I'm dying to give Paleo our best effort. My husband has always been a super healthy, very active guy but lately has been sidelined by allergies, sinus problems, tendinitis, sore back etc etc. Mostly I want to try eating Paleo for his benefit in hopes that he'll be able to return to a more active lifestyle that he loves. I've been reading up on the internet but have ordered Robb's book to get a better understanding of how it all works.
Question: My husband works construction and needs easy foods he can grab on the go as snacks -- something he can stick in his pocket for later or eat as he works. His usual lunch and snacks include: Sandwich, yogurt, string cheese, granola bars, fruit, and sometimes Cliff bars and beef jerky. Any suggestions on things to pack since most of his usual foods are off limits with Paleo?
Also, we have a newborn and a 3 yr old so I'm a little intimidated by the amount of prep it'll take as we're already adjusting to life with a new little person. So quick easily prepared foods to get us started would be great. I'm anxious to get started (I think about making the transition constantly) but am a little hesitant to start now when I'm so tired from waking with baby several times a night. But then again, if I started eating Paleo maybe I'd have more energy??
Thanks for chiming in. :)
Welcome to Paleohacks. Anyway, a couple of things.
First, definitely do a little bit of reading (don't worry about books if you don't want to yet--I get reading and kids--I'm an English teacher with a two year old!). Check out some blogs. There are different flavors of paleo, and depending on your needs and desires, you'll lean towards one more than the other. For example, if you're doing a Whole 30, you'll want to avoid the sugars in most beef jerky, so you can make your own or order from someplace like US Wellness Meats. But, if you're more in the Mark Sisson primal camp, you can be a little more flexible with smaller amounts of sugar or with things like very good quality cheese in small amounts.
My kids (2 and 7) aren't paleo, but I do push in the direction of whole foods and we talk about healthy food choices all the time. Packing lunch for my first grader used to be really rough--think writer's block in the kitchen. One of the best things I think you can do for packing lunches for anyone is to invest in good lunch containers. Sounds bizarre I know, but when looking at a container, you think "how can I best fill this?" rather than "what can I feed my family?" Bento-style containers that are divided work great. If you are on Facebooks, "like" lunchbots--they're constantly posting ideas for filling their containers, and many of them are paleo-friendly. My husband and I also really like the To-Go Wear stacked containers.
So, back to flavors of paleo: I think that, in your family's situation, and given that your husband already feels lousy and has a huge energy requirement at work, I'd probably focus on one thing at a time and ease into it. Personally, I'd take his grains away. Focus on lots of meat and healthy fat in the earlier part of the day. Big breakfast of meat and eggs (I like grassfed ground beef with over easy eggs mixed in) will set him up to not need as much during the day. Get some good quality jerky for him, do hardboiled eggs, give him a spoon to scoop out an avocado, or give him veggie sticks to dig into guacamole. Don't stress the cheese just yet--if that's a staple, switch to a good cheese, raw and organic if you can afford it. Get bibb lettuce to do lettuce wraps with some awesome roast beef--and once again, pay attention to the quality of your ingredients if you can.
OK--really long post. Hope it helps!
Make "sandwiches" using lettuce to wrap the contents instead of bread. That will open you up to packing whatever leftovers you have from dinner for lunch. You are already using some of my favorite 'to-go' foods: hardboiled eggs and beef jerky. :)
I have three young kids and what works for me is oven roasting just about everything-- and I make 2-3 times more than we need for dinner each night: i.e. I'll roast 3 chickens at once-- we'll have chicken and roasted veggies for dinner one night-- then we'll have chicken (lettuce) wraps and/or a salad topped with shredded or diced chicken the next day for lunch and dinner. My leftover veggies get repuposed into an omelet or frittata, etc. I always have some cooked protein and either chopped and/or cooked veg in my fridge so I can make a stir fry in no time flat (use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce)-- I use tons of shredded cabbage and grated cauliflower (they mimic noodles and rice!) so I have those already prepped (as well as minced onion) in my fridge at all times.
I make my own roast beef-- simply season up a top or bottom round roast (preferably grassfed) with garlic, salt, pepper and place it in a 500* oven for 10-15 minutes to sear it, then drop to 275*--- cook until the meat hits an internal temp of about 120* then remove, tent with foil and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes. Slice using an electric knife or, better yet, get a deli slicer (LOVE mine!) and you'll have a slew of roast beef for lettuce wraps or just to snack on.
It's not as difficult at you might think-- just prep when you can, cook more than you need, and have extras ready to go in your fridge (or freezer!)
On Sunday night I cook up a huge batch of bolognaise that I can have for lunch all week. I add heaps of veggies like zucchini, cauliflower, carrot and tomatoes and I make my own sauce for it
This could be great for you as all you'll need to do is reheat it, though sometimes I just eat mine cold
Good luck with it all :D
I like eggsalad with lettuce and tomato and pickles. Like an eggsalad sandwich without the bread. You can make it yourself, or (like me) buy it at a deli, since I can't cook.
The last time I tried to boil eggs, I forgot about them and 6 hours later I found them on the stov3e :-/
Your husband may have to switch from brown bags to foil and maybe even pack a fork, but here goes:
boiled beef (mustard and pickles would be nice)
cold quiche without crust
For sides I would rather take some cooked vegetables in a tupper dish (simply because I prefer it), but raw stuff is of course easier to transport. And an avocado just needs a knife and a spoon.
I just asked this question last week. Check out the responses I got...
I make a big roast (following Mark Sisson's recipe for roast beef), put it in the fridge, and then I just cut off a chunk for breakfast or lunch throughout the week. It's incredibly simple and time efficient. The roast is really easy to make tastes GREAT. A chunk of roast beef coupled with some fruit is a simple, tasty and healthy meal. You can add a couple hard boiled eggs if you want a little more fat in the meal, since the roasts are usually pretty lean.
You can make paleo bread for sandwiches or pizza with sauce and meats and eat it cold,it won't spoil till lunch.For somebody transitioning into Paleo I think bread substitutes are OK.It keeps you full for a long time and is very easy to make
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