A Grain Free Lunch Box #2

Previously, I have shared with you what my kids like to eat, and even what they take to school in their lunch box. Their diet is probably best described as 80/20, with 80 percent being paleo and 20 percent being gluten-free. I’m trying harder and harder to make sure that that 80/20 becomes 90/10, but gluten-free is still something that’s easier to manage when they are out with friends.

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A Grain Free Lunch Box

In previous posts I have shared with you lunch box recipes that will keep your little ones full throughout their busy days. Today, I thought I would share with you what those grain free lunch boxes actually end up looking like.

All of these items can be prepared in advance and quickly popped into the lunch box by yourself or the child. Most mornings my cherubs actually put their snack items into their own lunch boxes. It gives them some feeling of control, allowing for their individuals tastes or preferences, but it is also one less thing for me to do on already busy mornings.

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Flourless Double Chocolate & Almond Cookies (Paleo)

These cookies are to die for! Possibly the BEST cookies I have ever made. Its a big call, I know, but they really are delicious and are a perfect treat to not feel too guilty about.

I’m not suggesting these should be a regular baking recipe, these cookies are definitely for special occasions, parties, or yummy gifts. They are not something that I want you to associate with eating daily on a paleo diet. If that was the case, then you need to do a sugar detox. If you are struggling when starting out, missing your chocolate fix or want to take a plate to a party that you know you can enjoy, then these cookies are for you.

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Paleo Pear & Blueberry Muffins

As many of you have enjoyed your bacon and eggs over the weekend (a daily occurrence in our house), I was trying to come up with a different recipe idea. I won’t ever get sick of bacon and eggs, but it has become my ‘normal’ weekday option. Often, breakfast can be the hardest meal to find alternative recipes for when making the switch to paleo.

Growing up like most other Australian kids I ate my Weetbix just about every morning. I didn’t like it much back then and I can barely look at them these days. Cereal or a slice of toast has become the ‘normal’ start to most peoples days. Its not the normal option, its the convenient one, that we thought was a healthful one. I always thought that the milk with my cereal was what left me feeling a little sick in the stomach, but I know better now.

If you just can’t do without your bowl of cereal to start your day, there are options. Why don’t you try my Toasted Cinnamon CADA recipe here. If you would like to give something different a go, then please try these Paleo Pear & Blueberry muffins. They are delicious and very easy to whip up.

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Paleo Lemon Muffins

The other day I was talking about what my kids eat. I mentioned that I do a lot of baking for their lunch boxes and almost always my baking goodies are Paleo. Though that can be hard. Most of Paleo baking uses nuts; nut flours/meals or nut spreads. With nuts not being allowed in schools, this limits what I can use in baking.

I shared with you a ‘Healthy Paleo Lunch Box’ challenge earlier this year, where I posted 5 snack recipe ideas that were all nut free. If you search for ‘lunch box’ in the right hand menu you will be able to see these suggestions. Even with these recipes, you can easily get stuck for snack ideas that fill up your little ones lunch box, that are healthy and tasty.

So today I came up with this recipe for Paleo Lemon Muffins. I have way too many lemons in my fruit bowl, so instead of letting them go to waste, I baked.

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