Finding Keto-friendly options to pack for lunch shouldn’t be a reason to stress out your whole day. These quick and easy keto friendly options are great ideas to pack for a lunch on the go or even your kids school lunch.
Most times, staying on the Keto diet also means that everyone in the household is eating Keto as well. And what this also comes down to is that it requires a bit more prep work on your part to think of food items that will go over well for you and your children also. The good news? The food requirements on the Keto diet actually open up a lot of possibilities for great options that allow everyone to find and enjoy certain food items with ease.
If you’re looking for some Keto-friendly options to pack for your own lunch or for school lunch, here are some great food ideas that are quick, simple and on track with your healthy living goals.
But before we dive into the great options, let’s answer a few questions as well that just might give you a few more ideas on what to pack and serve.
What is the most filling low carb food?
Did you know that there are some foods that are just more filling, in general? And if you’re looking for food items that are going to have you feeling fuller longer so you’re less likely to snack during the day, consider adding in a few of these low carb food items into your meal and school lunch rotation:
- Spinach or other types of leafy vegetables
- Nuts and low sugar fruits
The great part about most of these filling low carb foods is that they can easily be packed up for school lunches without having to worry about keeping them hot or cold.
What should I pack for school or lunch on the go?
This is never an easy question to answer. And honestly, kids can be really “selective” when it comes to what they’re actually willing and wanting to eat. School is just now starting for the year so if you’re feeling tired and burnt out now, just think about the next few months down the road!
In order to give your children food for lunch that they’ll eat and not waste, you’re going to want to remember these key elements every day before they head out the door.
- Pack foods that you can eat easily
There is literally like 20 minutes for them to sit down and eat their lunch. And when you factor in the fact that they spend 19 of those moments talking to their friends, it’s pretty realistic to say that they have about a minute of true eating and chewing time on their hands.
Pack foods that they don’t have to have help opening and that they can eat easily, safely and quickly. Items like cut up veggies, cut up pieces of fruit or even a quick and simple protein bar are all great options for school lunch.
- Don’t use their lunch box as a time to introduce a new food
Just don’t. The last thing that your child wants to do on a busy day of school is open up their lunchbox and come face-to-face with a food item that they’ve never ever had before.
If you’re wanting to experiment with food, then do so when it’s dinner at home and you can serve it to them and talk about what they’re eating.
Keto-friendly options to pack for lunch on the go
Now that we’ve knocked out a few of the questions and answers that are common, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what you can pack for your children while still staying on track with Keto.
Here are just a few suggestions but make certain that you alter them to what works well for you and your family’s eating habits.
Veggies and hummus
What I love most about this option is how versatile it really is. Hummus is great and such a healthy snack to have (and easy to make, too!) and it literally goes good with all different types of veggies.
Think about sending a bento box full of hummus and chopped veggies that your child can dip and eat during their school lunch. Some of the veggies to add into their lunchbox could be:
Dare I even see that if you can make a Keto-approved Cloud bread, you could even have that as an option as well!
Now, I know a lot of people limit their fruit intake to an extent when they’re living the Keto-lifestyle but I also do believe that kids burn off natural sugars easier than adults. That being said, loading up their lunchboxes with fresh fruit is a great idea and simple to do.
I know for a fact that fresh fruit is a perfect alternative to all the processed dessert options out there so it’s a win-win if you ask me. Some easy fruits to add to your child’s lunch could be:
- Grapes (cut them in half so they won’t be a choking hazard)
You can even whip up a simple and easy fruit salad that you can have in there as well. Don’t overcomplicate it if you don’t have to!
Let’s chat, parent to parent. I also know that sometimes, no matter what we do or what we send for lunch, our kids just won’t eat it. And while I know it’s important to stick on the Keto-lifestyle, it’s also just as important to make certain that your child is getting the food and nutrients that they need to thrive and grow.
If your child isn’t eating what you’re sending in their lunchboxes every single day, sit down and talk to them about what is going on. Ask them what they’d like to eat and then make that change. It’s easy to correct moving forward if you know what your child is hoping to eat!
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Do you have any Keto-friendly food ideas that you love to pack for lunch?
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