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.

Real Food lunch Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Lunch 1: 

Banana (info about bananas on SCD/GAPS)

Snow peas

Gouda Cheese (contains K2, which is so good for development!)

Ginger Apple Salad

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)

Real Food lunch Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Lunch 2: 

Sliced apples

Snow peas

Baked Chicken Fingers

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)

gluten free lunch 7

Lunch 3

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.

Apples

Peanutbutter brownie (use sunbutter if your school is nut free)

Clementine

Snow Peas

Bison Snack Sticks

Real Food lunch Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Real Food Lunch 4

Clementine

Snow Peas

Dates

Chicken Apple Sausage (Trader Joe’s)

Bubbies Pickle

Real Food lunch Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Real Food Lunch 5

Kombucha Gummies

Bison Snack Sticks

Hard boiled Egg

Coconut Saffron Rice

Clementine

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 Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Real Food Lunch 6

Kombucha Gumies

Baby Carrots

Clementine

Monteray Jack Cheese

Leftover Tamale from dinner

Real Food lunch Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Real Food Lunch 7

Cut up Cucumbers

Rice Crackers (gluten free)

Raspberries and Granny Smith Apples

Lamb from dinner

Mustard

Packed lunch

Real Food Lunch 8

Coconut Gummies

Bubbies Pickles

Plain Yogurt in a re-used container

Baby Carrots

Liverworst Sandwich on Sprouted Sourdough

 

 

Real Food lunch Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Real Food Lunch 9 (short day, no snacks)

Salmon Salad

Gala Apple

Green Peas

Real Food lunch Ideas by Health Home and Happiness - make ahead, simple, no cutsey shapes, but nutritionally sound

Real Food Lunch 10

Snow Peas

Peanutbutter Brownie

Coconut Flour Crepe with Almondbutter and Jam

Clementine, raspberries

Plain Yogurt

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.