Packing the perfect lunch can feel like catching a unicorn…it’s difficult, it’s time consuming, and it might be impossible.
The ideal lunch is nutritious, tasty and takes only a few minutes to pack. It’s also free of grains, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sweeteners like sugar and corn syrup. And for most school districts, lunches are now required to be nut-free, for the safety of the many children with severe allergies.
Most popular lunches are built around sandwiches, chips, cookies and a soda…but you know that these foods are a fast track to weight gain for both you and your kids.
So what’s a conscientious lunch-packer to do?
Don’t even think about packing your perfect lunch in a handful of plastic bags, that’s the sandwich and chips way of thinking. Healthy food is rarely handheld, so plan accordingly. LunchBots makes it possible to pack anything from salad to pot roast to pepitas all in one convenient partitioned container. This opens the door wide with packable possibilities…
2) Fill These 5 Items.
I like to break lunches down into these 5 items, which keeps each lunch well rounded and packed with nutritious, usable calories. Protein, Veggie, Fruit, Seed, and Dessert. The protein dish is the star and the rest of the items are the supporting cast.
3) Find your inspiration.
Scroll down to view my perfect lunches and find your perfect lunch inspiration. (New lunch added weekly)
(Protein) Ham+Hummus+Pickle Wrap: Savory sliced deli ham is slathered with red pepper hummus and lined with roasted red peppers and thin sliced pickles. Roll ’em up and enjoy!
(Veggie) Cucumber+Cherry Tomatoes: Sliced English cucumbers and fresh cherry tomatoes, simply wash, slice and pack.
(Fruit) Peeled Orange: A juicy, peeled, organic orange hits the spot!
(Dessert) Chocolate Coconut Cookies: This nut-free remake of my favorite cookie recipe ditches the almond flour in favor of coconut flour. It’s safe to take to school and tastes too good to be free of refined sugars (and yet it is!) I like to keep these cookies in the freezer so it helps keep the lunch cool and is thawed by lunch time. Here’s the recipe.