Ella is a grazer and always has been. Pre keto that meant she ate breakfast on the way to school, or at snack time. Her lunchbox contained yoghurt, lots of fruit and sandwiches and without fail, the sandwiches were only ever slightly nibbled when I collected her at the end of the day. Of course, back then I popped the left overs in the recycling, made a cup of milky tea and some carbohydrate heavy nibble for an afternoon snack, or we popped to Costa for a babychino and some cake and she was content.
As us keto mums, dads and carers know, that approach simply will not do! Food has to be eaten… no picking and choosing the good stuff only and rushing out to play. No, sir.
So, where do we go from here? I have spent a lot of time creating meal plans full of quick nibbles and known favourites to trial in my kitchen for Ella to taste test over the past few weeks, on a timer, to make sure they were school lunch friendly! As a result, I have mastered a weeks worth of keto picnic lunches to suit Ella’s taste buds and sensory needs ready for the first “new school year” since 2018!
I hope these ideas inspire you and help remove any return to school lunchbox jitters you may have! I look forward to feasting my eyes on your tasty creations over the coming months too.