Schools, hospitals and airports are imo the worst food deserts out there. I'm with Jamie Oliver on the whole school lunch thing.
But I remember being a kid well enough that if you want them to actually eat these primal lunches- rather than just use the opportunity to score pizza, fries, kraft dinner, chocolate pudding, other krap... try to make them 'fun'. Colorful, finger food, etc. I just mention it because I remember so many kids in my elementary school whose parents would pack them these (in retrospect, pretty decent) well-meaning lunchs of salads, lettuce wraps with fresh chicken and hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, homemade baked nut snacks, etc.... and those kids would promptly dump that stuff in the trash and get french fries and chocolate milk from the caf.
So beyond that... primal lunches. hm.
Can you tolerate some compromise on legumes? There's lots of bean salads you can make with tons of fresh veg, spices, etc. If you don't get too esoteric with the spices, most kids will at least try them. Those will keep better than lettuce (which wilts), and my instinct is that kids will eat a colorful crunchy bean salad before they'll go for green stuff.
You can do a lot with lettuce or (my fave) sushi nori wraps. You can put all kinds of greens, sprouts, canned fish, lunch meat, bacon, grilled chicken, etc in there. If you can stand the compromise and your kids won't eat anything with that much obvious green in it, there's also gluten-free wraps. It seems easier to sneak veggies in those... maybe because they come in colors like red, orange, blue corn, etc?
There's also the typical cut veggies and dip. You can do a lot with the dip to get protein and fat in there. That's 'fun' enough sometimes.
Fruit salad. It keeps okay, it's sweet and colorful, most kids will eat it.
Primal pizza? If you can get them to like it more than crappy processed cafeteria-type pizza, they'll be less likely to go for the crapola as soon as Mom isn't watching. Cold pizza is pretty much a universally yummy thing, and the crust is the least memorable part of it. There's recipes for primal pizzas on the forum here.
Shish kebabs. These are fun just because you get to take them apart. Kids really dig making their own skewers too. You can put all kinds of primal stuff on there- lamb, chicken, beef, you name it and all kids of veggies. Maybe bend the primal stuff a bit and try out pineapple chunks. You guys could make them and grill them the night before- kids love doing this- and then your kids will be jazzed to eat them at lunch.
I'd push the primal treats and desserts. Kids love that stuff, and most aren't motivated (and really shouldn't be anyway) to deprive themselves of sweets and treats forever. There's really no reason why primal treats- which I think taste better than the usual sugar bombs- couldn't be better and yummier than the crap at school.
Yogurt! Not perfect primal, but decent. Give them little baggies of nuts, spices and berries to put in it. Lunches you have to assemble pass the fun test more easily. Greek yogurt is really good. Even kids like that stuff. Even promising them frozen greek yogurt treats when they get home may keep them away from the krap at lunch.
All of that should keep a few hours until lunch, even jammed into a kid's bookbag.
Last edited by CandylandCanary; 08-28-2011 at 02:34 PM.
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