Tuesday, 4 October 2016

45 Tips, Ideas and Recipes for Your Nut Free, Paleo Kids Packed Lunch

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There are so many resources - books, websites, blogs, IG accounts - that you can turn to for help if you're packing your kids off to school with a paleo packed lunch. And that's great. All those almond flour muffins, nut butter on celery sticks and energy balls packed with dates, cashews and fruit.

But what if your child has a nut allergy? I find it quite difficult to find completely nut-free, paleo packed lunch ideas. My daughter isn't allergic to nuts, but her school is a nut-free zone. Which means it's not just packed lunches I need to think about, but also the few times a year I need to produce something baked and tasty for the school's Summer or Christmas fair. Or a charity or class cake sale.




No almond flour. No cashews. No pistachios (my daughter's current favourite).

So I gathered some of the best packed lunch resources - and, seeing as I like to help make your lives easier as well as mine, I've compiled them below for you, too. I hope this will help if you're catering for a nut-free child or school. 

All of them are paleo as well. Some (scroll to the bottom) are AIP.

A few ideas
Meatballs, pizza, roasted meats, chicken nuggets and home-made fish fingers can all be cooked and then cooled and refrigerated and packed in a lunchbox for a nutritious protein-packed lunch. Same with hard-boiled eggs (peel them first). Pack in with a cool pack if the weather's on the warm side. If you're packing a pâté or something spreadable maybe pack it in a small, lidded container and then pack something they can scoop it out and eat it on - like carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, celery or plantain chips. Otherwise if you make it all up beforehand it might get a bit tumbled about on the way to school. 

Keep it balanced
Some chopped up veggie sticks, a dip, some protein and some fruit is a good start. There's no point filling up the lunchbox with fruit muffins, berries and fruits - they'll need a mixture of foods to keep them going all day. Choose healthy foods that fill them up - eggs and chicken are good - and they'll keep their concentration into the afternoon. Juicy veggies like Romaine lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes - and fruits such as melon - will help keep them hydrated, too.

Ready? Here are the recipes. 

Yay, lunchtimes!

Paleo (nut-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free)

Nut-Free Paleo Chicken Nuggets - The Castaway Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - The Natural Nurturer
Instant Smooth Chocolate Chia Pudding - The Natural Nurturer


Nut-free paleo chicken nuggets - The Castaway Kitchen

5 Nut-Free Lunchbox Ideas - The Natural Nurturer
Paleo Pizza - Eat Drink Paleo


Paleo Pizza - Eat Drink Paleo

Paleo Gluten Free Fish Fingers - Eat Drink Paleo
Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Muffins - Eat Drink Paleo
Collard Green Chicken Avocado Rolls - I Heart Umami
Savory Breakfast Meatballs - I Heart Umami
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - A Calculated Whisk


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - A Calculated Whisk

Tigernut Brownies - A Calculated Whisk
Maple Brown Butter Muffins - A Calculated Whisk
Paleo Pretzel Dogs - A Girl Worth Saving
Paleo Corn Dogs - A Girl Worth Saving
Paleo Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets - A Girl Worth Saving
Calzone - A Girl Worth Saving


Paleo Pretzel Dogs - A Girl Worth Saving

Taco Egg Muffins - Delicious Obsessions
Banana Tigernut Muffins - Delicious Obsessions
Mason Jar Greek Salad - Delicious Obsessions


Mason Jar Greek Salad - Delicious Obsessions


Chelo Kebabs with Cucumber Yoghurt Salad - Delicious Obsessions


AIP Recipes (paleo, but also nut, egg, seed, dairy and nightshade-free)

No Nut Tigernut Spread - Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP


No Nut Tigernut Spread - Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP

Chicken and Ginger Mini Meatloaves - Healing Family Eats


Chicken and Ginger Mini Meatloaves - Healing Family Eats
Sweet Potato Coconut and Vanilla Cookies - Healing Family Eats
Apricot Noatmeal Cookies - Healing Family Eats
Chewy Nutter Butter Cookies - Beyond The Bite 


Apricot Noatmeal Cookies - Healing Family Eats
Cassava and Tigernut Flour Honey Graham Crackers - Beyond the Bite 
Double Pumpkin Spice Cookies - Beyond the Bite 
Tigernut Sweets - Beyond the Bite 


Tigernut Sweets - Beyond the Bite

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies - Beyond the Bite 
Chewy Plantain Apple Cookies - Lichen Paleo Loving AIP
All For The Love of AIP Breads and Wraps - Comfort Bites
AIP Turkey Tikka - Comfort Bites
Turkey and Cavolo Nero Meatballs - Comfort Bites
Paleo Asian Lamb Noodle Bowl - Comfort Bites
AIP Burrito Bowl - Comfort Bites
Fresh and Crunchy Sardine Salad - Comfort Bites
Avocado, Salmon and Palm Heart Boats - Comfort Bites
Pork Liver and Bacon Pâté - Comfort Bites
AIP Tuna Basil Cucumber Bites - Comfort Bites
Raspberry and Vanilla Squares - Comfort Bites


Raspberry and Vanilla Squares - Comfort Bites

Papaya and Strawberry Smoothie - Comfort Bites
Chicken, Bacon and Basil Power Salad - Comfort Bites


Chicken, Bacon and Basil Power Salad - Comfort Bites

Chicken Pesto Savoy Cabbage Wraps - Comfort Bites


Also check out the Back to School Lunch Box Roundup over at Adventures in Partaking and A Week of AIP Lunch Ideas at Unbound Wellness for more ideas.

And something to put them in...

When my children used to take just a sandwich, a piece of fruit and a snack, it was OK for it all to tumble around in the lunchbox together, wrapped in food bags or cling film. Now, for their paleo lunches, I tend to use a smaller, shallow container so that I can push everything in tightly. That way, their cherry tomatoes are tightly packed against their chicken drumsticks and I can pack in a silicone muffin case in the corner packed with blueberries or plantain chips.

I love Bento style boxes, especially as they're designed for exactly this type of food - so you can pack it all in tightly to keep it all in place on its way to school. And I also love the stackable lunchboxes. My school don't allow flasks of hot (even warm) soup but that's another idea if yours does, as the weather starts to get a bit chillier. 

Lunchboxes I love: 


        



Bloggers and Accounts to Follow for Packed Lunch Inspiration

Enjoying This Journey - Quite often posting ideas for paleo and AIP packed lunches which always give me some inspiration. Follow on Instagram or Facebook for updates.

The Castaway Kitchen - More Instagram inspiration for your packed lunches and other meals.

Lunchbox Doctor - You can sometimes find Jenny Tscheische on TV or radio - she's a nutritionist and an expert on healthy packed lunches. Not always nut-free and not always paleo, but a fantastic resource to follow, with lots of ideas. Follow on Facebook or Instagram for regular updates.


I've also written an ebook on AIP Snacks and Quick Lunches which might help, too. Go check it out!



What are your favourite nut-free packed lunch ideas for the kids' lunchbox? Share your view below or tell me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.




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