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Adult Lunch Box: First Day Simple

11 Sep

It was my first day back. It was a short day. I over-indulged all weekend at a family wedding celebration. I kept it simple and tasty. No cooking required.

 

Lunch Box Contents:

Sliced Pear
Almond Butter (in the small round container) for dipping
Baby Cucumber
Summer Sausage & Garlic Goat Cheese mini-sandwiches – what I do with these is take them apart and eat them open-faced and topped with baby cucumber. YUM!

See? Simple. The kind of simple that anyone can implement after a weekend away (where we missed our chance to hit the market and didn’t even make a run to the grocery store!) that still hits all your protein, fat and some carb-goodness :).

First Kids Lunch Box: Nothing But Basics

1 Jul

Well, the day has come! My 3.5 year-old is starting her first session of summer camp. It will be a little bit scary (no naps at camp!), but a great ‘trial run’ for when she starts school in September. And it will be our first time sending her out for the day with a packed lunch (her daycare provides lunches). 

So….here is her first lunch box. We try to feed our daughter Paleo, but have had trouble getting buy-in from others in her life, so we allow rice crackers as a bit of a compromise. What I love about the Planet Box lunch boxes that she and I both use is that they come with adorable magnetic ‘decorations’, which also allowed me to note that she is GLUTEN FREE for her camp counsellors, in case any of the children share food…hopefully it’s a helpful reminder (and it makes me feel better!).

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Lunch Box Contents:

Hard-boiled eggs (cut in half because sometimes she only eats the “white part” ;))
Sugar snap peas (opened for her since she can’t get them open. We call these ‘green candies’ and she has NO idea they aren’t ACTUAL candy!)
Summer sausage slices with rice crackers
Strawberries

Note: ALL contents in this lunch box were purchased from the farmers and producers at our local farmers’ market! Nothing makes me happier than market day, aside from knowing that my kiddo is eating food from people we know personally and trust with our health.  

 

English Bacon & Purple Sweet Potatoes!

13 May

Purple sweet potatoes are the sweetest, according to the farmer who slipped us a few for free after we bought a few pounds of orange sweet potatoes at the market!

 

Lunch Box Contents:

4 slices of English Bacon (also called back bacon)
1 purple sweet potato
Summer Sausage ‘sandwiches’ filled with a goat cheese chèvre spiced with rosemary and basil…YUM!
2 hard-boiled eggs

I have learned a lesson over the past 8 months: calories DO count. I think I was over-feeding myself, thinking that because the food is all Paleo/Primal, it wouldn’t cause weigh gain. Well…it has. So I’m reigning the portion sizes in, trying to get my body back to its fat-burning awesomeness!

Lunch Box 8: Buttery Pumpkin Mash & Grass-Fed Beef Cold Stir-Fry

27 Sep

It’s FALL! It’s FALL! My Farmer’s Market was just screaming with fall deliciousness. Sweet potatoes, a spaghetti squash and a Sweet pumpkin (the green kind, not the jack-o-lantern kind) came home with us.  And made it into tomorrow’s lunch box. I have also been experimenting with ‘meal’ type foods that can be eaten cold, as I do not have access to a microwave on my long days. I think we have a winner, and it’s in this lunch box.

Pumpkin-y goodness

Lunch Box Contents:

Mini-cucumber & goat’s milk cream cheese sandwiches
Farmer’s Market (nitrate-free, naturally raised, etc.) summer sausage & pepperoni stick
Pumpkin Mash*
Grass-fed ‘good when it’s cold’ beef, cilantro and veggie stir-fry

* Chop top off pumpkin, remove seeds and throw pumpkin in the oven at 350 for an hour
Pull the orange guts out of the pumpkin and mash them up in a big bowl. Add a generous amount of butter and a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
Transfer to a pot on the stove, turn stove to medium. Add some heavy cream and more butter and a bit of coconut oil if you choose and stir until all melty and delicious.
Eat. Love. Yum.

Lunch Box 5: Summer Sausage “Sandwiches”

20 Sep

I am SO excited to eat this Lunch Box tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a day I can tell I will come to dread: Tuesday. On Tuesday I am out so long that I miss putting my daughter to bed at night. Tuesdays aren’t my favourite. This lunch box, however, just might be!

I think I'll add the shrimp to my 'sandwiches'....or maybe I'll mix the shrimp in with the avocado and make a salad...sooo many options!

Lunch Box Contents:

All-natural, nitrate-free Farmer’s Market Pepperoni Stick & a handful of almonds
Avocado chunks & a hard-boiled egg
Open-face summer sausage “sandwiches” – Thinly sliced summer sausage topped with sheep’s milk bocconcini cheese, cucumber & avocado
Cooked shrimp (final decision: will be mixed with the avocado – shrimp & avocado are SO good together, right?!)
1/2 triangle of President’s Choice 72% dark chocolate

Lunch Box 2: Stuffed Mini-Peppers…buuuuut….

15 Sep

Today’s lunch box had a fatal Paleo flaw…NOT. ENOUGH. FAT!

It was a short day (only 6 hours out of the house), but I was hungry. Really hungry. Like, ‘must-eat-now-grabbed-a-dark-chocolate-bar-and-ate-three-squares-on-the-way-home’ kind of hungry. Like (dare I say it?) low-fat, high-carb, ‘back in the day’ hungry. I despise that feeling.

I thought the 1/4 avocado that topped my tuna would do the trick, but I think with what I assume was an insulin spike from the sheep’s milk cream cheese, it just wasn’t enough.

Yummy, but not filling.

Lunch Box Contents:

Delicious Leftovers – Mini-Peppers, stuffed with sheep’s cream cheese and baked for 30 minutes at 350
Summer sausage
Almonds
1 full mini-cucumber
Tuna with olive oil mayo and celery topped with 1/4 avocado

The verdict:

I think that one is obvious. I was left hungry.

The mini-peppers were beyond delicious. We had them for dinner last night along with a grilled wing steak from our quarter of a grass-fed cow that we bought at the beginning of the summer. They tasted *almost* as good cold the next day.

While I was eating my boring tuna I was having big regrets. I should have mixed in way more veggies and topped it with plain olive oil and balsamic instead of using mayo. Next time!

Lunchbox 1: Simple & Speedy

14 Sep

Some nights we have leftovers. Most nights we don’t. Since my daughter refuses to eat anything other than eggs, fruit and cucumber at the moment, we generally just cook dinner for two once she’s in bed, and we usually eat it all :). Today’s lunchbox was leftover-free, and took me about 60 seconds to throw together. Today’s lunchbox was a ‘long day’ lunchbox as I was out and about (commuting and at school) for over 9 hours, so it was a pretty full one!

Lunchox 1

No leftovers, super fast

Lunchbox Contents:

Blueberries
Almonds
Red Pepper Slices
Summer Sausage & Prosciutto
3 hard-boiled eggs
in the small container: 2 squares of Lindt 85% dark chocolate

The verdict:

I stayed full. Almost too full. I ended up eating the lunchbox in chunks and ended up with one egg and a couple chunks of chocolate.

I wasn’t jealous of the girl sitting next to me in my first class eating the greasy and delicious-looking slice of pizza, or even the girl in front of me with the 300 grams-of-sugar smoothie ;).

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