This is one of the number one things I get asked, and since the kids just went back to school this week, I decided to do a Periscope on the subject of “Out of the Box Lunch Ideas for All Ages.” That’s right, I took us from littles to bigs (and even adults), so if you missed it, you can watch it here. I didn’t want to bring you things you’ve seen a million times. So hopefully there are a few new ideas here for you. I highly encourage you to watch the rebroadcast to see how I did it all. Below are just a few of the 15-20 ideas I shared (the ones I remembered to snap photos of). You don’t have photos here of my adorable French toast skewers or my sandwich skewers or my Mason jar veggie dippers. So scoot on over to watch for a bunch of ideas and my feelings on package foods at school (along with Erin-approved convenience foods).
Egg Muffins are a protein-packed portable snack for kids running out the door in the morning, and also packed in a lunch bag. They taste just fine cold and you can sneak all kinds of veggies into them. To make the above version (which made two jumbo muffins) I simply whisked 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, 1 handful of spinach and 1 sliced chicken sausage together. Pour into a silicone jumbo muffin cup and bake at 375 degree for 18 minutes.
If you’re wanting to keep things Paleo, try homemade tortilla wraps. In a food processor, add: 3/4 cup riced cauliflower, 2 tablespoons psyllium husk, 2 tablespoons Tapioca Flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, a pinch of salt and 1 cup of water. Process Until smooth. Spoon 4-6 inch circles onto a hot, greased pan and cook 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Fill with organic turkey or ham and a dab of mustard. (Recipe makes 4)
Salad in a jar! So easy. Do place all of your dressing at the bottom, then add your harder veggies like carrots or bell pepper. Add your greens, olives, turkey or chopped hard boiled eggs and seal it up. When you’re ready to eat, give it a good shake, and serve.
Banana Sushi! Yum and fun! Take a Julian’s Paleo wrap or low carb tortilla and spread with cashew butter. Lay a banana across one end. Sprinkle lightly with coconut, if desired. Roll, then slice into small disks.
Overnight oats are great for school lunches. Just don’t forget some type of protein (either Greek yogurt or protein powder). Get my recipe here.