My kids are anxiously awaiting their teacher assignments today for the new school year and it got me thinking about school lunches. Here is a quick round-up of some ideas.
People often ask me how I get my kids to eat this way. I do this by getting them involved in the process. They pick out what goes in each compartment and help wash & cut the food. They choose from the choices in our refrigerator/pantry — I choose at the food store. If they feel in control, they are more likely to eat it and try new things. They see it as their choice, not mine.
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The lunchbox they use is a PlanetBox. You can purchase these from Amazon.com or Pottery Barn Kids. Here are some details about the lunchbox — my favorite part is that it is non-toxic and dishwasher safe!
- Complete eco-friendly solution designed to make packing healthy lunches easy and fun
- Includes stainless steel lunchbox, 2 round lidded containers; a soft carry bag, and set of hip magnets
- Individual compartments ensure foods don’t touch each other and arrive looking neat and appealing
- Made out of safe, non-toxic, and recycled materials – no lead, PVC, phthalates, or BPA
- All in one piece design for easy care and cleaning – no mismatched lids to lose – dishwasher safe
There is a pouch that holds a thermos or Klean Kanteen water bottle on the outside of the lunch bag, we always fill this with water and frozen lemon chunks. The frozen lemon keeps the water cold and provides health benefits. Lemon is one of the top six alkaline foods (others include cayenne, root vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens & garlic). An acid body is a magnet for sickness, disease, cancer and aging. Eating more alkaline foods helps shift your body’s pH and oxygenates your system. Alkaline foods keep your body healthy and functioning correctly, preventing and combating cancer. Cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
Another option for water bottles are frozen juice cubes using juice made from a juicer. They help keep the water cold, add some flavor and add a boost of real, natural vitamins.
Read why we don’t give our kids organic milk boxes here.
Paleo School Lunch Ideas
1. Organic turkey & ham, organic cucumbers, organic pickles, organic grapes, organic peaches, organic plums and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks.
2. Organic grapes, organic carrots, organic pickles, organic plums, organic turkey & ham, nitrite free pepperoni and enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks. Applegate farms sells nitrite free pepperoni. If you grocery store does not carry it, talk to a manager and request it if pepperoni is something you enjoy but do not want to consume the nitrates/nitrites.
3. Organic celery (I like to cut the celery in little pieces because I feel like it is easy for them to choke on when cut the long way), organic carrots, organic raisins, mango, kiwi, organic eggs stuffed with tuna salad. The tuna is Wild Planet Tuna mixed with Organic Veganaise & Whole Grain Mustard.
We use Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna, No Salt Added – this tuna has no water, oil or fillers added. Further it contains no BPA, is sustainably caught, is low mercury and high omega 3. Another great thing about this tuna is you don’t have to drain it — the tuna steaks are hand-cut and packed in a micro-cannery process allowing all the omega 3 oils to be retained so no liquid needs to be added.
Some of you have voiced concern about eating tuna due to of the possibility of the tuna being exposed to radiation as a result of the 2011 tsunami in Japan and the subsequently damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Thus, I wanted to share a document written by the President and Founder of Wild Planet, Bill Carvalho, which provides clear, concise information regarding radiation in Wild Planet products. In summary, the best definitive course of action one can take regarding radiation in the food supply is to do precisely what Wild Planet has done; test all loads of fish coming into cold storage before they agree to pay for it. They have found no detectable radiation in any of their last 91 samples of albacore since July of 2012. Carvalho believes that North Pacific fish caught outside of the actual shoreline of Fukushima is very safe. Wile Planet continued the testing protocol throughout 2012 and 2013, and will continue such into 2014. In the past year, Wild Planet has had very few tests with any detectable levels of radiation at all, down to a detection limit of 0.5BQ/kg.
4. Organic chicken breast, watermelon, organic blueberries, organic raspberries, organic carrots, organic pickles and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. I prepare the chicken by coating it with coconut oil or avocado oil and a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt & black pepper. Broil for 10 minutes on each side.
Read about why we use coconut oil here.
Read about why we use Himalayan pink salt here.
5. Shrimp, organic carrots, organic oranges, organic raspberries, organic raisins & Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks.
Shrimp help fight cancer, keep skin, hair and nails healthy, help prevent anemia, boost energy, help build strong bones, help process fats, help fight depression, help promote prostate health, help to keep your thyroid healthy and help stabilize blood sugar levels.
“Shrimp are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which starve tumor cells and help fight cancer. Studies show that eating 8 or 9 shrimp a day can reduce your breast cancer risk. Instead of shrimp, you can substitute any seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids; options include salmon, haddock, flounder and sardines.” – Dr. Oz
7. Egg whites, organic green beans, organic pickles (cut with veggie cutters), organic strawberries & Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
8. Organic chicken, organic strawberries, grapes, green beans, carrots & Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Chunks.
9. Organic carrots, organic dill pickles, organic strawberries, mango, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips & tuna salad. The tuna is Wild Planet Tuna mixed with Organic Veganaise & Whole Grain Mustard.
10. Grilled chicken, pineapple, spinach salad with egg, cucumber, avocado and raw sunflower seeds. We use the lemon as dressing.
11. Grain-Free & nut-free banana muffin, cucumbers (this is the vegetable cutter I used to cut the seeds out), organic hard-boiled egg, organic carrots, organic blackberries, organic raspberries, organic grapefruit and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.
12. Grain-Free & nut-free banana muffin, nitrite free pepperoni (Applegate Farms), organic strawberries, organic roasted cauliflower, organic raspberries, organic grapefruit, organic oranges, pistachios and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.
14. Tuna salad (we use Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna, No Salt Added), organic kosher baby dill pickles, organic strawberries, organic carrots, grain-free granola and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.
18. Organic ham, cantaloupe, watermelon, organic apples, organic carrots, sunflower seeds and a chocolate chip scone made with ground cashews and sweetened with maple syrup.
19. Organic strawberries, mango, grilled chicken (this was leftover chicken from a salad we had at a restaurant), organic carrots, organic apples and sunflower seeds.
20. Organic chicken breast, organic carrots, kiwi, spaghetti squash, watermelon and sunflower seeds.
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~ We need to teach our children TO EAT REAL FOOD. No Fast Foods. No Junk Foods. No Processed Foods. Just Honest, Nutritious, Real Food.