Fun Paleo lunches

The paleo diet is not always well understood, so we’ve gathered some Paleo lunch box ideas to explain this diet in a way that’s...easy to digest. The Paleo diet is, simply put, a return to the diet of our ancestors; it’s centered around whole, unprocessed foods that are nourishing and healthy, free of the many chemical additives and processes that are typical of mass produced foods. Paleo refers to Paleolithic, the period before modern agriculture was introduced (the Neolithic period); most of human history, all except the last ten thousand years, falls under the Paleo scale.

Some easy Paleo lunch box ideas to start with

Paleo lunch box ideas are easy to try, usually inexpensive, and can be made at night for a painless morning routine.

Prosciutto and egg roll ups and fruit salad

Prosciutto and egg roll ups with a small fruit salad make a fine Paleo lunch (with thanks to Nom Nom Paleo for the recipe).

A bonus to this easy to make, tasty lunch is that it can be eaten without silverware. To make the egg wrapper, whisk one or two eggs with salt. Melt cooking fat in a cast iron skillet over high heat; Paleo meals are made without butter, which was a fairly recent addition to human diets. Pour the egg into the bottom of the pan (cooking with cast iron is much easier on the body than cooking with aluminum), turn the heat to low, and flip the egg as soon as it’s set. Cook for half a minute on the opposite side, then slide it out of the skillet onto a plate. Cover the omelet with some prosciutto slices (or other deli meat) and roll them all up. You can stick a toothpick through to secure the roll, or wrap it in a non-bleached paper towel.

For the fruit salad, use organically grown berries—fruits really absorb pesticides—like blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. If the berries are fresh or slightly overripe, you won’t need to add sugar for sweetness. When the fruits are left to marinate together overnight in the refrigerator, their flavors combine in delightful ways. If you must have more non-white sugar sweetness, try whipped coconut cream.

Cabbage coleslaw

Looking for more Paleo lunch box ideas? Try cabbage coleslaw, which will keep in the fridge for at least a week, thanks to the preserving powers of lemon juice. This is a modified version of a recipe from The Paleo Diet, with thanks for their continuing efforts to make Paleo palatable. Combine two or three chopped red carrots (skin still on), half a head of shredded red cabbage, half of a chopped jicama, and half of a chopped red onion in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine a minced shallot, two tablespoons of avocado or sesame oil, one tablespoon of lemon juice (fresh is much better than bottled), and a dash of pepper; together, these make a low fat, highly healthy vinaigrette. Raw red onion can be pungent—soaking the slices in cold water for ten minutes will calm the bite.

A salad like this, with lots of heft, will keep well in a small container, making it an interesting Paleo lunch box idea.