Low-Carb Lunches For Kids – Whoah … high carb vs low-carb lunches!

If you’ve been following my kids series, you’ll already have learned how to plan, pack, and track low-carb lunches for kids. Now it’s time to compare high carb versus low-carb lunches.

In this post you’ll find:

  • How to raise kids on real food
  • A quick comparison between high carb vs low-carb lunches
  • Simple low-carb lunch ideas
  • Action plan for low-carb lunches for kids
  • FREE Handbook And Guide for parents PLUS 50 snack ideas.
comparing 2 lunch boxes one with high carbs and low-carb lunches
Individual carb counts for the high-carb and low-carb lunches are below.

How To Raise Children On Real Food and Low-Carb Lunches

The importance of whole food nutrition in children’s health and development cannot be stressed enough. All children will benefit from lowering their sugar and carbohydrate intake, especially from processed and junk foods.

For low-carb kids, the emphasis should be on feeding them tasty nutrient-dense meals. Children shouldn’t be relying on sugars, grains and high carb snacks.

Low carb is all about going back to basics – meat, vegetables, low sugar fruit, seeds, nuts and healthy fats. Real food is simple food.

Many critics think we advocate no-carb, but we are low carb. This is just one of the Top 10 myths about low-carb kids.

The biggest sources of carbs for children and adults should be vegetables, nuts, dairy, and berries. These are foods that are rich with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.

Children need to receive all the nutrients required for their growing bodies but can easily do without the sugars and carbs of the modern diet.

By removing processed junk food from their diet, children become low carb almost by default.

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Example of a High-Carb vs Low-Carb Lunch Box

I designed these graphics as a simple visual teaching aid.

Many are surprised to see just how much sugar and carbs are packed into a regular school lunch box.

What is a healthy halo?

noun – the perception that a particular food is good for you even when there is little or no evidence to confirm this is true. (1)

Many of these items will be labelled with 5-star ratings, wholegrain, low-fat and organic, so to give a false impression that these items are ‘healthy’ and are good to eat.

So, unfortunately, well-meaning parents who want to make healthy lunches, are actually inadvertently setting their children up for a sugar and carb roller coaster, with the inevitable crash that follows.

Standard kids' lunchbox with carbs labeled. Comparison of high carb vs low-carb lunches

Neither of these lunch boxes is an extreme example.

I’m not suggesting the high-carb lunchbox is something you might serve to your child all at once (yet this is a standard lunch box). Many lunch boxes often contain chocolate, cake, fruit squeeze tubes, Nutella, and peanut butter/jam sandwiches.

Often in addition to the lunch box, there are birthday cakes and chocolate/candy bars brought in by a classmate’s birthday to share.

The low-carb lunch box example below could have been made even lower if a child needed to have their carbs restricted further for various health concerns.

You will notice the majority of the carb in the low-carb lunch box comes from dairy, berries and vegetables.

This reaffirms low-carb kids are not no-carb, but their carbs are coming from nutrient-dense sources.

Low carb lunch box for kids with carb count showing how many carbs are in low-carb lunches

Simple Low-Carb Lunches

The low-carb lunchbox is an example of what can be made quite simply for a nutritious low-carb lunch box. It doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact, it’s quite easy.

In the original, standard lunch box, you can see where the biggest source of carbs and sugar was coming from – the juice and the processed food.

Simply by being aware of these and reading labels will set you on a path to a more nutritious lunch box, and help your child stop the sugar roller coaster.

Use slices of cold meat or lettuce instead of wraps and fill with cheese, salad and dips. Cut vegetables into different shapes and sizes, serve with a variety of dips, have some low-carb baking at hand, fill your freezer, leftovers are KING!

What Low-Carb Lunches Do I Pack?

I pack super easy low-carb lunches, predominantly from leftovers.

I always think of the quality protein component first, then the vegetables, fruit and snacks will follow.

I also like to do some low-carb baking when time permits, and have some stored in the freezer.

If I were to offer one suggestion, it would be to make chaffles.

They are an absolute lifesaver and sanity-saver in the morning rush. You can make sweet ones and savoury ones. In fact, I have a FREE cookbook with 23 different flavours.

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Low-Carb Lunch Box Easy Recipes

Here are a few great low-carb real food lunch box fillers. It’s worth saying again: leftovers are KING!

Try to make double or triple dinners and you’ll be prepared for the next few days. Load up your freezer.

Cook once, serve twice (or even three times).

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