

This should get your inspired. http://everydaypaleo.com/school-lunch-ideas/

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:07 AM

Thank you.. that link is fantastic!!

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on April 10, 2013
at 06:04 AM

I don't even have kids, and that inspired me for my own lunches

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on April 10, 2013
at 01:05 PM

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on April 10, 2013
at 10:29 AM

Definitely, the lunch carrier you choose helps. Bento-style helps because it encourages you to include several different things, which leaves more of a chance that your child will eat. I wasn't a fan of the laptop lunchboxes, but I do like their philosophy, which is that kids should open their lunch to see the entire thing, and it should be visually appetizing.

I used this one with my daughter when she was in preschool: http://www.amazon.com/Sassy-On-Go-Feeding-Set/dp/B003JHREL4

We now use a PlanetBox. http://www.planetbox.com/

This woman publishes pictures/explanations of lunchboxes she makes for her child and husband. (She's using the laptop lunchbox system, by the way.) http://www.primalkitchen.blogspot.com/

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on March 27, 2013
at 02:47 AM

My kids (age 8 and 10) have eaten a "brought" lunch every day of their school lives (except one day that my daughter lost her lunch and had to ask the teacher for help), partly because even they say that the school lunch options are scary.

Frankly, my kids say they feel very rushed at school and don't like eating in that environment, and while they technically have a "meal" there, they are kind of ambivalent about what they get because they figure they'll just snack and eat something substantial at home. Which of course suites me just fine because the food options are pretty treacherous there.

My son has taken a liking to Trader Joe's frozen gyoza. This is not great from a paleo perspective, I think it's technically paleo because it's all rice flour, but it does have some protein, not too many preservatives, and he can snarf down 5 or 6 of them and be full enough that he isn't dead on his feet when he gets home. So he gets this about 90% of the time. It is a funny thing but he seems to like getting the exact same thing every day just so he doesn't have to think about it, but he has a full and varied appetite at dinner. Besides that we give him things like almonds, roasted seaweed, beef or buffalo jerky, dried fruits, etc.

My daughter is a little fussier but eats even less at lunch so she gets carrot sticks or celery, nuts (we are just starting to get her to eat these), dried fruit (especially mango), beef or buffalo jerky, and maybe something like girl scout cookies. This is about 80% paleo but really we feel that this is a brief 100-200 calorie snack during the day, and we try to get a solid breakfast into them before they go and plan on a solid snack when they get home at 3-4pm and figure that the time between is pretty much lost.

My kids have heroic, fully Paleo nutritious meals for dinner including grass-fed beef, offal, kale chips, roasted sweet potatoes, rice, multiple other veggies, followed by 80-90% dark chocolate, etc. so we figure that if they don't eat well during the day we can give them half of their daily calories at dinner and everyone's happy.

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