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good paleo school lunches?

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Created August 21, 2011 at 2:05 AM

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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565 · October 19, 2011 at 3:26 AM

Careful you don't saturate your diet with too many fruits...

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495 · August 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Dragonfly, how do you season the meat to make it palatable when cold?

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5853 · August 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Try some smoked meats from a local charcuterie shop?

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160 · August 21, 2011 at 2:52 AM

haha me too! I'm thinking kebabs might be fun with veggies!

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2052 · August 21, 2011 at 2:33 AM

There are alternatives, eggs, cheese if you do well on it. If you really don't like cold protein though, try the starch+fat, see how you feel and perform, get your protein at other meals.

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32518 · August 21, 2011 at 2:24 AM

And I forgot the veggies, haha! Can you tell I like meat?!

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32518 · August 21, 2011 at 2:23 AM

I didn't like cold meat at first, but properly seasoned, it has become my favorite food.

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160 · August 21, 2011 at 2:13 AM

I don't like cold meat. Do you think I'm going to have to adapt? I've only been paleo since june so I've been able to have hot meals!

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32518 · August 21, 2011 at 2:12 AM

(and if you happen to be Lacto-Paleo, then cheese or yogurt, of course...)

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970 · August 21, 2011 at 2:46 AM

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.

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2047 · August 21, 2011 at 2:12 AM

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!

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453 · August 21, 2011 at 2:11 AM

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.

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32518 · August 21, 2011 at 2:11 AM

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.

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32518 · August 21, 2011 at 2:12 AM

(and if you happen to be Lacto-Paleo, then cheese or yogurt, of course...)

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32518 · August 21, 2011 at 2:24 AM

And I forgot the veggies, haha! Can you tell I like meat?!

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160 · August 21, 2011 at 2:52 AM

haha me too! I'm thinking kebabs might be fun with veggies!

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2052 · August 21, 2011 at 2:11 AM

"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.

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160 · August 21, 2011 at 2:13 AM

I don't like cold meat. Do you think I'm going to have to adapt? I've only been paleo since june so I've been able to have hot meals!

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32518 · August 21, 2011 at 2:23 AM

I didn't like cold meat at first, but properly seasoned, it has become my favorite food.

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2052 · August 21, 2011 at 2:33 AM

There are alternatives, eggs, cheese if you do well on it. If you really don't like cold protein though, try the starch+fat, see how you feel and perform, get your protein at other meals.

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5853 · August 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Try some smoked meats from a local charcuterie shop?

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495 · August 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Dragonfly, how do you season the meat to make it palatable when cold?

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145 · October 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

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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