The secret to this theme is absolutely thinking outside the box. But really, you don’t need to be a creative giant to enter the land of LCHF lunch box bliss. You just need 5 very practical things really:
1. You need to know how incredibly low in nutrients, and high in allergens bread in our country (And most other countries) is. This way other options out weighs the convenience side of bread. (The TRUTH about the bread we love…)
2. You need to multitask dinner into a time to cook a meal and pop a potential lunchbox candidate into the oven or pan at the same time. (Boil eggs, cook chicken sausage, meatballs & bacon, grate or cube the cheese, slice the veggies)
3. Plan and adjust dinner portions that could easily make it’s way into a lunchbox in a slight different format. Think chicken wings, an extra steak cut into strips, drumsticks, mini meatballs on a stick, a leftover chop, use chicken breast, cubes and make mini kebabs. Invest in sosatie sticks. Messy foods handle better skewered onto a stick. And this way… you turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Example 1, Example 2.
4. Invest in smaller bowls that can fit into a lunchbox or lunch boxes with dividers, especially for toddlers. Think about the things that get kids excited commercially, bright colours and simple silly things that are packaged in new ways.
5. Take one day in a week and make treats you can either refrigerate or freeze and pop into lunch boxes as the week progresses. Examples of these would be, tiny bowls of frozen yoghurt, brain booster bars, low carb cookies, muffins, brownies, homemade chocolate candies filled with nuts, seeds or berries, chocolate clusters, mini cheesecakes, no bake balls etc.
1. Boiled egg wrapped in cheese sprinkled on a slice of roast beef.
Blueberries and pecans
Cream cheese cucumber sandwiches
carrot coins and cherry tomatoes
Simply cut a boiled egg in half and place it flat side down on a slice of roast beef that’s been sprinkled with cheese. Roll and stick a toothpick through it!
2. Kiwi and strawberry kebab. Salami and guacamole taco’s. Tomato, olive and feta salad. Pecans.
1 ripe avo, cut into chunks
2 Tbsp cream cheese
squeeze of lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
Half a handful fresh coriander leaves. (optional)
2 Tbsp double cream yoghurt
In a food processor or blender, mix all the ingredients together and scoop a few tablespoons full in a slice salami, lightly fold in half and dress with a sprinkle of cheese.
3. Steak slices, cream cheese, tomato and rocket sandwich
4 naartjie slices
Chocolate macadamia filled homemade chocolate
This one is as easy as prepare an extra steak for dinner and slice into strips. This hits the spot for adults and older kids. Filling wise, you can play with low carb mustard, mayo, grated cheese or cream cheese and a dash of hot sause for hubby… etc.
kiwi and strawberry kebab,
free range chicken sausage chunks and cheese kebab.
Macadamia & Blueberry truffles.
These guys are super easy and quick to make.
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup coconut creme
4 Tbsp Cocoa
3 Tbsp Xylitol
In a saucepan on medium heat, allow the coconut oil and xylitol to dissolve and melt. Add the cocoa and coconut cream and whisk briskly for 2 minutes. (As soon as a creamy, thick, glossy consistency is achieved)
Use a silicone mould and add your choice of berries, nuts, grated orange rind or toasted seeds. Pour spoonfuls of chocolate into each mold and pop into the freezer for 15 minutes or till your ready to pack them.
I place mine upside down on muffin liners.
5. Bacon or black forest ham wrapped around a cream cheese and red pepper filling.
Quick steamed broccoli florets with grated cheese,
4 naartjie slices,
half an egg
6. Free Range chicken sausage lollipop,
cucumber stuffed with cream cheese,
strawberries in low carb choco nut spread (almost like nutella)
Free range chicken sausage links. (Add low carb mayo or mustard if needed)
Choco – nut spread or dip:
Use the same recipe and method as macadamia and blueberry truffles as mentioned above.
Stir a few tablespoons of nut butter with equal amounts of chocolate sauce. Stir and serve with berries or a few apple slices.