Kids Low Carb Lunch Box Ideas

by Jen on August 17, 2017

Back to school means it’s time to start packing lunch boxes again!

I think I just saw every mother’s eyes start rolling.  🙄

BUT…school lunches don’t have to be a pain in the rear! I want to give you some of my best tips for packing school lunch boxes that are both healthy and easy.

Why Pack A Low Carb Lunch?

Just like adults, kids need real food too! I can’t believe the lunch box foods I see in the store these days, like those popular “Lunchables!” Have you ever read the ingredients in those things?

Ingredients: ROAST WHITE TURKEY – CURED, SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED: WHITE TURKEY, WATER, POTASSIUM LACTATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF SALT, DEXTROSE, CARRAGEENAN, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE, SMOKE FLAVOR, SODIUM NITRITE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR. PASTEURIZED PREPARED CHEDDAR CHEESE PRODUCE: MILK, WHEY, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MILKFAT, SODIUM CITRATE, SALT, LACTIC ACID, SORBIC ACID AS A PRESERVATIVE, OLEORESIN PAPRIKA (COLOR), ANNATTO (COLOR), CHEESE CULTURE, ENZYMES, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, WITH STARCH ADDED FOR SLICE SEPARATION. CONTAINS: MILK, WHEAT CRACKERS: ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2],FOLIC ACID), SOYBEAN OIL, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, SALT, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), WHEY (FROM MILK), SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER). CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK, SOY.

That’s a whole lotta ingredients I can’t even pronounce.

We wouldn’t eat that for lunch, so why would we give it to our kids?!

Our children’s lunches should consist of whole foods. It’s simple but it keeps them off the sugar highs and lows. When kids eat less sugar, they do better in school. The World Health Organization recommends that children only consume 12 grams of sugar per day (3 tsp.) But most children are exceeding this number at breakfast alone by consuming fruit juices, cereals, and toast with sugary spreads on it.

We think we are giving our kids healthy food, when in fact, that same “healthy” food is loaded with sugar!

Tips For Packing Lunches:

  • Create a list of what to put in the lunch box. Get your kids involved by asking them some foods they would like to see on the list.
  • Get a lunch box with compartments or else use a few small containers. We like to use THESE.
  • Make lunch fun. Try cutting things up in different ways or presenting foods in fun ways. I like to use small wooden skewers to make mini kabobs for my boys.
  • Highlight foods on the list that they enjoy.
  • Use deli meat or lettuce as a sandwich wrap.
  • Add lots of healthy fats to help keep them fuller for longer.
  • Avoid the white, processed flours and sugars.
  • Encourage your kids to help pack their lunches. I like to have their foods at eye level in the fridge so they can just grab and pack.
  • Have cut up veggies, hard boiled eggs, and berries ready so they can just grab them and pack them into their lunch box.
  • Be patient and go slow! If your child isn’t used to this way of eating, encourage them to try new things slowly. Acceptance won’t happen overnight, but don’t give in! Add new low carb options slowly and don’t keep the unhealthy stuff in the house.

Want more tips on transitioning your family to a low carb way of eating? Grab my NEW 55-page ebook, The Low Carb Beginners Guide!
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Low Carb Lunch Ideas

Now that you’ve received some tips as to WHY kids should eat this way and HOW to help them eat this way, let’s actually get some ideas for lunches!

Kids Low Carb Lunch Box Ideas

It’s easy to just pick and choose a food from each category for their lunch box.

But, you can also get creative and put some of these ideas together.

  • use ham or turkey as a wrap with a cheesestring.
  • make a kabob out of cooked hot dogs and cheese.
  • put some nut butter in a celery stick.
  • use lettuce as a wrap with cheese, turkey, and mayonnaise.
  • make my Ham & Eggs Cups and put these in your kid’s lunch box.
  • make my Keto Coconut Flour Bread for sandwiches.
  • use leftovers from dinner! Meatballs, grain free chicken fingers, and chili make great lunches.
  • make some grain free treats to pack in their lunch. These muffins or these cookies are perfect!

 

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Easy Low Carb Pie Crust

by Jen on August 14, 2017

A simple and delicious low carb pie crust recipe that can be used for sweet or savoury pies!

Keto, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free

Easy Low Carb Pie Crust. A delicious and low carb pie crust that can be used for sweet or savoury pies. Low carb, keto, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Nut Free, Soy Free

I’m so excited to share this Easy Low Carb Pie Crust recipe with you!

For the longest time, I’ve avoided making pie crusts because they are too fussy to make.

I used to buy frozen pie crusts from the store. Little did I know that they contain ingredients such as these:

Flour (wheat), modified palm and canola oil shortening, water, sugar, whey powder (milk), sea salt, sunflower lecithin, baking soda.

Shortening and sugar? Not something I want in my pie crust. Plus, I don’t eat flour anymore.

But guess what? You can make a super simple and delicious pie crust in minutes that contains ONLY whole food ingredients. Just throw everything in the food processor, process, and press into your pie plate.

I’m sorry my crust isn’t professional looking. I just don’t have the patience or time to make it pretty. It still tastes the same no matter how it looks 😉

Easy Low Carb Pie Crust. A simple and delicious way to enjoy a sweet or savoury pie! Low Carb, Keto, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Soy Free

You can use this pie crust for a savoury pie like quiche, or a sweet pie, like pumpkin pie!

What I like about my version is that you don’t need to add sugar to it at all! The coconut flour adds enough natural sweetness that it doesn’t need any extra.

Get even more family friendly low carb recipes in my new 55-page ebook, 
The Low Carb Beginners Guide!
Comes with my best tips for going low carb PLUS a 7 day low carb meal plan!

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If you can’t eat eggs, you can use beef gelatin to replace the eggs! I’ve tried it with the gelatin instead of eggs and you can’t tell the difference! Simply follow these instructions to make your gelatin egg and then add it in right before you process the ingredients.

I hope you enjoy this Easy Low Carb Pie Crust as much as we do!

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A simple and delicious low carb pie crust that can be used for sweet or savoury pies.
Easy Low Carb Pie Crust. A delicious and low carb pie crust that can be used for sweet or savoury pies. Low carb, keto, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Nut Free, Soy Free
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Course Dessert, Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Easy Low Carb Pie Crust. A delicious and low carb pie crust that can be used for sweet or savoury pies. Low carb, keto, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Nut Free, Soy Free
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  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Add all ingredients to your food processor and process until it looks like crumbles.
  3. Squeeze crumbles together with your hands to form a ball.
  4. Place dough into a pie plate and press with your fingers to form the pie shell.
  5. Use a fork to make random holes in the bottom of the pie crust.
  6. Bake crust for 10 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Once cooled out of the oven, add your filling. (Cover the edges with aluminum foil if baking the crust again to make sure the edges don't burn.)
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Low Carb Pie Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 22%
Calcium 1%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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