Packing Paleo Lunches for Kids

paleo lunches for kids

paleo lunches for kids

Paleo mum, paleo dad…but what about the kids? Are you wondering what to pack in the kids lunch boxes that will keep them full, happy, and healthy at the same time? Today we have some great ideas of paleo friendly items you can pop in their bags that are guaranteed to get eaten up with no complaints! The key to keeping kids happy with their food is to present it in a fun and interesting way – so why not use one of cool alternatives to lunch boxes to pack these yummy morsels in. Personally, we like the idea of bento boxes filled with a variety of protein, fruit and veg. And who said these lunch ideas are just for kids…why not make a few extras and take them yourself?

Proteins

  • Boiled eggs (bonus points if you make devilled eggs)
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Rolled up ham or turkey
  • Tuna fishcakes
  • Meatballs on toothpicks
  • Burger patties
  • Bacon strips
  • Tuna salad made with celery, walnuts and homemade mayo
  • Egg muffins
  • Sausages
  • Avocado wrapped in ham
  • Beef jerky
  • Mini chorizo’s
  • Slices of smoked salmon
  • Last nights leftovers!

Fruit & Vege

  • Dates
  • Small packets of dried fruit
  • Sliced kiwifruit
  • Grapes
  • Fresh coconut chunks or coconut chips
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Vege skewers with cucumber, tomatoes and capsicum
  • Cherry or plum tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mango or pineapple chunks
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Steamed or raw broccoli
  • Apple slices
  • Zoodles (zucchini noodles)
  • Banana chips

Snacks

  • Homemade bliss balls
  • Trailmix of nuts and seeds
  • Olives on a toothpick (give it a try, you never know what they will eat when you aren’t looking!)
  • Applesauce
  • Guacamole or another easy dip
  • Cashews or almonds
  • Nut butter

A few extra tips:

  • Get your kids involved in the lunch making process. If they get a say in picking the foods for their lunch boxes, it is far more likely to end up in their bellies!
  • Don’t stress about making it all look pretty. Different shapes/ cuts/ textures are enough to interest kids in trying something new, so keep it simple – stick it on a skewer or toothpick, wrap a slice of deli meat around some veges, put a patty in a lettuce cup…that’s as snazzy as you need to go!
  • Having good Tupperware/ bento boxes/ lunch boxes is key. Invest in these to stop leaks and spills, and to keep the food looking and tasting it’s best
  • The golden rule – don’t pack anything in the lunch boxes that you wouldn’t eat yourself. But also – go easy, your kids are likely to experiment, trade, throw out, ditch, swap and not eat a fair amount of what goes to school with them!

What do you pack in your kids lunch?

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