Part of prepping and meal planning for your paleo diet is deciding what to pack in your kids’ lunches. In some lunches, you will use dinner leftovers, which makes it easy. However, there are days when you need to do just a little more planning. Here are some tips for prepping their lunches.
Chop All Ingredients Beforehand
One easy way to prep their school lunches is to make sure all ingredients are chopped or sliced beforehand. If you have a rotisserie chicken you plan on breaking apart and including some in their lunch, do this before you put the lunches together. You should also have a day where you chop all vegetables, get sauces and dips ready, and prep anything else you have. This makes it a lot easier when you finally get to put the lunches together.
Add Room Temperature Ingredients to the Containers
You might not want to have the containers in the refrigerator all week, depending on what you include, but you can definitely add room temperature items beforehand. If you have any ingredients for their lunches that can be left out, go ahead and add them to the lunch boxes, so that when it’s time to finish packing them, you just have meat and some veggies left. For example, any nuts, seeds, and certain fruits or vegetables don’t need to be cold, so go ahead and add them now.
Set Up an Assembly Line
When you are ready with all the ingredients to put your kids’ lunches together, it is easier to set up an assembly line. You can also have your kids help, turning it into a fun family activity. Have different food categories in different piles, such as meat and seafood or protein sources, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats. You can then make sure the meals are well balanced and also get some help putting the lunches together. It is an easy way to prep and pack the lunches in as little time as possible.
Include Leftovers in the Lunches
A very easy way to use your dinner leftovers is to put them in their lunches the next day. It doesn’t have to be the entire dinner, but if some chicken, steak, or veggies are leftover, use those as certain components of their lunch. If you had chicken and some bell peppers left, you can easily find other ingredients for deconstructed chicken fajitas for a festive lunch that is definitely not boring.