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  • #46
    Ayla - do you make those lamb sausages or buy them? I assume you aren't in the states so if you buy them local I guess I'm out of luck. Lamb and mint sausages sound fantastic!

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
      I've noticed that there's a lot more fruit/carbs in these lunches compared to what people here say they eat.

      I've also noticed that packing carbs for lunch is a lot easier. Fruit, and even sometimes rice (albeit mixed with veggies and some meat), it's just more convenient. I don't eat eggs, so no hard boiled...
      These are children. There is absolutely no reason to restrict carbohydrates in active, growing children. They need ALOT of energy.
      Sandra
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      There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

      DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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      • #48
        Originally posted by meeshar View Post
        Unfortunately, I can almost guarantee that when I open this box this afternoon, most (if not all) of the ham will still be there, and possibly the string cheese. And then I'll put it on the table and she's not allowed to ask for any snacks until she actually eats it. ::sigh:: It's a daily struggle.
        Its only a struggle if you choose to make it a battle. It doesn't have to be. It simply is the way it is. We have the same rule after school...no other snacks till your lunch is all gone. They don't even question it anymore. They know what I'm going to say: "You don't have to like it, you just have to eat it. Or don't. You'll be good and hungry at dinner." (or breakfast, or whatever the next meal is)

        I think kids snack too much. They need to work up an appetite once in a while in order to appreciate the food.
        Sandra
        *My obligatory intro

        There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

        DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Sandra in BC View Post
          Its only a struggle if you choose to make it a battle. It doesn't have to be. It simply is the way it is. We have the same rule after school...no other snacks till your lunch is all gone. They don't even question it anymore. They know what I'm going to say: "You don't have to like it, you just have to eat it. Or don't. You'll be good and hungry at dinner." (or breakfast, or whatever the next meal is)

          I think kids snack too much. They need to work up an appetite once in a while in order to appreciate the food.
          I think so too. Mine would prefer to graze all day (on fruit in particular) than eat meals. It's gotten bad enough to where I'm going to have to put my foot down (and also tell the neighbors, seeing as she gets snacks from her friends' houses). I was almost right, she didn't eat any of the ham or carrots. When she asked for a snack the moment we walked in the house, I opened up her lunchbox and told her she had to finish it. And she did, amazingly without any fuss, so I think it's sinking in now.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by meeshar View Post
            I think so too. Mine would prefer to graze all day (on fruit in particular) than eat meals. It's gotten bad enough to where I'm going to have to put my foot down (and also tell the neighbors, seeing as she gets snacks from her friends' houses). I was almost right, she didn't eat any of the ham or carrots. When she asked for a snack the moment we walked in the house, I opened up her lunchbox and told her she had to finish it. And she did, amazingly without any fuss, so I think it's sinking in now.
            They are stubborn little buggers. But really, what else do they have to do all day but dig in their heels? They're not always being difficult on purpose. Pushing boundaries and questioning everything is how they learn.

            My 9yo will say "I'm hungry!" so I tell him to eat an apple or a banana. "I don't want an apple or a banana." Then dude, you're not hungry. "Yes I am!" ok so what do you want then? "A granola bar". Nope, you had one today already. You're welcome to have any fruit or veggie you can find, and as much as you want, you don't even have to ask. "I guess I'm not hungry then." Mom-1, kid-0
            Sandra
            *My obligatory intro

            There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

            DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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            • #51
              Ayla: Have you considered packing warm lunches instead of cold? That way you could add butter and such to them. I know Japanese bento boxes are usually warm/room temp. The woman who wrote the Vegan Lunchbox book often sent her kid off with warm lunches. I *think* she bought insulated stainless steel bento type box things for warm lunches. These days it seems like school kids each their lunches way early in the day. If you pack it hot in the morning, in an insulated container/bag, it should still be warm at lunch.

              ETA: Here's the name of one of the lunch containers supposed to keep things hot. I just skimmed the reviews, and it seems like that your food will still be warm after 6 hours as long as it's piping hot when you pack it: Zojirushi SL-NCE09 Ms. Bento Stainless-Steel Vacuum Lunch Jar

              Here's another kid lunch: preservative-free deli turkey cut into flowers, carrot/cucumber shapes with homemade primal ranch dip, carrot sticks, blueberries, cheese cut like baby chicks.

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              Went Primal January 2, 2012!

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              • #52
                Originally posted by lorichka6 View Post
                Ayla - do you make those lamb sausages or buy them? I assume you aren't in the states so if you buy them local I guess I'm out of luck. Lamb and mint sausages sound fantastic!
                Na my butcher makes them with no preservatives. He has a huge range of things he makes up.

                Banananutmuffin, ill get a LunchBots thermos for winter. Its summer here, so he prob wouldn't want warm lunches at the moment anyway. Both my children seem to prefer their dinners cold too LOL

                I checked out the dried fruit, and the sultanas have vegetable oil, WTF for?
                I got some organic sultanas that had sunflower oil, but I don't get why?
                Also got some ham and salami, this is a sometimes thing I buy, as I don't like the nitrates, and have yet to find a source of nitrate free salami, if it exists. My butcher does nitrate free ham, but not going there till next week again.

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                • #53


                  Tomorrows lunch:
                  Guacamole
                  Tuna covered in olive oil
                  Ham and salami wrapped around cheddar cheese (he has the other half of these in another container for recess)
                  Grapes, strawberries and a date ball
                  Carrot sticks and cucumber
                  Plus the apple for fruit break.

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                  • #54
                    Unfortunately my little one is full of snot, so she's staying home today. However, I made mini-muffins for her breakfast boxes and thought I'd share a pic and the recipe instead of a lunchbox pic.

                    The recipe is loosely based on this, but I made quite a few changes (and prefer them) so it's almost it's own recipe. Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

                    I'm calling them "kitchen sink muffins" because it felt like I was throwing everything in there but the kitchen sink. :P

                    Ingredients:
                    1/2 cup mashed banana/applesauce mix (can be any sweetish mash--sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut, etc. but I prefer the banana/applesauce flavor)
                    1/2 cup shredded coconut
                    3 grated baby carrots
                    3/4 cup almond flour
                    2-3 tblsp. honey
                    2 eggs
                    1 tsp. vanilla
                    hearty dash cinnamon
                    1 tsp. baking powder
                    1/2 cup chocolate chips (or raisins, craisins, nuts, etc.)--these had a mix of Enjoy Life chips and King Arthur cinnamon chips

                    Mix well and bake in greased or lined muffin tin. Bake muffins at 350 for 20-30 mins, until tops are brown and toothpick comes out clean. Makes 24 mini; 12 reg.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post


                      Tomorrows lunch:
                      Guacamole
                      Tuna covered in olive oil
                      Ham and salami wrapped around cheddar cheese (he has the other half of these in another container for recess)
                      Grapes, strawberries and a date ball
                      Carrot sticks and cucumber
                      Plus the apple for fruit break.
                      Looks yummy! Is that the larger PlanetBox? How old is your kiddo?

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by lorichka6 View Post
                        Ayla - do you make those lamb sausages or buy them? I assume you aren't in the states so if you buy them local I guess I'm out of luck. Lamb and mint sausages sound fantastic!
                        My Whole Foods always has lamb sausage made in-house, sometimes a couple of different ones. I've always thought "yum" but was never sure what to do with them. After seeing Ayla's pics, I'm just going buy some and cook them up to take for lunch. If I leave a couple in the frig, the kids will probably snack on them too.
                        50yo, 5'3"
                        SW-195
                        CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
                        GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by meeshar View Post
                          Looks yummy! Is that the larger PlanetBox? How old is your kiddo?
                          Yep the larger one.
                          He is 5 yrs 5 months.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by LauraSB View Post
                            My Whole Foods always has lamb sausage made in-house, sometimes a couple of different ones. I've always thought "yum" but was never sure what to do with them. After seeing Ayla's pics, I'm just going buy some and cook them up to take for lunch. If I leave a couple in the frig, the kids will probably snack on them too.
                            these are pretty tasty.

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
                              Yep the larger one.
                              He is 5 yrs 5 months.
                              Good to know, thanks. I'm still trying to figure out the best size for mine, she'll be 5 at the end of next month. The small leak-proof LunchBots are too small.

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                              • #60


                                Top box is breakfast - "kitchen sink" mini muffins, bacon, yogurt tube, and a banana.
                                Lunch - Ham, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cheese stick, and a fruit leather.

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