Written by Amanda Donohue, blogger and student pursuing an M.S. in clinical nutrition
It’s back to school season, and that means you’re back to juggling a busy schedule. You may find that the inevitable tasks of helping your kids with their homework and school projects or running them to soccer practices in the evenings leave you little time and no energy for dinner food prep and cooking.
Why Paleo Meals are Great Meal Options for Kids
Statistics show that Americans spend almost 40 minutes a day cooking, almost 5 hours a week.1 Sometimes this just isn’t possible, and parents are left with options that include warming up frozen and already-prepared, processed meals that are often high in salt and other preservatives – a big no-no for developing children who need a lot of nutrients and are susceptible to diseases like obesity and hypertension.
For parents looking for a healthier alternative, Caveman Chefs offers evolving Paleo meal prep options that are comprised of organic, local sustainable ingredients — and a bonus, there’s no doubt your child will love them! In addition, many parents are challenged with omitting trigger foods in children with food allergies and sensitivities. In fact, more than 5.6 million children have reported having food allergies.2 Common food allergies include milk, wheat and soy, all of which are eliminated from our paleo meal prep options.
Kid-friendly Paleo Options
At Caveman Chefs, we offer two kid-friendly paleo meals that can be served at either lunch or dinner.
Almond-Breaded Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
These chicken tenders are made of fresh herb and almond flour-breaded chicken and come with a side of cauliflower dairy-free macaroni and cheese and honey mustard dipping sauce – a favorite!
Kids’ Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Our meatballs are grass-fed and laid over spaghetti squash and topped with fresh basil marinara.
Since both of these meals have an emphasis on vegetables (i.e., cauliflower and spaghetti squash in lieu of noodles), children are getting the healthy nutrients they need to foster good health. Spaghetti squash is full of vitamin C important for immune health, and cauliflower is also known for its antioxidative role and its fiber content, which is great for digestion.
Paleo snack and meal ideas for school lunches
- Carrots and celery and almond butter
- Chicken or tuna salad (substitute mayo with avocado) on a lettuce wrap
- Fruit salad (fall fruits include apples, pears and grapes)
- Hard-boiled or deviled eggs
- Trail mix
Save your time and energy, and let us do the cooking for you during the hectic back to school season. And parents, don’t forget to check out the meal options we have for you! Visit CavemanChefs.com to see our evolving Paleo meal prep options and choose from a meal plan trial pack, a subscription that is associated with one of 7 dietary plans, or buy the meals a la carte. Get started today!
At CavemanChefs, we make it easy for you to eat Paleo. Check out our fully prepared, fully customizable, meal plan delivery service, created by chef owners with more than 60 years of combined food service! We offer up to ten different meals per week! We offer fresh, local and sustainable food that is delivered to you whenever you choose and provides you with an easy way to meal prep for the week. Click here or call (866)-PALEO-23 to get started! We ship nationwide.