Being the mother of an elementary school child, I have been experimenting for a couple years on what’s best to put in my daughter’s lunch box that his healthy and delicious. One of the challenges of school lunch is that we parents are not there to supervise and make sure/encourage they eat all of their lunch. Many of you know it can be tricky. They will eat the same meal at home but then when they are at school the might not. On the other hand, if we give them the foods they love that are not as healthy “just to get them to eat” they avoid all of the healthy stuff and only eat the junk.
For example, if I feed my daughter a sandwich sometimes she will eat just the bread and not the meat/protein. If I put crackers or a sweet treat, she may eat them but not the vegetable and protein. There are a couple ways we handle this, most often I do not make a sandwich (unless it’s a tuna or salmon salad sandwich which she tends to love and eat the protein). I also avoid including the treats, which requires her to eat the healthy choices available. If I do include a treat, I tell her she needs to eat the meat and vegetable or I won’t serve the treat on the next special occasion. This combination of nutrition and parenting techniques works well for her.
What I do most often choose from several categories of food (protein, vegetable, fruit) and put a Paleo style lunch together. This way we avoid the bread, starches, and sugars and focus on the healthy food.
Here is my list. Soon (in the next few weeks) I will be sharing a downloadable handout:
Salmon chunks or salmon salad
Epic Meat Bar
Beans and rice
Sandwich with gluten/grain-free bread or wrap
Peas (frozen or fresh)
Kale salad with raisins
Carrot sticks or slices
Red pepper slices
Frozen carrots, peas, and corn
Cauliflower tortilla (for sandwich wrap)
Freeze dried fruit
Apple sauce (pear or mango sauce)
Freeze dried peas
Sweet potato chips
Cold gluten-free pasta salad
Chickpea roasted snack
Non-dairy yogurt squeeze packs (Ruby Rockets)