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. Just make sure to get the nitrate-free meats or as close to natural as you can.
- 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.
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!
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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