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School lunches
January 3, 2014
10:47 AM
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Paul Lussier
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Laurela said

Hi I'm getting ready to start the 21DSD Jan. 1st. I'm wondering what I can pack for my kids lunches instead of sandwiches. My main concern is what won't spoil by lunchtime? I was thinking salads since my kids already love them, however I worry lettuce will wilt or veggies might go icky. I'm just kinda lost after the last 5 years of packing sandwiches.

Hi Laurela,

We use a lot of deli meat. Mostly turkey and roast beef. My wife and I tend to take salads with us to work and we usually throw some turkey on those for our protein. The kids usually get 1-2 slices rolled up, some apple slices, home made apple sauce, or other kind of fruit. Both of my kids love olives and often take those. One loves tomatoes, so she'll take a bunch of cherry tomatoes for lunch with her protein. In general, they tend to get the same things quite often, but they don't seem to care much.

Other things we've sent to school for snacks and lunches are:
- Various cheeses
- Olives (stuffed, green, black, whole, etc.)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Grapes
- Various deli meats (we get the cleanest, sugar-free stuff we can find)
- Sliced apples
- Coconut flakes
- Kiwi
- Homemade Dried fruits (we have a dehydrator and will dry all sorts of fruits and melons)
- Homemade Beef jerky
- Thanksgiving leftovers (chunks of turkey)
- Homemade apple sauce
- Homemade apple crisp

Basically, once you figure out things your kids like, just stick with it. Every now and then "surprise" them with something different. I've also found they seem more excited about mundane things when I make a big deal about how exciting it is to have something different :)

I hope that helps.

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December 30, 2013
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Hi Laurela,

Yay, good for you doing the 21DSD with your family! Everyone gave you great ideas! I only have one son left at home now but I pack his and my husband's lunch. We use thermos's (http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-.....ds=thermos) to pack soups, stews, chili, etc. I also use them for meat and veggies. The trick to keeping them warm is to fill them with hot water first (I do that first thing in the morning when I wake up, before I start breakfast and packing the lunches). Salads actually work really well if you pack the dressing separately (we use this: http://www.amazon.com/Evrihold.....ing+holder). Sometimes I wrap veggies in thinly sliced meat and secure with a toothpick.

I wish you the best! :)

Holly Morello, NTP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Lead Content Developer/Researcher for Balanced Bites & Nourishing Excellence Nutritional Therapy, LLC
December 30, 2013
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Thank you for the great links and ideas! Since the kids are going to do the 21DSD with me they cant have much fruit. They do love apples so I'm going to go with granny smith and some almond butter.

December 29, 2013
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Hi Laurela,

Another good resource (Nom Nom Paleo is great too) is The Paleo Mom. She has a great resource list for school lunches.

http://www.thepaleomom.com/201.....eyond.html

~April

December 28, 2013
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I don't have kids, but Nom Nom Paleo's lunch ideas might help – http://nomnompaleo.com/post/59.....nd-up-2013

Some of those look pretty darned tasty.

December 28, 2013
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Hi Laurela! Welcome aboard!
I pack lunches for my boys 3 days a week and I usually do some sort of cut up protein; grass fed steak or hot dogs, rotisserie chicken, and a half of a hard boiled egg. I usually put in baby carrots and snap peas or precooked broccoli and some fruit; grapes, berries, apples. (are your kids doing the detox? will you keep with fruits for them?) Salads might not travel well as you mentioned. I usually just focus on a protein and veggies with a bit of fruit. I put a ice pack in their bag so it stays cool.
Once you get used to thinking "out of the sandwich box" it becomes really easy. Good luck!

December 28, 2013
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Hi I'm getting ready to start the 21DSD Jan. 1st. I'm wondering what I can pack for my kids lunches instead of sandwiches. My main concern is what won't spoil by lunchtime? I was thinking salads since my kids already love them, however I worry lettuce will wilt or veggies might go icky. I'm just kinda lost after the last 5 years of packing sandwiches.

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