Guest Post -- Suzie Macaluso & School Lunches

Hi! My name is Suzie and I met Mark 2 ½ years ago at a work retreat focused on silence. Can you imagine? Mark at a silence retreat?

Anyway, I was 7 months pregnant and had been off and on Paleo for a few years. I was thinking about how I wanted to raise my daughter and what her nutrition would look like. A few months after the retreat Mark started the Simply Human Lifestyle website and podcast. As my daughter, Caroline reached the solid food phase of babyhood I reached out to Mark to see what he was planning to feed his new baby, Hunter, as his first foods. 

The daycare thought I was crazy for sending black olives, egg yolks, and avocado in Caroline’s lunch but it’s now been 1 ½ years and they no longer seem to question our food choices.

Now, Caroline doesn’t just eat a Simply Human/paleo/whole foods diet because it’s good for her and I’m a crazy hippie, but we discovered that she does not tolerate gluten or dairy. Dairy is a real bummer as high fat milk products from grass-fed cows is awesome. Sadly, her little tummy just can’t digest it properly so she eats a dairy/wheat/soy free diet. 

As Caroline has gotten older, school lunches and snacks have gotten a little more complicated as her daycare provides "non-human" snacks and a pizza lunch on Friday. To start the year off we decided that we would just pack all of her food for school and the daycare would feed her nothing. 

Periodically I’ll be posting some preschool lunch ideas. I use a Yumbox and have loved it so far, it manages to make a ho-hum lunch look adorable. Please note that these pictures are taken using my iPhone 4s and I have no plans to upgrade and get professional with my photography.

Leftover meatloaf, black olives, green grapes, cucumber and carrot slices. Always include ketchup. Ketchup is key to getting my baby to eat her meat

Leftover meatloaf, black olives, green grapes, cucumber and carrot slices. Always include ketchup. Ketchup is key to getting my baby to eat her meat

Grass-fed beef hotdog, black olives, cut apple, frozen peas, and a sunflower seed/chocolate chip cookie

Grass-fed beef hotdog, black olives, cut apple, frozen peas, and a sunflower seed/chocolate chip cookie

2 hard boiled eggs (she generally only eats the whites), apple, frozen peas, and black olives.

2 hard boiled eggs (she generally only eats the whites), apple, frozen peas, and black olives.

Grass-fed beef hot dog, black olives, peas, cantaloupe

Grass-fed beef hot dog, black olives, peas, cantaloupe

Caroline usually eats the fruit first and the veggies last. Some days she eats more than other days.

For snacks we usually pack her a baggie of freeze-dried strawberries, raisins, and rice Chex (totally processed, not paleo, but it’s gluten free and helps her feel “normal” when everyone else is eating cheerios or goldfish). Thanks for reading and I hope that you feel a little more confident in planning your own little one’s lunches!