My First Paleo Lunchbox

Today is Monday – Paleo day for Maddie and I – I mentioned before that we’re trying out paleo eating, but only one day a week to see what we think.  I usually jump into things with both feet, torso, arms and my brain – but this time – I’m giving it a trial run before I do that.  I’m not 100% sold on paleo eating, and I’m aware that only doing it 1 day a week isn’t really going to give me the purported benefits, but I’m sticking a toe in the water mostly to see how we like the foods and the “restrictions.”

I’m impulsive, I’m not a big fan of restrictions.

Today I packed Maddie a 100% paleo lunch, and made her a paleo breakfast.  Breakfast actually isn’t that hard, farm-fresh eggs and nitrate free bacon – check.  Today though, I went a little different and made her a smoothie

Throw frozen peaches, blackberries, raspberries and some almond milk in the blender, voila!  I like using almond milk because the protein content is high – and protein and breakfast go hand in hand.  No protein for breakfast means you’re hungry an hour later.

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For lunch I made her a salad with lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, some bacon crumbles and Paleo Balsamic Dressing – using a quart mason jar and my cool BNTO inserts from the Cuppow folks.  LOVE those things!

I also sliced up an apple and tossed with lemon juice, put some raw walnut butter in a plastic container and added a sliced orange.  I am a bit worried about being light on protein in this lunch – but I think she’ll be okay.  She has to work tonight so I’ll take her a snack to tide her over until dinner – Asian Lettuce Wraps – YUM YUM!

bentgoI also ordered the kids some real live Bento Boxes last night – I ordered this version from  They had a few features that were important to us.

  • Divided upper tray
  • Spot for silverware, not just chopsticks
  • Microwave, Freezer & Dishwasher safe
  • Didn’t cost a fortune

You’d be surprised how many cheaper bento boxes are NOT microwave safe.  Our schools provide microwaves for the kids to heat up lunches, which makes packing lunches MUCH easier.  Leftovers, anyone?