Packing a paleo lunch is often a hot topic on my Facebook page and I also receive several questions about what to pack right here on the blog. I have posted several articles before about school lunches which you can read about here but it’s always great to have as many ideas as possible!
When we first started eating paleo, what I found most challenging was simply figuring out what would work as a lunch box for fresh foods!! Years ago I discovered Planet Box and we love this container!!!
Jaden has had the same lunch box for almost 3 years and it’s still just as good as new. The only thing we have had to replace is the actual carrying case and magnets (only because we lost one!) but otherwise the actual lunch box is in excellent shape and has more than paid for itself in both quality and money saved NOT buying school lunches!
I also love insulated thermoses to keep stews and soups warm for school lunches and we use one made by Citizen Pip which is pictured below but now I can’t seem to find them anymore but I recently picked up an amazing insulated thermos from Klean Kantean that both Coby and Jaden love. It keeps hot food or drinks hot for hours!
Now, what to pack INTO these cool containers? I have documented Jaden’s last several school lunches that I will share with you now.
Applegate Farms ham slices wrapped around avocado, celery with Ammin Nut almond butter and raisins, dried apple rings, carrot sticks.
Cucumber “sandwiches” (ham in between 2 cucumber slices), cherry tomatoes, pickles, apple slices, almond butter.
Turkey, avocado, cucumbers and tomatoes wrapped in a Improv’eat Pure Warp (we just discovered these and they are pretty darn awesome! Made with just coconut meat, coconut water, and Himalayan sea salt), pear slices, celery with almond butter and raisins, carrots, and garlic stuffed green olives from Trader Joes.
Turkey slices wrapped around cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, black olives, carrots and banana slices.
Leftover beef stew and sweet potatoes, mandarins.
Salmon salad “cucumber sandwiches” made with homemade mayo and dill pickles, banana chips, black olives, kiwi slices.
Ham and turkey slices, guacamole, carrots and cucumbers, apple slices.
Last but not least, we often will pack beef jerky from Steve’s Originals and that’s what Coby, my 16 year old will bring with him for his lunch!
What works for your family? What are you packing in your school lunches? The more ideas the better!!