Out of the Box School Lunches

LunchesBack-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!

Day 1: Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Muffins & Apple Slices with Nut Butter

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.

Day 2: Simple Chicken Salad, Blanched Carrots and Broccoli, Paleo Trail Mix, and Flavoured Mayonnaise

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.

Day 3: Zoodles & Meatballs with Pineapple and Strawberry Kabobs

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.

Day 4: Roast Beef Roll-Ups and Mixed Berries

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.

Day 5: Hard-Boiled Eggs, Chicken Apple Sausages, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grapes

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!

Dr. Janis Li is a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Bayview North Family Chiropractic in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She is a naturopathic family practitioner with a special focus on pain management, stress management, women’s and pediatric health, and digestive concerns. As a strong advocate of holistic care, Janis is passionate about sharing her health knowledge and works with her patients to address their fundamental causes of disease. Her individualized treatment plans combine safe and effective natural therapies including acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical therapies, nutrition and lifestyle counselling. To learn how naturopathic medicine can address your health concerns and optimize your well-being, call Bayview North Family Chiropractic at 905-881-8733 to book an appointment with Dr. Janis Li today! For more information please visit www.janisliND.com.

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