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Healthy and Nutrient Dense Lunch and Snack Ideas

When I first started blogging, I posted a daily series on what my 3 year old (now 4!) daughter and I ate in a given day. The whole purpose for the ‘what we ate today’ series was to be honest with myself and my readers on what I actually fed my kid on a daily basis. Now I am doing taking photos of her daily school lunches to help inspire you. We are not 100% perfect and I would never ever strive to be but I do try to send her foods I know she will love and ensure they are as nutrient dense as possible. Here she is a few weeks ago describing her lunch and snacks from the day for me. It is times like this that help me reaffirm my goals to keep my family as healthy as possible by giving them traditionally prepared, nutrient dense foods!

by the way – here is where you can get those adorable little dried ‘anchobies’

How to Amp up the Nutrient Density

I may be called the Homemade Mommy but just making something ‘homemade’ doesn’t automatically make it nutrient dense. We have been raised on a lot of diet dogma around what healthy eating is. It takes time and effort to change our mindset. Traditional diets are different from ‘whole foods’ diets in that they focus on traditional preparation for optimal nutrient density. There is a lot of wisdom out there – we just need to start paying more attention to it. Think of these ideas as ways to enhance your current school lunch and snacks to make it more nutrient-dense and to help you change your mindset on what is healthy. The good news is that I personally do not experiment much with lunches and often repeat the same lunch multiple times a week based on what my daughter likes best. I can focus on variety at dinner!

The Three Questions

For EVERY lunch and snack I pack I ask myself:

1. Did I include plenty of FATS?

  • I personally think it is pretty clear what the low-fat diet fads have done for our kids. One third of them are obese. Unfortunately when products are made to be low-fat they aren’t based on what nature has provided for us. The fact is, when you remove fat you remove the flavor and it then has to be replaced with artificial, chemical based ingredients that are toxic for everyone. I think most of you already agree that eating processed foods are bad for you and your family or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. So then where does this leave us? I think saturated fat has been demonized enough and frankly, is here to stay. Nature made it with fat for a reason. Fats are vitally important to growing kid’s brains and for sustained energy throughout the day.

2. Did I include a FERMENTED condiment?

  • Healthy, probiotic bacteria in fermented foods (what are fermented foods?) are essential to everyone and extremely underrated. Healthy probiotic foods are critical not only for digestive health but also at keeping our immune systems healthy and strong. Illness is rampant in daycares and preschools, why not build up your kiddo’s natural defenses?

3. Did I incorporate bone broth for vital minerals and gelatin?

  • Bone broth is one of those amazing foods that is both economical and easy to make while also packing a nutrient-dense punch. Although I am working on it, my daughter still doesn’t drink bone broth straight so I have to come up with creative ideas including cooking beans and rice in broth.

It is that simple, if I cover those three bases then I am a very happy camper and I know I have done my duty for the day.

Now for some ideas!

Lunch Ideas

Please note – in our family we do eat some corn and rice so we are not always grain free but they are soy-free and organic. We do avoid wheat unless it is sourdough and even that seldom makes it into my daughter’s lunchbox. Here are some lunches that are a hit with her:

Homemade Black Beans

1. What we call a ‘bean-a-dilla’ – a corn tortilla heated up with butter in my cast iron skillet with homemade soaked black beans cooked in bone broth (where to buy broths) and raw cheese. I make a few of these at the beginning of the week and freeze them. She doesn’t mind eating them cold. I serve with sauerkraut and a mixture of crème fraiche and salsa for dipping.

2. Speaking of beans – my daughter is in love with bean soup right now. I make large batches of black beans and store them in my freezer. It takes me 5-10 min to heat one serving up on the stove and pour it into her thermos

3. Ground beef tacos – this is one of my favorites because it includes everything I want for her to eat in one pretty package. My daughter eats her tacos with all the fixings including: guacamole, crème fraiche, sauerkraut and diced fresh onion and cilantro and raw cheese. I usually serve this with kale chips.

4. Egg salad and all salads made with homemade mayo are great served with coconut oil chips.

5. Fried rice (cooked in bone broth) with vegetables, eggs and meats of your choice. This comes together quickly and can be kept warm in a thermos.

Banana Pancakes

6. Breakfast for lunch. This involves leftover banana pancakes and either bacon or sausage served with maple cinnamon butter or ketchup for dipping.

 

 

 

 

7. Mezze – This one is basically where I throw together whatever I have in the fridge and usually involves hummus or babaganoush (when in season), raw cheese, a hard-boiled egg and some kraut.

8. Not so awful offal – my daughter would eat this recipe for potatoes with bacon and liver easily!

Snack Ideas

These snack ideas are amazingly creative not to mention that they cover all of the questions above!

Peanut Butter Bites1. These peanut butter bites (if your child’s school doesn’t allow peanuts you can substitute sun-butter or almond or cashew butter) look amazing and only require three ingredients!

(where to buy nut butters)

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Homemade Fruit Snacks

 

2. Seriously easy homemade fruit snacks made with gelatin and honey.

 

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Grain-free Granola

 

3. I am not sure how I didn’t think of this one myself – a completely grain-free granola made with nuts and coconut.

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Coconut flour blueberry muffins

 

 

4. These are my favorite coconut flour grain-free blueberry muffins because they are actually moist.  I sometimes add chocolate chips to them!

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homemade-applesauce4

 

5.I don’t mind offering fruit to my daughter but when I do I always make sure to add some healthy fats into the mix.  Try this homemade applesauce or these lacto-fermented berries mixed with yogurt or kefir and cinnamon

 

 

apple skin chips

 

 

6. Try these Apple Chips or these Apple Skin Chips for a twist on the basic fruit

 

 

coconut covered raisins

 

7. A pretty easy way to dress up raisins with coconut just like yogurt covered raisins.

 

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Corn Chips

 

8. I am not sure what life would be like without corn tortilla chips and for a while there I thought we would have to live without because I couldn’t find any made with coconut oil.

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(If you can’t do corn try these coconut oil potato chips)

 

 

 

 

banana chips

 

9. Do you own an oven? Then you can make these homemade banana chips.

 

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popcorn

 

10. No kid will turn down popcorn and when it is popped in coconut oil and coated with sea salt and butter, this is one nourishing snack.

 

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Sourdough Pretzel Bites11. If you do eat grains and maintain a sourdough starter then you will love this recipe for Sourdough Pretzel Bites with Probiotic Honey Mustard!

 

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cherry larabars

 

12. Aren’t these beautiful?  Homemade cherry pie Larabars!

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I hope I have inspired you with some great lunch and snack ideas!

Need more inspiration?

Follow along as I post daily lunchbox photos in my Preschool Lunch Series and on my Lunch Ideas Pinterest board.

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38 Responses to Healthy School Lunch and Snack Ideas

  1. Christina Hauri says:

    This is a great post! The video is adorable and I am definitely inspired by your list of recipes. I will be trying several of these in the near future. Thank you!! :)

  2. Meesha says:

    awesome post. making nourishing school lunches can one of the hardest things to do when trying to feed your child! I agree, find something they like and repeat, the variety can come with dinner. I’m considering buying some stainless steel lunch containers to help with dips and such that are hard to do in ziplock bags. plus I want to cut our ziplock bag usage.
    I also like your 3 questions. I employ those for at home meals, but it is a good reminder to try and figure out how to incorporate them more into the lunches.
    It would really help if my kids liked the same things! For dinner we all eat the same no matter what, but for lunch I have to cater to each so they will actually eat it. It’s no good if I pack it and it goes uneaten!

  3. Cat@NeoHomesteading.com says:

    Awesome post! I home school but these ideas are cute for planned be to style lunches. Maybe making it extra fun will appeal to the boys.

  4. Cat@NeoHomesteading.com says:

    Bento*

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