Video episode – What can you pack for a healthy kid’s lunch?

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 5 September 2017

Have you been missing your Doctor as Teacher Tuesday episodes? Well no need to is just around the corner so I'm baaaaack!

One concern that comes up for parents at this time of year is what to pack in their kid's lunch. You want it to be healthy but convenience tends to be the factor that wins out more often than it should.

Check out this video from my friend Carolyn from the Eat Real Food Academy and her son Trevor to get some ideas for a healthy lunch for your kids this coming school year. After the video you can check out some of the changes that I would make to keep it dairy-free and to avoid the processed meat.

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Here are some of the changes I would suggest:

  1. Switch out the cheese for hummus, guacamole, or baba ganoush.
  2. Avoid the processed meats by using leftover meat from dinner cut into bite-size pieces, or homemade meatballs (you can use ground chicken, ground turkey, or lean ground beef). Meatballs are something you can make several of at once so they can even last a couple weeks.
  3. Use coconut yogurt if your child is dairy sensitive.
  4. Have 2 veggies instead of 2 fruits.

You can buy the beet and sweet potato crackers at Costco and look for the recipe for the protein popper in an upcoming episode of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday. I have to say, they are not just for kids...husband's love them too 🙂

Now I would love to hear from you! What is one go-to that you have for a healthy school lunch? Leave a comment below and I'll be back next week with another episode of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday.

6 Replies to “Video episode – What can you pack for a healthy kid’s lunch?”

That is a great lunch idea, although I do prefer your substitutions. Can you tell me how you prepare your homemade meatballs? I need something that is gluten-free, but still tastes amazing. Thank you!


I felt inspired and grateful for the school snack suggestions.
Not for my kids,.. for me!
I’m 79 with many food sensitivities and struggling to eat sensibly
Thank you.

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Hi Patricia!
Any paleo meatball recipe would work because any of them would be gluten-free. I made mine with ground turkey.

Linda Grey

Whats a protein popper?

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Hi Linda!
You will get a recipe for Protein Poppers this week on Doctor as Teacher Tuesday so stay tuned.

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Glad I can help Patricia!

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