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    What can I put in my daughter's lunchbox to take the place of a cookie or muesli bar?

    She packs her own lunch - a sandwich (yes, I know it's not primal but I'm not worried about that at the moment), piece of fruit, handful of nuts and one more thing.

    I'd like it to be something regarded as a treat, since her friends would probably have a muesli bar or pkt of chips etc. Sometimes she has a primal truffle ball or piece of ricebubble slice, but I need some more ideas. It's a shame that straight chocolate is probably not acceptable by school rules (no lollies) as it would be so easy and good.

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    i have the same problem. atm i give mine some dried fruit or some crystallised ginger. they tend not to like any of the primal treats or pimped out coconut or almond flour cakes so it does make it hard. fruit leather is prob the closest primal lunchbox thing i can get them to eat.

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    This is a tough hurdle. But entitlement to treats, and food as entertainment and reward, are what is wrong with the SAD culture. Why does every meal have to include dessert?

    My kids are 12 and 9, and we have had a 'no treat' lunch rule pretty much all through school. I learned pretty quick that they would eat the granola bar (or juice box) first, and sometimes not eat a single other thing and be starving when they got home.

    So lunches are pretty much a sandwich (they aren't primal) or hot or cold leftovers, fruit and/or veggie, pepperoni stick or jumbo meatball, cheese stick or yogurt). The sweetest 'treats' they get would be canned fruit (in fruit juice), dried fruit, trail mix with chocolate chips.

    They can eat the bars and cookies at home, AFTER they finish whats leftover from their lunches.
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    Thanks, I forgot about the salami sticks, I don't like the additives but it is extra protein and fat which is what her box can lack.

    She pretty much does eat it all now, so she needs that fourth thing, especially because she cycles home. I don't like packing yoghurt, the thought of it sitting unrefrigerated for hours grosses me out. As well as all that sugar.

    I have homemade icecreams in the freezer for when she gets home, she loves them.

    Any more ideas, please keep them coming.

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    Annie I make a cheese log that is rolled in nuts.
    chop up a handful of prunes and a handful of apricots
    soak for 1-7 days in peach schnapps !!!! You can't use this one for the kids, thats the adult version !!!! for the kids soak in tea.
    drain and mix in one tub of cream cheese and grated tasty cheese.
    Crush a cup or two of nuts - any combination, and form cheese into a log, rolled in the nuts.
    If you then refridgerate for a day or so, it slices into lovely wee rounds.
    tastes really delishish - especially the adult version !!!!
    Some times when i make it I soak the fruit for 1 day, however i have soaked it in the alcohol for 7 days, and it tastes better the longer. I think the tea version should be only 1-2 days soaking thou.
    i find the best nuts are cashews, but I have done mixtures too.

    if your daughter is eating bread, I used to make marmite/vegemite sandwiches with pumpkin seeds, always on a heavy vogel or rye bread, way better than white !!!!

    I made a mixture of cream, yoghurt and berries the other day. Froze them and ate them as they slowly thawed. I wonder if you take one out of the freezer as DD leaves for school, by lunchtime it would be thawed enough to eat, but still cold ????
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    Wow, the cheese log sounds great, I will try it.
    Thanks.

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    For ease and my own laziness, I get a bar from Sprouts or Whole Foods made by Cliff, called Kit's Kitchen. There are five or 6 flavors and each has only 5-6 ingredients. My kids love them, and have not asked for the old energy or cliff bar since trying them. They are a little pricey $1.69, however we stock up when they go on sale.
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    Larabars! I recently discovered gobites.com too. They're made from organic goodies and taste great, come in individual serving sizes. We lugged them around Disneyland, Sea World, and The San Diego Zoo last month. It helped save a ton on food
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annieh View Post
    What can I put in my daughter's lunchbox to take the place of a cookie or muesli bar?

    She packs her own lunch - a sandwich (yes, I know it's not primal but I'm not worried about that at the moment), piece of fruit, handful of nuts and one more thing.

    I'd like it to be something regarded as a treat, since her friends would probably have a muesli bar or pkt of chips etc. Sometimes she has a primal truffle ball or piece of ricebubble slice, but I need some more ideas. It's a shame that straight chocolate is probably not acceptable by school rules (no lollies) as it would be so easy and good.
    does she like coconut?

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    You can freeze them in pre-cut pieces and toss one in her lunch box.

    I've also melted dark chocolate and made a bark; top it with lightly roasted/salted almonds or macadamia nuts or even goji berries and pistachios. Break it into chunks. Sprinkle crushed candy cane on it for the holiday!

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    I made a mixture of cream, yoghurt and berries the other day. Froze them and ate them as they slowly thawed. I wonder if you take one out of the freezer as DD leaves for school, by lunchtime it would be thawed enough to eat, but still cold ????
    when i made some raspberry icecream the other day by putting frozen raspberries and cream in the blender, we had some left. i put it in one of those little cyclops yoghurt pots and froze it and gave it to one of the kids for lunch. she had it for morning tea. you can make your own lara bars. lots of recipes on the net but my kids wont eat them. ditto things like those chocolate coconut bars.

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