sophomore year of high school's coming up and I need to think about what I'm going to pack in my lunches! I've stocked up on apples, pears, individual applesauces,dried fruit, nuts, lara bars, and veggies but I would like some real "meals" too. any ideas? oh, and I have sports immediately after school and only time for a small snack so I need something that will sustain me for a few hours. thanks!
Crock pot some meat (beef, pork, turkey), it will last you all week. That's what I do for my kids, with some nut mix, carrot and cucumber slices... oh yeah, over a bed of baby spinach of course.
Last weekend, I cooked 2 lbs of ground beef with some cubed potatoes, carrots and onion. I added some garlic, salt and pepper and a little coconut oil. I let it simmer until the veggies were tender, then put it in the fridge to take for lunch during the week. My daughter took some to school one day in a thermos; it stayed warm and she really liked it.
you could also make a big salad with any leftover meat and whatever veggies you like. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to transport too.
Good luck and congrats on starting to eat healthy so young!
"apples, pears, individual applesauces,dried fruit, nuts, lara bars, and veggies"
lol, have you lost your way from a vegan forum? Needz moar amnimals. Sounds like a LOT of sugar. You'd probably be better off replacing some of those sugar-carbs with tubers or white rice, and throw in some animal fat/protein. Might want to make weeks-worth portions of starch+meat+fat dishes, for ease.
I understand about the cold meat, but there's still some animal protein things you can do for packed in lunches. Some things I have my kids use:
homemade jerky (so many flavor options!) and pemmican hard-boiled eggs (nice pre-peeled and seasoned!) crockpot meat in a thermos tuna works fine for many at room temp smoked salmon pork rinds (though I treat these chips) (go easy on the nuts, but some macadamias, almonds, even cashews if you're tolerant)
veggies of course: avocado/guacamole, coconut, pepper strips, carrots, spinach, celery, jicama, korean radish, home-fermented (sauerkraut, pickles, ginger carrots), etc. There's a bounty out there, but you do sort of have to tilt your head from what you're used to if you're relatively new to paleo as you said.
For example, I brought my breakfast today (ate it at "lunchtime"): smoked salmon, sauerkraut, a few dried apricots, and as a snack I had some pork rinds (MSG and other bad-stuff free). Should do me fine until dinner.
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