I’ve been packing my daughter’s lunch for school, and snapped some pictures of what she’s been taking to give you ideas. We’re not on GAPS any more, but most of these are GAPS friendly. I have a few lunch containers, so when we have leftovers I’ll often fill up one of the parts with the same thing 2-3 days in a row, and then round out the lunch with different sides to keep it from being repetitive.
For more help packing GAPS lunches, or packing lunches for children with sensory processing difficulties, see Packing Simple Lunches for the GAPS Diet.
Please note these are not perfectly balanced every time. I’m not perfect, and to feed your child you do not need to strive for perfection. A lunch that doesn’t contain much protein, or contains more carbs than usual, can be compensated for with a nutrient dense breakfast and/or dinner.
Prior to school, our main meal of the day was lunch, we’ve had to switch the main meal to dinner. The lunchroom is very chaotic and my daughter doesn’t eat nearly as much at lunch as she does at home with us.
Recipes/where to buy linked below.
Banana (info about bananas on SCD/GAPS)
Gouda Cheese (contains K2, which is so good for development!)
A Lara Bar (GMO Free- this is in her lunch when I am running behind, I keep a box of them hidden in the cupboard above the stove)
Ranch (this does migrate to the other parts of the lunch, so I don’t pack anything sweet in the divided container)
Sauerkraut (She LOVES this in her lunch and always eats the whole thing, it cracks me up)
Homemade yogurt in the smoothie container– I do buy these as a treat (they are not GAPS friendly), and then we rinse out the container and re-use a few times.
Peanutbutter brownie (use sunbutter if your school is nut free)
Real Food Lunch 4
Chicken Apple Sausage (Trader Joe’s)
Real Food Lunch 5
Hard boiled Egg
Snow Peas (I buy a bag of these and then divide them out for the week after we get home from shopping)
Real Food Lunch 6
Monteray Jack Cheese
Leftover Tamale from dinner
Real Food Lunch 7
Cut up Cucumbers
Raspberries and Granny Smith Apples
Real Food Lunch 8
Plain Yogurt in a re-used container
Liverworst Sandwich on Sprouted Sourdough
Real Food Lunch 9 (short day, no snacks)
Real Food Lunch 10
Lunch Packing Equipment:
I use these BPA free plastic containers, if they don’t make it back home, it isn’t the end of the world, and I have 5 of them so I can make lunches ahead of time.
This water bottle is a favorite, and is easy to open for an elementary school student, but more re-useable and easier to clean than regular water bottles.
Metal utensils aren’t allowed at our school, so I use these biodegradable alternatives to plastic.