Making whole foods based lunches for your children may be challenging if you have a picky eater, but you can use lunchtime as an opportunity to educate your children on how the food they eat can affect how they feel and perform.
Encourage your kids to be the ones to choose what goes into their lunches from whole food options that you give them. This way, the food will actually stand a chance of getting eaten. Don’t get caught up in the fact that lunches for you or your kids have to be fancy. Often times the simpler the better…ensure there is protein, vegetables, healthy fat, and fruit or a starchy carbohydrate.
Below are some suggestions of whole food and more optimal processed foods.
Hard boiled eggs Chicken Sausages
Applegate or Thousand Hills Hot Dogs Leftover Crock-pot Chicken
Apple sprinkled w/cinnamon Dried fruit: mango, apricots, etc.
Raw or cooked veggies: carrots, celery, etc. Banana or plantain chips
Ham or turkey roll-up Kerrygold cheese
Fruit: grapes, strawberries, clementine, etc. Dark choc. Chips or a square
Popcorn made with coconut oil Jackson’s Honest brand chips
Nut thin crackers Lara or Kind bars
Paleo muffins or breakfast cookies Paleo Kits from Steve’s Paleo Goods
No sugar added applesauce Leftover beef or pork roast
Applegate pepperoni or salami Leftover meatballs
Medjool dates Maple Hill creamery yogurt
Homemade tuna salad Soups, chili
Clif Kid Organic Fruit Rope YumEarth Organics fruit snacks
Stretch Island Fruit Co. fruit strips That’s It bars
Homemade grain free granola Homemade trail mix
Justin’s Nut Butter packets Coconut butter packets
Chocolate covered almonds Epic Bars or Epic bite-size packets
Here are some great recipes to get you started.
Paleo Ranch Dressing for dipping veggies
Be sure to comment below on which recipes were WINNERS with your kids!!!