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Does The Lunch Hour Taunt You?
Does it stick out its tongue, cross its eyes and dare you to go beyond PB&J sandwiches? No fear, brave friend, this post is for you! Here’s a sneak peek into what I’ll be packing for my littles this year.
Lunch Meat & Beyond
- Homemade three-ingredient beef jerky
- Grain-free chicken nuggets (pictured above) with homemade bbq sauce, ketchup, ranch dressing or honey mustard
- Bacon and egg cups
- Easy chicken salad with apples (A great way to use leftover roast chicken)
- Smoked salmon dip (Combines brain building omega 3’s and healthy fats to keep kids – or their parents – full all day long)
- Easy apple sandwiches with chicken & bacon (pictured below)
- Hard-boiled eggs
- For sandwiches, this paleo bread recipe works beautifully
Quick & Easy Options
While I usually cook from scratch, there are times when keeping my sanity dictates tossing a few convenience items into my cart. Here’s what I buy:
- Grass-Fed Beef, Habanero & Cherry EPIC Bar
- Wild Salmon & Smoked Maple EPIC Bar
- Grass-Fed Venison, Sea salt & Pepper EPIC Bar
- Grass-Fed Lamb, Currant & Mint EPIC Bar
- PaleoValley grass-fed beef sticks – These are so delicious! I personally like the jalapeno flavor, but my kids prefer the original and summer sausage flavors.
- Organic hot dogs (To be cut up and served with quick homemade ketchup or mustard.)
- Organic deli meat (Preferably without carrageenan)
LEFTOVERS THAT MAKE GOOD LUNCHES
- Paleo pizza rolls from The Urban Poser
- Pinwheels made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and these paleo tortillas (pictured above)
- Or these avocado salmon wraps from Health, Home & Happiness
- Lettuce wraps (here are twelve to choose from
- Sliced veggies (carrots, cucumbers, celery, etc.) with homemade ranch dressing or guacamole
- Chopped Mexican avocado salad (Warning: This stuff is addictive)
- Fermented dilly sticks from The Nourishing Gourmet – Quick and inexpensive to make, these fermented carrot sticks have a crunchy texture and a slight dill flavor. The potami love them.
- Broccoli grape slaw
- Homemade pickles from Fermented Food Lab
- Bubbies naturally fermented pickles
- Sea Snax – It’s a sea vegetable, so it counts! Seaweed is a great alternative to chips, and it’s rich in minerals such as iodine, calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper and selenium.Unfortunately most seaweed snacks are made with canola or safflower oil. Safflower I don’t have a big problem with, but companies often switch between the two depending on what’s cheapest so you never know what you’re going to get. Fortunately, I recently discovered these mineral rich from Sea Snax that use olive oil instead. (Also, they test radiation and the last time I checked with them there were no detectable levels.)