Back-to-school is a stressful time for kids as they adjust to their new schedules and environments – but it can be equally overwhelming for parents, especially when it comes to packing school lunches. It’s often difficult to prepare something delicious and nutritious that kids enjoy eating. While browsing for new recipes, I recently came across the Nom Nom Paleo website and discovered Michelle Tam’s recipes for a week of school lunches. I was so impressed, I just had to share them with you!
I personally love making egg muffins. You can hide a variety of different vegetables and proteins in them for your picky eaters. I like to fill mine with spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and ground turkey.
Apple slices with nut butter as a dip is a delicious snack. My favourite nut butter is almond hazelnut butter. For a nut-free snack, you can easily substitute your dip with sunflower seed butter, greek yogurt, or apple butter.
Chicken salad is an easy main to throw together when you have leftover chicken from dinner. It’s important to round out meals with vegetables – Michelle mentions that her kids don’t like their vegetables raw so she blanches them lightly and stores them in the fridge the night before so they’re ready to be packed.
I love zoodles! Zoodles are noodles made out of zucchini and if you’ve never had them you are missing out! They go really well with homemade meatballs and marinara sauce.
Roll-ups are fun and easy to put together. You don’t necessarily have to use roast beef – you can use any thinly sliced meat. Just stay away from processed deli meats loaded with preservatives – you can tell which ones these are because they usually have a really fake pink colour to them.
Kids love finger foods and this is a winning combination that many of them love. At the end of the week, when you may have forgotten to stock your fridge, you probably still have some eggs left over. Eggs are the perfect emergency protein to add to a meal. Hard-boiling them is probably the easiest way to cook and store them to be eaten at lunch time without being re-heated.
If you like these recipes and are looking for more, be sure to check out Nom Nom Paleo’s website. Don’t forget that nutrition is a key part of healthy development. If you’re looking to optimize you child’s health in a natural, holistic way, book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Janis Li, to learn how naturopathic medicine can give your child a head start not only in school, but in life!