Back to school, back to reality, back to packing lunchboxes

I have a 10, 12 and 17 year old so I cater somewhat differently to each ones appetite and taste. Sometimes they help me choose what goes in each day, sometimes not. Having low carb kids is possible. It seems incredibly daunting at the beginning when we have been so used to throwing something like a sandwich, a muesli bar and a fruit yogurt in and when those are off the menu, it feels like an impossible task each day. But, like everything, you slowly get into a routine, and you also find your favourites which you rely on frequently. For my 10 year old, he absolutely loves tuna mayonnaise. He even eats it for breakfast. He loves cheese, peppers, carrots, sausages …… My tween luckily adores salads. She has always removed the filling from her sandwiches and left the bread in her lunchbox for me to throw away, so actually she was quite easy to convert. She loves avocados, cheese, olives, sausages, roast meat, seaweed snacks, and nuts.

All of my recipes and ideas are LCHF, low carb, wheat free, bread free, gluten free, sugar free, grain free… yet they are absolutely packed with nutrition. How? Because we have got rid of the starchy fillers such as bread, pasta, rice, wraps, and all the sugary foods like muesli bars, fruit yogurt, dried fruit, and juice. Yes my children have these occasionally, but rarely. They know they are treats and not to be relied on every day.

So, here’s how we go about packing a healthy lunchbox….

The Ultimate Low Carb Lunch Planner

Proteins

  • Tin tuna
  • Boiled eggs
  • Ham and cheese roll ups
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Sausages
  • Tuna mayo
  • Meatballs
  • Last nights dinner protein
  • Bacon
  • Salmon sashimi
  • Tuna sashimi
  • Crustless mini quiche
  • Zucchini quiche slice
  • Yogurt
  • Egg wraps
  • Cheese cubes
  • Cream cheese
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
Stripy Seeds

VEGGIES

  • Leftover dinner veggies
  • Broccoli
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot sticks
  • Green beans sliced
  • Celery sticks and nut butter
  • Homemade Salsa
  • Seaweed snack
  • Salad
cucumber fresh celery stems

FATS

  • Avocado
  • Coconut chips
  • Mayonnaise
  • Olives
  • Cream
avocado

FRUIT

  • Berries
  • Nartjie
  • Apple slices

Some general tips

Get your kids involved

Ask your kids to highlight what they like on each list

Try something new each day, it may take a few attempts until they accept it

Highlight each new food as they like them

Let them add to the list making up their own recipes

Get a lunch box with compartments to make a bento box

Cut veggies in different ways

Try different veggies each day

Give them a dip to go with their veggies like cream cheese, salsa or mayo

Hide grated veggies in meatballs and quiches

Add lots of good fats to their diet

Remember that good fat keeps them fuller for longer and stops them from constantly snacking

Limit fruit intake to three fresh fruit a day

Cut up fruit pieces with some lemon juice squeezed over is often better accepted

Give them enough water 

By changing your eating habits and teaching them about nutrition has just so many knock on effects. They are more open to trying new foods, they have a food knowledge that many adults would be proud of, and you are setting them up for a healthy life. If they are brought up with healthy food values, we hope it will continue throughout their life and may influence others. The entire concept of a healthy family is one we should all strive for. But remember, any step is a great one. Don’t be put off that it is too hard, be proud of any achievement and you are trying your best.