Feeling bored with the lunch packing options? Do the kids come home from school with a lunch box full of half-eaten food? We’ve got some inspiration for you! Plus, a look at our week and two brand new recipes!
New Recipes on the Blog this Week
A brand new recipe we created for superfood pudding– it’s loaded with only good stuff!
Crispy Orange Pork
Another new recipe (thanks to snow days)! Delicious recreation of a Chinese takeout classic, and it can be made AIP friendly!
Our Real Life
We survived Snowpocalypse 2016! The boys had a blast making snow forts and throwing snow balls after the 30″ of snow we accumulated. They’ve also enjoyed being home from school more days than they’ve gone in the past couple weeks! We’ve been playing games, reading lots of books, and cooking together – so thankful for the extra family time together.
And now we know why all the milk and eggs disappear off the grocery store shelves first when there’s an impending snow storm: FRENCH TOAST! It’s not Paleo, but it is gluten-free (find our Paleo version of French Toast Bread Pudding recipe here!) and it was the perfect beginning to my last snow day. When I do have an out of the ordinary indulgence like this, I make sure to balance it out with a mega dose of veggies that day (usually in the form of a MEGA salad!).
But “treats” don’t always have to be an indulgence. Wesley literally squealed in delight when I offered him whipped cream on his standard morning banana. Grass-fed and unsweetened, it simply added nutrients, but it feels like such a treat! We make it ourselves with the isi Cream Whipper (no additives!!). We’ve been using the isi cream whipper for a couple years now and it is one of our favorite kitchen gadgets. And YES, it works with our favorite coconut milk too!
It may not seem like a lot, but for not being able to even bend over without pain for six months (due to a back injury), reaching my handstand goals these past few weeks has been phenomenally empowering! Doing handstands is addictive, and has also been helping to provide healing relief as I continue to recover from an earlier back injury! If you’ve never tried it before – go for it! Even if I can’t lift heavy yet, things like this remind me that yes, I am still strong.
We’ve heard such wonderful feedback from people who ordered and loved our Pantry Must Have and Paleo To Go Boxes, thank you – we’re so glad you’re enjoying them! With recent additions to One Stop Paleo Shop inventory we wanted to update the boxes with some of our favorite new products, as One Stop Paleo Shop is always adding the best of the best Paleo resources – one of which, the Paleoful Pancake Mix was one we personally loved so much that we actually begged OSPS to start carrying it!
Being holiday fanatics, we wanted to create a special Valentine’s Day box full of healthier sweets and treats! Forget your standard box of chocolates, gift this to your sweetie (or yourself!!) instead!
NEW Valentine Sweets & Treats! —> HERE!
while supplies last!!
We are so insanely honored to be nominated by you all and included on the ballot for Paleo Magazine’s Best of 2015 Nominations!! This is the 3rd or 4th year we’ve been nominated but we genuinely didn’t expect it this year, because we didn’t have any new books out and weren’t active in the nomination process. What a wonderful surprise!
Thank you for not only nominating The Paleo View for the ‘Best Podcast’ in the science AND general health/wellness, but for also nominating OUR BLOG as a BEST BLOG FOR FAMILIES!!! We can’t even begin to put all the feels into words.
Lunch Box Favorites!
With four members of the family taking a packed lunch everyday – we’ve gotten really good at keeping lunchtime interesting and enjoyable. Here are some of our lunch box favorites for kids and adults!
Chosen Foods Mayo
This is hands-down our favorite Paleo mayonnaise! It has the classic mayo taste and is so convenient for when we want to throw together roast beef rollups, lettuce wraps, tartar sauce, and quick dressings. Made with avocado oil for a neutral taste, this is a mayo that you can feel great about feeding the kiddos! Find it —> HERE. (Discount code below!!)
Pure Fruit & Veggie Strips
By FAR our favorite strips because of their AWESOME texture, think fruit leather strips with added veggies (but the kids won’t know!). These dried fruit strips are the perfect size for lunch boxes, and are a great way to add a healthy “sweet” to lunchtime. Find them —> HERE.
Hot Dogs from US Wellness Meats
A classic kid-friendly food, high-quality hot dogs are an easy (and quick!) way to add protein to a lunch box. US Wellness Meats has some of the highest quality franks we’ve had. No fillers, no added junk, and made from pastured-beef or pork. Find them —> HERE.
We’ve tried a lot of different Paleo meat sticks and jerky, and Chomp Sticks continue to be one of the boys’ favorites. They love when they get one in their lunch box. Since these are individually wrapped, they are also perfect for throwing in a gym bag for between school and sport practices. Find them —> HERE.
A necessity for the kids who are in nut-free classes, SunButter can do all of the same things that peanut butter or almond butter does. We especially love it for creating Ants on a Log – another lunchbox favorite! Find it —> HERE.
Our Favorite Lunch Box Recipes
Weekly Discounts & Coupons
We’re fortunate to partner with some incredible companies that, like us, work towards promoting health, wellness, and fun! Your support of these companies helps support us, and we greatly appreciate that.
ONE STOP PALEO SHOP: 15% off select essentials: Primal Kitchens Mayo, Cassava Flour, Pure Lard and Vital Proteins (ends 1/31)
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COCOA MANNA BREWING CHOCOLATE: 10% off with code: Paleo2016
PRIMAL LIFE ORGANICS: 10% off with code: PP-PLO-CLUB and weekend flash sale 30% off selected products!
CHOSEN FOODS: 10% off with code: paleoparents10
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