Once upon a time I lived in a world when I could make just about everything from scratch. I had most the afternoon and evening to prepare whatever it is I wanted to make, and really had nothing standing in my way. But then I got pregnant, and while my appetite went up, my desire to cook complicated things (or any of the things, really) went so, so down. Suddenly I needed a snack in my purse AT ALL TIMES. Then, I gave birth. But that ability to go from zero to HANGRY in 3.7 seconds didn’t disappear. Nope! I was nursing a newborn, and with that came 3am night feedings where I struggled to juggle an equally hungry, sweaty, tired, and poopy (the kid; not me) baby whilst simultaneously stuffing an energy bar in my mouth to quench my rumbling stomach. And now I’ve got a one-year-old with the appetite of a horse, and I’m very quickly discovering that having a stash of easy-to-pack and easy-to-eat snacks in my purse is the ticket to agreeable restaurant outings and visits to the gym or church nurseries.
However, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably eschewed most pre-packaged foods in favor of “real food.” You know, the food that has always been food: meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and maybe some dairy. But these sort of things are typically described as “ingredients,” and usually require some effort to prepare (which isn’t bad, but there are really only so many free hours in the day), and even fewer can survive an afternoon getting tossed around in the lunchbox. If you have food allergies/intolerances in your family, this gets even trickier (we recently discovered Isaac has a dairy intolerance, which makes this nursing mom think lustful thoughts about ice cream and cheese multiple times a day), as even many packaged foods marketed to health-freaks like me can still contain the likes of gluten, soy, treenuts, ground nuts, and eggs (wahh!).
However, Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry of Paleo Parents
have stepped in to help us all out. In their new ebook, Paleo to Go, they’ve outlined some tips on how to put together nutritionally-balanced lunchboxes of travel-friendly real food, navigating common food allergies and restrictions among school children (and all the rest of us, really), including easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes like Pizza Egg Cups (!!!), Not-Beanie Weenies, and lest you think the Paleo Parents are health-food fuddie-duddies with all their healthy meal ideas, they include treat recipes for things like Chocolate Chip Coconut Macroons! They’ve also included a collection of their favorite brands of clean-ingredient prepared snacks to make our lives just that much easier.
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