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Back to School: Cornerman’s Kids’ Lunch Grub

Cornerman’s kids gettin’ some rays and grounding. 

It’s back to school time!

One of the greatest challenges any parent faces during the school year is finding something healthy for your kid’s lunch.

Do you give them money to buy a school lunch or pack?

In Cornerman’s house, we have 5 guidelines for Cornerman’s kids’ school lunches. They are: 

  1. eat protein (around 20 g)
  2. eat an above-ground vegetable (1-3 servings)
  3. eat high-quality saturated fat (1-2 servings)
  4. drink only water
  5. eat an in-season fruit (optional)

Note: we don’t measure our food or count macros. Instead, we listen to our body.

Cornerman’s Kids’ School Lunch Menu

Protein options

The easiest protein option for school lunches is packing leftovers from dinner (breakfast too). This also happens to be what Cornerman’s kids prefer. They eat like kings and queens. All the protein leftovers get placed into a glass container and stored in the fridge and in the morning the assigned kid wakes up and puts the food in the glass container in the countertop convection oven at 225 degrees and sets the timer for 45 minutes. While that’s cooking for the 45 minutes, they do their morning routine and get ready for school.  

Protein options: 

  1. leftovers from dinner the night before or breakfast (get a hot food storage container–click below)
  2. homemade jerky (beef, bison, elk, venison, lamb–all wild or grass-fed)
The leftovers from dinner. AZ Grass Raised Beef short ribs, kale, rainbow chard, onion, and mushrooms. Cornerman kid #1 and 4 pass on onions and mushrooms so they pick them out. 

Note: we don’t have “breakfast food” or “dinner food.” We just have food.

Above-ground vegetable options

The same goes for their above-ground vegetable option–they prefer leftovers most of the time. So when the leftover protein goes in the oven, the assigned kid puts the vegetables in the oven as well. 

Above-ground vegetable options

  1. leftovers from dinner the night before         
  2. homemade kale chips or dehydrated vegetable (dehydrated or air fryer)
  3. below-ground vegetables like carrots and beets (they must not be peeled due to oxidation of phenolic compounds that help neutralize trash in the body) are optional for them 
  4. nori or seaweed snacks (dried, not toasted) are fair game too as long as junk like vegetable oil isn’t used

Left: coconut oil (refined) and garlic ghee. If your kids like garlic they’ll like this stuff! Right: plain ghee–I love this stuff. Anytime I overcook and dry out protein, I throw this ghee on and it saves it!

Cornerman’s kids are super picky about eating this stuff. If it’s melted on the food, usually the vegetables, they love it! They’ve tried eating coconut oil by the spoonful before, and it didn’t go over well. Ghee is a different story. Cornerman kid #2 and 4 have been caught eating ghee straight out of the jar like a pint of Van Leeuwen.

Fat options

  1. coconut oil
  2. ghee

In-season fruit

PSA: peaches are still in-season and Whole Foods had some amazing lookin’ organic tree-ripe ones (from California) this past weekend!

Any fruit that’s in-season is fair game for Cornerman’s kids. Before we go to the grocery store or farmers market, we look on fillyourplate.org for what’s in-season if they’re unsure. 

How do we keep Cornerman’s kids’ lunches until lunchtime?

Get it here

How you keep your kids jazzed up about healthy grub:
PALATE CURVEBALLS

PALATE CURVEBALL #1:
change up protein and vegetable at least every two or three days

You know how you get burned out eating vanilla bean Van Leeuwen ice cream when you eat a pint or two six days in a row? Kids are no different and especially with healthy foods–they’ll burnout. The trick is throwin’ palate curveballs now and then so they don’t burnout the healthy foods. One of the best ways to combat burnout is to change up the protein and vegetables at least every two or three days. If the kids are packing leftovers and you’re changing up dinners this won’t be a problem. 

PALATE CURVEBALL #2:
limit easy and quick foods like jerky to school lunches only

Another palate curveball is limiting things like jerky to school lunch food only–even if it’s homemade. Cornerman’s kids love jerky! They can eat pounds of it at a time, but after a couple of days, their appetite for jerky decreases. Gotta keep’em in check with the palate curveballs. 

Why do they have to put “natural flavor” and
“potato starch” in meat?

Cornerman’s kids are limited on how many prepared store-bought foods they pack in their lunch. The only time we pack store-bought foods is if we are in a pinch. If this does happen here are some things we would snag from the store:

Store-bought items, if we’re in a pinch:

  • jerky (limit store-bought ones due to all the other stuff they add to it to preserve it and fake flavor it) 
  • kale chips (depends on ingredients)
  • beet chips
  • nori
     

To all our parents of school-aged kids and to all the kids headed back to school, show’em what’s up!

Have an awesome weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


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