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!
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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!
For lunch I usually pack down a big, hearty salad (nuts & chicken included). Since you're active after school, maybe include a sweet potato hash.
Get one of those small soft-sided coolers and an ice pack so you can pack: Cooked steak cut into small pieces, hard-boiled eggs, frittata, etc.
"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.