Lunchbox/Lunch Pack Food Ideas – Part 1

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Some lunchbox food ideas.

Hot/Cold Thermos Ideas:

  • meatloaf
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • soups and stews
  • cold chicken
  • cold potato salad
  • cold fruit salad

Beverages:

  • almond milk
  • juice
  • water

Sandwiches using Paleo Bread:

  • nut butter & fruit spread
  • veggie sandwich
  • nut butter & bananas

Fruits:

  • dried fruits
  • pineapple chunks
  • apple
  • banana
  • orange
  • mango
  • papaya
  • kiwi
  • grapes
  • raisins

Vegetables:

  • celery sticks with nut butter
  • carrot sticks
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cherry tomatoes
  • grape tomatoes
  • sugar snap peas in pods, uncooked
  • beans in pods, uncooked
  • cucumber slices

Berries:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • cranberries
  • blackberries

Grains:

  • Paleo pumpkin bread
  • Paleo banana bread
  • Paleo apple bread
  • Paleo biscuits
  • Paleo rolls

Others:

  • homemade trail mix
  • roasted squash seeds

These are just some ideas to get you started. Be sure that children are only getting the serving sizes they need, which is usually less than what we think. Overeating will lead to overweight children and many health problems.

You should also include the number of servings of each food group that you know your child will need.  This is what I pack for lunches for me:

1 serving dairy alternative

1 serving protein

2 servings vegetable

1 serving fruit (sometimes)

I do mix things up sometimes, like a vegetarian or mostly fruit based meal. Sometimes I will do something fun.

In my next post on this topic, we will look at combinations of the foods listed that will make good meals.

Shannon

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Author:Shannon L. Buck

Hi all! My name is Shannon. I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters and a Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn in Bangor. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters and grandson. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres.

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