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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 :).

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Kindergarten Snack Box 2: She Did It Herself

6 Sep

Today’s Snack Box was 100% designed and implemented by my almost-4-year-old!

As soon as we got home from home care after her first day of school (!!!) we headed straight to the kitchen. She helped me wash out her Planet Box and then opened the fridge and cupboard and selected the contents of tomorrow’s box. The whole thing took about 15 minutes, and it was a great opportunity to spend a little bit of quality time together after her super busy day.

Lunch Box Contents:

Hard Boiled Egg Whites – today she decided she “doesn’t like the yellow part”, so she peeled the eggs (I sliced them in half) and popped out the yolks (I ate one and shared the other one with the dogs)
Strawberries – She even cut the stems off, with my help
Baby Cucumber – again, she insists they taste better whole; these baby cucumbers have taken the place of granola bars in our household…they’re not terribly filling (but neither are grain-laden granola bars), but they really are satisfying to crunch away at when water won’t cut it!
Rice Crackers & Raisins – for a reminder as to why my mostly-Paleo kid gets rice crackers, read this post 

I have a feeling the raisins are here to stay for a while. I’m hoping to find a way to ‘sneak’ egg yolks into her diet soon. That’s my next research project :).

Sausage for Breakfast On-the-Go!

5 Jan

The cucumber sandwiches have returned! Hurrah!

This lunch box will serve a dual purpose. I have class 8:30-11:30 then head directly to my 1pm Crossfit class. Very excited to try the sausages cold dipped in a sugar and additive-free marinara sauce!

Lunch Box Contents:

Two all-natural, nitrate and gluten-free sausages, chopped up
in closed container: sugar and additive free marinara sauce from my local farm store (same store I got my sausages!)
two squares of 80% dark chocolate
Cucumber and goat cheese mini-sandwiches
Egg sandwiches made with homemade Paleo mayo and Paleo bread

 

Lunch Box 11: Ribs, Glorious Ribs!

8 Oct

Leftover ribs are amazing. That is all.

Another ‘idiot-proof’ lunch box thrown together by my husband. Note the paper towel wrapped around the frozen shrimp to absorb the moisture as they thaw.
 
Lunch Box Contents:
 
Frozen cooked shrimp
Handful of almonds
yellow pepper slices
2 hard-boiled eggs
Leftover home made grass-fed ribs made with a dry rub and drizzled with honey.

Lunch Box 4: Paleo Breakfast On-the-Go

18 Sep

Almost as soon as I got home from our weekend getaway this afternoon, I hard-boiled a dozen eggs and prepared my Monday lunch box. I know myself. If I don’t prepare my food first, I may not prepare it. Mondays are an interesting day. I only have three hours of class and it’s a morning class. I’m home in time for a late lunch. That means I need to eat on the way to class, in the car. Everthing in my Monday lunch box needs to be edible using one hand so I can eat while I drive.

Here is my first Breakfast Paleo Lunch Box:

My first Paleo breakfast box!

Lunch Box (Breakfast Box) Contents:

1/3 avocado, sliced with
3 slices nitrate-free chorizo
2 slices naturally raised, nitrate-free bacon (cold bacon = love!)
1 slice of Elana’s Pantry Paleo Bread topped with coconut butter (it’s melty-looking because I had to melt it to make it spreadable as it’s freezing in the house today!)
1/2 a peach, sliced
1/2 Cashew Larabar (leftover from Friday’s giant box!)

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!