Ayurvedic lunch ideas for kids

lunch_for_kidsRaise your hands, who has kids? 1, 2, 3…good! At least 3 of you do so this is good to share and even if you don’t have le kiddos, you can use this for yourself!

Anyone struggle coming up with new and healthy ideas for the kids lunches? *me raising my own hand!* I did! My 5-year old just started kindergarten and so it’s a new game making her lunches every day. Without a plan, I knew I’d be harried and absent-minded when trying to cobble together a good lunch. So I said to myself, “Girl! Get it together and just write it all down.”

So I did! I wrote down a bunch of lunch and snack ideas on a piece of paper and stuck it to the inside of my cupboard. Then I thought, “Hey I would make this pretty and my Ayurvedic peeps might love this too!”

A gift from me to you, please enjoy this list of lunch ideas for kids.
NOTE: They are not pure Ayurvedic…they are kind of “Ayurved-ish.” (see below for why)

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Why are these not Ayurvedic?
#1 lunch should be the biggest meal
#2 eat happy and calmly
#3 meals should be warm
#4 fruit should be eaten alone 
#5 eating for the doshas will vary per kid

Let’s first talk about #1: Lunch is the biggest meal of the day. I mean, if the kid eats, you can pack a big enough meal. Or like most, they will be totally distracted by their friends that they will skip most of it and smoosh the rest back into the lunch pack. And they will come home starving (*shakes fist* anyone see how our eating habits can become backwards at a very early age?).

#2: Eat happy and calmly. She’s happy for sure. But some only get 15 minutes for lunch (*shakes fist again*). No way can a child fit in a “big lunch” in 15 minutes.

#3: Meals should be warm. Little thermoses help this! Most of her lunch is room temp (which is better than from the fridge)

#4: Fruit should be eaten alone. Yes, yes it should. My daughter knows the rule, but will chow fruit however she pleases when I’m not around. We can’t control how they combine their food.

#5: Eating for their doshas will vary. Depending on their dosha, some foods will benefit them more than others. Don’t over think that at this point, just do the best you can. Here’s what goes through my head for my pitta-vata kid, “She needs grounding/carb foods, a little protein, fruit, veggies, healthy fats and water.” You can reference the dosha menus to see what foods in general work best for your kiddo, depending on their dosha.

Whattaya say is this helpful for you? If I confused the dickens out of you please let me know. AND! OR! If you have ideas to add, we’d all love a sharing of more great lunch ideas and recipes so feel free to share in the comments.

XO!

 

8 Responses to Ayurvedic lunch ideas for kids

  1. Rachel says:

    This is very helpful and hard to find elsewhere. My kids dont love cumin and it is in everything ayurvedic, so “Western” recipes to fit these tastes and boundaries are great!

  2. Rachel says:

    This is very helpful and hard to find elsewhere. My kids dont love cumin and it is in everything ayurvedic, so “Western” recipes to fit these tastes and boundaries are great!

  3. Subhiksha says:

    Hoping to try those dishes for myself :P
    thanks for sharing those recipes :)

  4. Owlie says:

    Is there such thing as an ayurved-ish smoothie/protein shake for adults? I work in the medical field and there are days that blended and sippable is the only way we get lunch!

    • Monica says:

      Hmmmm. Great question. You could do some kind of smoothie shake but it would have to be at the right time and not refrigerator-cold. It would include fruits & veg which are great but you’d still be missing the grounding qualities. I don’t know if you’d be sustained for very long with just a fruit/veg shake/smoothie? What about a one-pot meal (pasta w/veg, stew, or rice w/veg) that you take in a thermos? Or maybe soup that you can drink (that sounds a bit weird, hey? Not sure if that would be sustaining either)? Can you find even 15 minutes to eat the meal you bring? I know the medical field doesn’t exactly promote a healthy schedule (such irony!!) so do the best you can. But, think about what you could put in a thermos and eat fairly quickly. Maybe rice cooker meals and then take with you in a thermos would work.

    • Monica says:

      OO! Update! Someone just told me there are individual crock pots!! That might be perfect for you! xo

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