A Month of Real Food School Lunches!

I’ve been sharing my 6 year old son Joshua’s lunches on my facebook page. I’ve received a very positive response and it has been requested that I put all the lunches together.

Here are 4 weeks (20) of his real food school lunches. Most of the time I give him leftovers from the night before. The lunchbox that I use is called a planetbox. Another option is the lunchbots. Both are stainless steel. The planetbox is great! I plan to use it for years to come and it saves on packaging in the long run. Many people have asked how I heat his food up. All of his lunches (including the leftover meats) are packaged with an icepack and served cold. He is use to eating this way and it doesn’t bother him (at least he hasn’t complained at all). If you think about it, we eat deli meats cold. I try to give him a cold dipping sauce as well, when he has leftover meats. Another question I always get asked is why I give him baby carrots (because they are rumored to be soaked in chlorine bleach). First of all, the brand that I give him are literally tumbled carrots (cut from big carrots). They are organic and never soaked in any bleach or ammonia…I even called the company to verify. Here is the snopes report on baby carrots. I am a Mom who wants to feed her kids real food in a culture where real food is not easy to seek out. My hope is that this will help you find your way a bit!




Applegate Farms Ham Rolls, Avocado, Mango, Berries, Enjoy life choc chips

Roasted chile lime chicken thighs, berries and mango, avocado, roasted butternut squash, enjoy life choc chips

Grass-fed taco seasoned beef, nectarine, strawberries, cucumber, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes

Chicken leg and roasted potatoes, roasted cauliflower, berries, mango, trader joes dark chocolate covered almonds

Seasoned ground grass-fed beef with asparagus, cucumbers and sugar snap peas, avocadoes, berries, trader joes dark chocolate covered almonds

Leftover roasted chicken leg, almonds, carrots, apricots, berries, trader joes dark chocolate covered almonds

Leftover roasted chicken with dipping sauce, cauliflower, avocado, berries and mango, apricots

Leftover pork roast, leftover roasted sweet potatoes, avocadoes, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, dried apricots

Leftover pot roast, leftover roasted potatoes, asparagus, berries and mango, apricots

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Hard boiled eggs and bacon, avocado, sugar snap peas, strawberries and mange, trader joes dark chocolate covered almonds

Leftover crock pot roast, fresh coconut meat, blueberries and strawberries, butternut squash, medjool date

Pastured sausage, avacado, broccoli roasted with bacon fat, raspberries and fresh coconut meat, hail merry chocolate macaroon

Leftover asian ground turkey, raspberries, sugar snap peas, carrots and guacamole, hail merry choc. Macaroon

Applegate Farms Ham Rolls, cashews, fresh coconut meat, carrots, blueberries, raspberries, medjool date

Chicken leg, hericots verts, avocado, black berries and strawberries, trader joes dark chocolate covered almonds

Wild shrimp with dipping sauce, sugar snap peas and carrots, blueberry goat cheese, strawberries

Leftover crock pot roast with dipping sauce, leftover roasted potatoes, mango, sugar snap peas and carrots, enjoy life choc. Chips

Leftover grass-fed beef with taco seasoning, mango, carrots, raspberries and blackberries, enjoy life choc. Chips

Leftover grass-fed burger with spicy mustard for dipping, sugar snap peas and carrots, sweet potato fries, blackberries and raspberries, trader joes dark chocolate covered almonds

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“Joshua’s Primal Lunchbox!”  which contains over 50 real food school lunch and snack ideas, plus my perspectives on feeding children with love.

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About Kathryn:


Kathryn Kos is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)  through The Nutritional Therapy Association, and a Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor through The University of San Diego. Her undergraduate degree is in Movement Science from Westfield State College. Her Master’s degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College. Kathryn is a nutrition blogger over atwww.primalblissnutrition.com, where she shares whole food recipes and articles pertaining to health and wellness. Kathryn wrote an e-book entitled “Joshua’s Primal Lunchbox” sharing over 50 of his real food school lunches, as well as a Primal Feeding Guide for Babies and Toddlers. She specialize in healing digestion, balancing blood sugar, balancing hormones, autoimmune conditions, weight loss, and feeding infants and children.

“My own health struggles occurred through years of following mainstream western nutritional advice led me down this path. I was eating what I thought was a very healthy diet (following conventional medical advice). However, I was struggling with feeling good inside and out. I ended up being diagnosed with several Autoimmune Conditions. I was having horrible gall bladder attacks and living on antacids. My thyroid was enlarged, and I struggled with anxiety and insomnia. My endocrinologist wanted to wait until my thyroid stopped functioning, and put me on a medication. That was the only solution offered. Doctors wanted to put me on medications. My philosophy is to find and heal the root cause of the problem, rather than fix the symptoms by taking a medication or removing an organ.Through my own intense research, I began my real food journey. My health changed drastically and my autoimmune markers went way down. I started to feelamazing and wanted to share my experience on a big level. I am so excited to share my knowledge with you!  I am dedicated to helping you realize what your bio-individual nutrition needs are, and giving you the tools to make positive changes in your life!”

-Kathryn Kos, NTP

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  1. These are GREAT! My youngest daughter was very picky about her school lunches–and she would go without before eating something she didn’t want. Until she was in 5th or 6th grade, she would only take yogurt, cheese sticks, and V8 juice. It made life easy.

  2. wow these are great – any chance you will post some of your dipping sauce recipes???

  3. I always enjoy seeing new ideas for the planetbox. Thank you for posting your beautiful pictures! I use one for my 6-year-old daughter as well and often delight in how pretty all the colors look when the fruits and veggies are added. My question…I notice in several of your lunches that you pack fresh avocado. Do you add anything to the avocado to prevent discoloration? I tried guacamole in her lunch once and was told that by lunchtime it had turned brown. Avocado is still a favorite so I’d love to get that into her lunchbox.


    • primalblissnutrition says:

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you!!! Yes I add either lemon or lime juice and that helps! It adds a nice “tang” too!

      • Thanks! Will have to give that a try. 🙂 I love how you also lay your protein on a bed of spinach. Beyond using spinach in our smoothies and hiding it in sauces, my daughter has yet to acquire a taste for fresh plain spinach but I keep trying. Maybe using it like this will help.

  4. I LOVE THIS!!!! This is fantastic – congrats Kathryn on serving as such a shining example of what every parent can and should be doing to ensure the health and vitality of their children. I don’t have kids yet, but when I do, I am TOTALLY stealing your lunch ideas lol. Nutrient-dense, primal, healthy and super-delicious looking – Joshua is one lucky little guy 🙂 Keep up the awesome work!

  5. Jennifer Carr says:

    These look awesome! I definitely want to try some of these ideas this summer with my kids, but I am wondering if he eats all of these things cold, or are they heated up somehow?

  6. I stumbled across this today on Pinterest n I literally put everything down n immediately went to the mall and bought a Planetbox (PBK had a sale on lunchboxes n I got an incredible deal on the Rover w/a carry bag for $40!!). I have been eating paleo for about 2 months but not my family. I thought I packed healthy lunches for my 7 year old until I saw this! My son has always been a picky eater n we have made great strides in the last year but seeing this made me realize we still have a ways to go. So inspiring! One question, how much of this does your son bring home? My son needs a lot of coaching to clean his plate. If I’m not there, more than half of his food comes back home. Any tips on this?

    • primalblissnutrition says:

      thanks! It varies from time to time. Sometimes it is empty and sometimes he leaves a lot. I just stick with healthy choices and if he is hungry he will eat. Whatever he doesn’t finish we always eat so nothing goes to waste.

      • Isn’t it amazing how kids now when they’re hungry and when they’re full? As an adult, I could take a lesson! If it looks good or smells good, I eat regardless!

  7. Thanks for adding the bit about baby carrots
    I stopped buying them and threw the ones I had at the time out. Glad to here

  8. Can we have your recipe for Asian ground turkey, pretty please? Sounds delish!
    Thank you for all the awesome lunch ideas!!!

  9. My kids lunches are gross these ones look good

  10. How much do you spend a week on groceries?

    • primalblissnutrition says:

      Jamie-between $200-$250 depending on what I need. Usually under $200 at Trader Joe’s, but then random things throughout the week.

  11. I was wondering if your little one eats everything cold or how you would heat the meats and roasted potatoes?

  12. Great to see these up again! Wonderfully inspiring!! I can’t believe I’ll pack my first school lunch tomorrow night! It’s frightengly overwhelming, although you make it look so easy. Any tips on getting your little ones to like meat? Grass fed meat with taco seasoning is about the only meat I can get Benji to eat without cringing, besides the occasional cheeseburger. I made steak, avocado and red pepper salad with a side of peaches and realized he only ate red peppers and peaches for dinner! Thanks for all the great ideas! Call me to share how the little ones’ first day goes! <3 Laura

  13. Stephanie says:

    This is so helpful! My kiddos are heading back to school on Monday and I’d love to keep my resolve to avoid school lunch at all cost. These are such great ideas. What kind of metal tray is shown in the photos? Is it portable, and where could I find one? Thanks!!

    • primalblissnutrition says:

      Hi Stephanie, thanks! It’s called a planetbox. There is a link to it in the first paragraph of this blog post! It is portable, easy to clean, and lasts for years and years. I hope you like it!

  14. Hi there, i see a lot of avocado packed in these lunches — doesn’t it get brown by the time they get opened them? i always wanted to include avocado but i notice it gets brown quite quickly and my kids wouldn’t go near it if it did! do you do anything special to avoid this? thanks!

    • primalblissnutrition says:

      Yes! A splash of lemon or lime juice works. I also sometimes cover it tightly in plastic wrap, even though I know that isn’t ideal.

      • I tried the splash of citrus juice and my daughter wasn’t crazy about it that way so I had to try alternatives. If you happen to have a planet box, try cutting the avocado in half and closing it into the larger round metal container that was included with the box. It keeps the avocado surprisingly green until lunchtime. 🙂

  15. Lisa Rambo says:

    Thank you so much for posting these pictures! I’m such a visual learner and needed some inspiration! :). Packing school lunch is new for me because my son is only 4 and a half, but you’ve really helped! thanks again, please keep posting! 🙂

  16. Thank you for posting this! We also live in upstate NY very close to where you are, and it is wonderful to see this. Our oldest starts school next year and we are planning how we are going to do lunches. This is hugely helpful for us as we are trying to get back to a primal diet.

  17. I was curious what is in your ham rolls? It looks like there is something yummy rolled up in there.


  18. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen.

  19. i absolutely love this page and your meal ideas! I have it bookmarked for whenever I hit a slump. my only issue is the nuts. My son’s school is a nut free school. I do not begrudge them for making this decision, but we are on a budget. Nuts are a huge part of our protein intake, as sustainably/locally sourced meat based protein isn’t always affordable. Can you suggest anything else I could pack that is a protein-dense snackable?

  20. Hi, these lunches look fabulous (to me anyway!) but there are a lot of components that my kids either can’t have or won’t eat. Mine kids are 6 & 8 and have been on a restricted diet almost all of their lives, so they don’t expect “junk food.”
    I’m assuming all of these are packed cold. My kids don’t like cold leftovers for the most part, which makes it difficult. They both hate avocado which is so disappointing. While they’ll eat the vegetables I make for them at home, they will only eat cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber & sliced raw zucchini in their lunch. Once in awhile, red peppers or carrots, but typically I find them still sitting in their PlanetBoxes untouched after school. Forget anything green & leafy! This is just the pickiness aspect of lunch, not the limitations due to food sensitivities & allergies! I bought great lunch gear, hoping to make it better & more exciting (mostly for me!) but it hasn’t changed things much, I still dread packing lunches for school!!


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