Tomorrow the kids go back to school! I can't believe I have a third grader and a fifth grader, but somehow it happened. The kids have decided to try to be 100% dairy and gluten free (yay!). So we have been working on how to make that happen. Even though I eat Paleo, it's not as easy to find things for the kids to take for lunch that fit into that category. I'll eat practically any vegetable, meat or fruit, but they are much more picky. The boy also doesn't really like cold meat, so we're working on ways to keep his meat warm or find meats he will eat cold.
As we start the school year, we're focusing on things I know they like and will try to add in other more adventurous items as the year progresses. So far in my preparations I've made a big batch of coconut flour chocolate pancakes to put in the freezer. Both kids like pancakes and can pop these babies in the toaster every morning to make their own breakfast. Add some precooked bacon and almond milk to that and they are set! Next week we may make some bacon and egg cups or pizza cups to have on hand for breakfast, but for now we're sticking to pancakes.
I also baked a big batch of chocolate chip muffins to put in the freezer. Instead of the applesauce I usually use in the recipe, I substituted zucchini puree. That way even if he doesn't eat the vegetables in his lunch box he's gotten zucchini anyway. I also brought home a few blueberry muffins from our Farmer's Market Stall the other day just to give them some variety.
The kids will be packing their own lunches every night before they go to bed...at least that's the plan. I made a chart for them to consult when deciding what to pack. It's got 4 categories to choose from, and they should pick one item from each category. The 4 categories are: Protein, Veggie, Fruit, Treat. If they want an extra serving of one of the other 3, they can always leave out the Treat category, although I don't really anticipate that happening. In making this chart I asked the kids what they liked and listed those items. I figure if they both dislike turnips, there's no point putting that on the chart, right? So this is our chart so far...I'm sure we'll add more items as the year progresses and probably ditch ones that don't go over well.
Bacon and Egg Cup
Salt and Vinegar Almonds - recipe to come!
Kale Chips - planning try out another recipe using the dehydrator
Banana - fresh or dehydrated
Strawberries - fresh or frozen
Blueberries - fresh or frozen
Chocolate Chip Muffin
Smoothie in a Thermos
Here is what the kids packed for the first day of school. The girl chose pastrami, pickles, a banana and a blueberry muffin.
The boy chose pastrami, a nectarine, few pieces of romaine lettuce and a chocolate chip muffin.
I'm anxious to see what gets eaten and what gets brought back home!