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Offline jess77

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School Lunches
« on: March 29, 2011, 11:29:27 AM »
Sorry if this has been addressed before, I didn't see it if it did.

What do you pack your children for lunch?  My kids are 4, 6 and 13.  They don't have access to a microwave to be able to heat things up, and only have about 15 minutes to eat.  I usually pack them a sandwich, yogurt maybe some pretzels and piece of fruit.  Of course besides the fruit, none of that is paleo food!  What to drink besides water?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  I keep thinking soup in a thermos, but when my kids eat soup at home they end up wearing as much of it as they eat, I'm sure the teacher would LOVE that!

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Re: School Lunches
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 11:51:42 AM »
You can make homemade mayonnaise very simply with oil and egg yolk. Add to this whatever spices you want (garlic, onion powders for ranch flavor) and you have a healthy flavorful dip for veggies. Greek yogurt also serves as a good dip base (if you're still using dairy). You can make homemade jerky, salads, anything really.

Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad

Easiest is probably to make a roast or something on the weekend, slice it thin and pack with veggies and lettuce for "wraps".

There's a new book out "Everyday Paleo" and that's written by a mom who has school age kids - she has a blog too that covers a lot of what you'd be interested in. There are others out there too - google!


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Re: School Lunches
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 04:58:50 PM »
We put beef or fish
plus carrots, or cucumbers, or broccoli, or sweet potatoes
plus hard boiled eggs
plus fruit in season.  Mangoes lately.

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Re: School Lunches
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2011, 04:05:58 AM »
If you can get compartmentalised lunch boxes, you can use the ideas of bento, otherwise just use a normal lunch box to pack lots of individual things.

Little muffins and individual frittatas go down really well. Cube up meat, cut up real paleo sausages, slice meat loaves, veg sticks. Anything ordinary that you can cut into shapes is more attractive. Stuff rolled up is good but it has to stay rolled.

A small wide mouth thermos also means soups and stews.

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Re: School Lunches
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011, 11:51:07 AM »
My husband and I use these: http://www.laptoplunches.com/
They work so well! From what I can tell from the website, kids really love the creative lunches you can provide them. You can also get them involved in building their lunch using those little containers. They have nice suggestions on that website, too. You can pick and choose the paleo options!

Hard boiled eggs are great, plenty of raw veggies (if they'll do it :)) and fruit. Beef jerky, "hummus" made from nuts, etc.