Sunday, October 21, 2012

Real food lunch box ideas for children


that's the way we pack our lunchbox here.

A healthy lunchbox considers children's need to consume healthy fats such as butter, coconut oil and cream, protein such as raw cheese, pastured eggs or grass fed meats consumed with bone broth or bovine gelatin and carbohydrates.

We love.....

- fruit and cream - stewed apples (with cinnamon) is a favourite
- jelly and cream
- raw cheese such as parmigano reggiano, nice with a few slices of green apple.
- macadamia nuts (only kind of nuts we now eat - read why here)
- cut up cucumber, capsicum and tomatoes
raw carrot salad
- small piece of steamed corn with lots of butter
- piece of apple, oat & maple slice
jelly cubes
- a few kalamata olives
- piece of quiche
- little pot of homemade ricotta with drizzle of honey
- slices of banana tossed in coconut
- goats curd (easy to make from raw goats milk) - drizzle with olive oil and great for a 'dip' with carrot and cucumber
- thin strips of omelette - will share my nonna's recipe soon, very easy and delicious
- cooked pieces of beetroot - simply boil peeled fresh beets in some water with apple cider vinegar and honey until tender - store in the cooking juices in a glass jar in fridge.


something warmed up on the stove and transferred into a little thermos. In our house this may be.....
- left overs from dinner
- potato gnochhi (homemade or as authentic as possible) with a few meatballs
- lamb chop with some roast root vegetables
- some white rice with a piece of white fish such as flathead (I usually cook this in some ghee, sea salt, lemon zest and parsley, then add a few tablespoons of rice from the night before and then into the thermos with a squeeze of lemon juice)
- a few wild prawns sauteed in some butter and garlic - maybe with some root vegetables, white rice or papaya & cucumber
- slowed cooked casserole of some description - lamb shanks with some broth and vegetables is great
- favourite is 1-2 tablespoons spelt pasta stars cooked in beef bone broth (I store in ice cubes so can easily make this) with some grated vegetables (carrot and zucchini), sea salt, a spoonful of butter, a squeeze of lemon juice.

Jude Bleauru emphasis in her book Wholefoods for Children, that if you can ensure your children are fed a nourishing breakfast and evening meal...what happens in between is of less importance. I take this approach - if all the food is gone, great! If not, then at least there is dinner and some homemade ice-cream (the perfect sleep tonic...I'll tell you why, with a recipe another day)

Please feel free to share any suggestions in the comments sections.

Note: I buy most of our lunchbox containers and drink bottles from biome, however the little rectangle pods I picked up online here


  1. thanks for some great suggestions x

  2. Thankyou! I'm always looking here for food inspiration. How do you manage your time in the kitchen though? I'm struggling to get a good routine going.

  3. thank you so much for all of you suggestions!!!i am curious as to what you are storing them in?? and can you offer any info on what type of cheese to use if raw dairy is unavailable in our state???

  4. When Elliott was at Montessori his lunches were like this but since starting Big School it's been more andwiches and crackers--which he doesn't even like! So we're heading back to this style. Thanks for all those great suggestions, and the pictures. i love those little tin snackboxes :)

  5. Where did you get a hold of the containers? They're excellent!

  6. Lovely, nutritious ideas! Finally someone wise enough to know that your usual 'healthy' kids snacks - nut bars, nut butters, low-fat yoghurts, muesli bars and the like - are anything but!
    I'm a big fan of the simple cheese + fruit combination. Or a boiled egg and a big glass of fresh coconut water, yum!

  7. so happy to have found your little space ... inspiring meals and i can't wait to check some of your links out. thank you. sarah x

  8. Thank SO MUCh for sharing!!! I'm visiting from fb, and so glad to have found your site. Can you point me in the direction of any posts you have about overgrowth of candida? Especially related to the greens. My daughter does not usually eat meat, and we load her up with legumes and greens- but could this be causing candida? I'd also like to learn more about the negatives of yogurt and fermented foods. So much to learn! Becky from

    1. Hi Becky, Thanks for your comment. This may give you a little more information to begin some research

      I think fermented foods are ok in moderation and if your metabolism is functioning properly (for most people this is not the case) I am still learning and researching this to make up my mind, so we consume minimally. Eating digestible foods (NOT green stuff as we cannot digest the cellulose) is important to avoiding candida overgrowth, avoiding antibiotics etc.

      Try slow cooked meats on the bone like osso bucco or lamb shanks ....Abbie loves scooping the marrow out with a tiny little spoon and loves all the broth as it is easy to eat (and easy to digest with all the gelatin etc)....Also think it helps if children see us eating with them and loving the food too :)

  9. Love this! Always looking for toddler food ideas here. Also love being inspired to move toward a whole food diet. I know I need to... slowly getting there! Found you at Documenting Delight on fb... glad I did! Having a good look around your lovely blog now! x

  10. All good in theory and looks gorgeously yummy but would love to know how many kids lunch boxes come home empty! I've really, really tried but those beautiful fresh veggies remain untouched and emptied as a slimy mess at the end of my son's school day..Grrr.

    What is it with kids and veggies! My partner and I love them. We have always cooked from scratch and I'm a good cook! We love salads and eat fresh fruit simply because we prefer good food to junk but my kids just don't get into it at all. In fact my three and half year old battles anything 'green' at dinner time. He literally won't eat a thing for lunch or dinner some days. I'm hard arse and very rarely offer easier alternatives figuring he won't starve and if he is (starving) surely he'll take a tiny taste of the tasty zucchini and mint fritter in front of him...but no, he'll prefer to eat nothing to veggies. It is very frustrating indeed!


Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. I love hearing from you and will respond to any questions in the comments sections. Natalie

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