Welcome Back to School with a Healthy Lunch

We all know it’s a sad state of affairs when we think about the state of school lunches. But when we see ‘healthy lunch’ ideas touted by what we regard as valid sources of information, it doesn’t really help the situation. Just yesterday, I received an emailed newsletter entitled 5 Tips to Pack the Perfect School lunch, which, although sounding quite promising, was a real disappointment. Some ideas included a photo of peanut butter and jelly on white bread with raisins on the side, packaged cheese cubes with crackers and the suggestion to skip juice (yes!) in favor of low fat milk (oh, dear). While the tip about getting your kids involved in the preparation was a great one, it’s not helpful if you’re only teaching them how to shop for juice boxes and “Lunchables“. What to do? Pack your kids’ lunch just the way you’d pack for yourself for the office or for a period of time when you’re going to be away from the house for a long time. Small, portable containers with crunchy fresh veggies drizzled with olive oil, sliced homemade roast turkey or chicken, whole fresh fruit and perhaps some raw nuts, packed in a thermal tote with an ice pack are all very valid options. Need help?  Check out my Paleoista Kid’s Plan! Welcome back to school!