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kids school lunches

Asked on March 13, 2016
Created July 16, 2013 at 5:45 AM

Hi,

I have three kids ages 9, and 7year old twins. I would love to get some ideas about school lunches and snacks. Most schools are nut free so I don't know what best to give them and it is already a struggle to wean them off pasta and pizza! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

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on July 18, 2013
at 01:19 AM

I was wondering what barbs were.... hehe!!

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on July 17, 2013
at 04:32 PM

*herbs, not barbs. Dang autocorrect!

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on July 17, 2013
at 04:31 PM

I forgot to add that my daughter likes those dolmas (grape leaves stuffed with rice, barbs, and sometimes meat). I buy these pre made and include 1-2 with her salads for lunch.

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on July 16, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Typing "school" into the search bar yielded results. http://paleohacks.com/search?q=school#axzz2ZEFz2vFl

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on July 16, 2013
at 01:51 PM

from what I've read, kids need a naturally high carb diet.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2013/01/muffins/

"Children eat a lot of calories per unit body weight, so they generally aren???t going to be malnourished; a certain amount of empty calories is just fine. And children???s diets should be lower in protein (7% protein at infancy, rising gradually to 15-20% protein in adulthood) and higher in carbohydrate (40% carb at infancy, decreasing to 20-30% carb in adulthood) than adult diets."

So gluten free muffins if you so choose - you can make them with less sugar, I think some with tapioca starch, rice flour, and potato starch wouldn't be so bad. As a kid I loved fruit, fruit, and more fruit - mangoes were my favorite, bananas, berries, apples and cheese, grapes, jicama with lime, watermelon. Also vegetables cut up with dip - carrots, bell peppers, celery. My friend was making her own salads by 8 - cut up tomato and cucumber and onion and corn or bell pepper with tons of feta cheese, salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil. She ate two bowls of this salad every day after school!

You can make a paleo-friendly ranch dressing.

Just make sure to wash the fruit and veg REALLY REALLY well to get off pesticide residues. Like, scrub them, with a brush.

Of course, I'm also rice friendly. But I think onigiri are a great snack (small portable rice ball wrapped with seaweed with a bite of protein inside-hard boiled egg, smoked salmon, bacon, meatball), and I would have loved to get either of these recipes for lunch:

http://newasiancuisine.com/8036-chicken-and-three-color-pepper-stir-fry-bento.html

http://www.justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/chicken-tsukune-stewed-dumplings-panfried-mini-burgers

I think the latter would especially be a hit with your kids. they're delicious!

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on July 17, 2013
at 04:28 PM

I pack lunch for my two teens everyday for most of the year. For my daughter, who tries not to eat too much carbs, I usually pack a salad with sliced steak, lamb, pork, etc., usually leftovers from dinner. My son wants to gain weight and dislikes salads so I pack rice with leftover sliced meat. I also make soups, chili, and stews often for dinner during the winter and pack that for their lunch in thermos containers. Once a week or so, I make them either a hamburger or lamb burger with GF bread slices. The sides are usually some kind of fruit, crudités, and frozen berries with a tablespoon of yogurt on top. I dont insist on my kids keeping 100% Paleo. As long as they are don't eat so much gluten everyday (which they have a mild allergy to), I'm happy.

The only drawback to feeding my kids the best diet possible is all the containers I have to wash everyday. I'm excited to glean some new ideas from this thread for the new school year!

79850813c5cfc0a089e1060ef9b6ed27

(785)

on July 18, 2013
at 01:19 AM

I was wondering what barbs were.... hehe!!

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on July 17, 2013
at 04:32 PM

*herbs, not barbs. Dang autocorrect!

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on July 17, 2013
at 04:31 PM

I forgot to add that my daughter likes those dolmas (grape leaves stuffed with rice, barbs, and sometimes meat). I buy these pre made and include 1-2 with her salads for lunch.

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on July 16, 2013
at 05:59 PM

Your question mentions weening-off. How fully are they intrenched in their eating style and what are they willing to eat? My daughter loves SAD food but only really gets it when she's eating away from home. She also loves fruit, eggs, meat and some veg. Are seed butters off limits at their school? You could make sunflower and honey sandwiches on low carb bread, or pair with carrots or apples. String cheese and turkey or ham roll-ups are on option. You are fighting the good fight so good luck to you.

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on July 16, 2013
at 11:46 AM

I think I've posted on here about this before, but I'm a big fan of choosing the right container. I use a Planet Box for my daughter. They're expensive, but I like that it's stainless steel, and she's going into her third year using it, and it should hold up throughout elementary school. The spaces in container forces us to include a variety of foods.

The woman who blogs at Primal Kitchen (Family Grokumentarian, both there and here on PaleoHacks) posts a lot of lunches she makes for her husband and kiddos. She uses the Laptop Lunch system. Here's her site:

http://www.primalkitchen.blogspot.com/

I don't know if the recipes in this book are kid-friendly, but I've been wanting to check it out: http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1624140165

Michelle at NomNomPaleo.com did a series a while back on school lunches: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/30267255011/a-week-of-paleo-school-lunches-part-1-of-5

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on July 16, 2013
at 06:25 AM

Mine have to have the school lunch as the school wants everyone to have a hot meal with protein etc every day. However ideas might be chicken breast - large quantity, slices of cucumber and raw carrot. Half or a whole avocado sliced. Only ever send them in with water. It is all my children drink. Piece of cooked cold salmon. Slices of roast beef, pork or lamb.

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