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Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right!

How can summer be over? Here’s how we’re avoiding labor this weekend, plus some great recipes for packing a Paleo lunch box!

Ah! Who let it be the official last weekend of summer? This weekend we’re living it up vacationing at a lake house, our annual tradition for Labor Day for the last 3 or 4 years. And true to the spirit of the holiday, we’re relaxing, enjoying one another’s company, and living up the last days of summer as much as we can. We hope you had as fantastic as a summer as we did – it’s just been one awesome adventure after another, like this camping trip we took last weekend…

Gluten free white pizza MOD, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

This pizza has nothing to do with our camping weekend, but it was too incredible not to share! This is from MOD, a local pizzeria serving up awesome gluten-free pizza- this one with bacon and brussels sprouts! Eating nutrient-rich foods every day allows us to enjoy special treats like these on occasion!

Cider braised brats, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

Every year on Cole’s birthday weekend we go camping (a full outline of the foods we always pack —> here!). Cider-braised brats and potatoes cooked on the coals did NOT DISAPPOINT!

Matt Stacy hiking, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

We took a family hike down a steep rocky trail, where water gun fights and lazy lounging in the water ensued! It is so nice to reconnect with nature and each other – one of my favorite things about this weekend spent in the woods with no electronics!

Cole smore's, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

And the weekend wouldn’t be complete without our favorite treat: Cookie Smore’s!! If we don’t make our own marshmallows, we buy this brand. Paired with homemade chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chips makes for the BEST SMORES EVER!

What We’re Loving This Week!

The Instant Pot is a cooking appliance we couldn’t live without. We even wrote atutorial and FAQ so there would be no apprehension in getting one (since we’ve heard that some of you are intimidated by this contraption). It can literally SAVE YOU HOURS every week in the kitchen. We love ours! Find it —> here!

Best paleo products, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

We’ve been cooking out of The Paleo Kids Cookbook for the second week in a row and LOVE IT! We’ll be sharing a recipe and meal plan from this book next week- so keep a look out for that! The kids will love picking recipes from this one! Get the book —> here!

We’ve been using Nutritional Yeast to add flavor and cheesy-ness to some of the dairy-free recipes we’ve been making this week! It’s not only full of flavor, but has a pretty impressive line-up of nutrients in it as well! Find it —> here!

Healthy Inside & Out

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I’ve struggled with my skin sensitivities since I was a teen. It shocks me how much BeautyCounter, Vital Proteins, and (modified) AIP have changed my skin for the better. I can’t ever remember being more happy with it than I am right now. This week I’m pre-menstrual and I’ve eaten more treats on vacation than I normally would, not to mention who knows what I’ve been exposed to when eating out so much. Normally my face would blow up with acne. But instead, I’m sharing this clean face, unfiltered photo and have NOTHING to hide.

Stacy naked face, Beautycounter labor day sale | Paleo Parents

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin, and I fully attribute my “healthy glow” to a focus on health INSIDE & OUT. That means safer skincare & better beauty products along with a nutrient-dense paleo diet and lifestyle. Specifically, I talk about the products I love and use myself in this post. 3 of my top recommendations are included in this week’s Spa Collection sale: Charcoal Bar, Charcoal Mask & Night Cream. If you’re wanting to look and feel your best, I can’t recommend these products enough!

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Our Favorite LUNCH BOX Recipes

Whether you go back to school this week or your kids have been back for weeks, packing school lunches is on everyone’s minds! Don’t forget we have an ENTIRE e-book to help you manage the lunch box situation, Paleo to Go. But, if you need more ideas and not an entire e-book, here’s some recipes on the blog we think you’ll love!

Paleo To Go
Paleo to Go, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

Healthy Gummy Treats
Gelatin Jigglers, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

Pizza Kale Chips
Pizza Kale Chips, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

Mango Snack Balls
Coles Mango Snack Balls, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

N’Oatmeal Cookies
N'Oatmeal Cookies, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

Mini Corn Dog Muffins
Mini Corn Dog Muffins and Cauli-Tots from Real Life Paleo, Lunch box ideas to start the school year off right! | Paleo Parents

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  • Paige

    Not very important, but just a note that MOD pizza is a nationwide chain. I thought they were only here in the Seattle where it was started but after I read this I checked the website and then the wikipedia and it sounds like they left the confines of Washington State in 2013 and have been exploding since then! So yay, more people can enjoy their GF pizzas! 🙂