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Kid Friendly Paleo Box Lunches
When we decided to switch the entire family to a Paleo diet, my first concern was “What the heck do I make my kids for lunch?” “Does Paleo Kids lunches even exist?”. I mean, the only way a kid will eat lunch is if it’s served between two slices of bread, right? The first solution was to make “paleo” bread. Basically, tasteless quick bread. It satisfied their need for a sandwich, especially when served open-face and covered in egg salad. But I didn’t really like it and didn’t want to have to make bread all the time (not that it was hard). Plus, that’s really just paleo-fying something, not truly paleo. So I came up with other ideas.
Luckily, our kids have always liked fruits and veggies. They never have been too much on the junk food side. We have never had to hide them in other foods or trick them to eat their greens. But I didn’t want them to miss their sandwiches and I wanted them to have a nice variety of foods every day in every meal.
I try to balance out their lunches with a protein (usually eggs, meat, or egg/chicken/tuna salad), some fruits and veggies, and then a little snack (like dates, homemade Larabars, trail mix, applesauce, etc). It’s never really the same and I think they really love it that way. And the lunch boxes always come back empty so I know they really do love it and can wait until dinner without starving.
These box lunch ideas aren’t just for kids, it’s easy to have a paleo lunch at work now.
Tuna Salad; Applesauce; Carrot Sticks; Cucumbers; Plum Tomato; Strawberry; Blueberries; Dates; Nuts
Papaya; Egg Salad with Paleo Mayo; Cucumber Sticks; Plum Tomatoes; Yellow Bell Peppers
Tuna Salad; Mango Chunks; Carrots; Plum Tomatoes; Strawberries; Chocolate Brownie Bites
Turkey BLTA Roll-Ups; Strawberries; Dates; Grapes; Sugar Snap Peas
Mango; Hard-Boiled Eggs; Cucumber Sticks; Carrot Sticks; Tomatoes; Paleo Ranch Dressing
Turkey BLTA Roll-Ups; Date; Strawberries; Mango; Carrot Sticks; Cucumber Sticks
Also, I really love these little divided Ziploc tupperware containers. They come in a 2-pack at the grocery store for under $4. I need to get more because I’d really like to prepare a few days worth of lunches at the same time (of course some stuff would have to wait until the day of to add to the paleo lunch box).
Occasionally I’ll add a full grain free salad with cherry tomatoes or some vegetables in the main part, with a small container of paleo friendly dressing on the side. That’s also a hit. Especially when there’s bacon involved. Just sayin’…