Lissa Kristine

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  1. Lissa Kristine

    Intimidated by veggies... some help finding variety

    One of the things I like to do to keep from getting bored with produce is get the occasional Misfit Market Box. It's one of those subscription services that sends you organic produce that would otherwise be discarded due to size, minor blemishes, or surplus at a discount. It would defeat the purpose of the box to waste food that's in it, so I end up having to find creative ways to use produce I either wouldn't normally select or even things I don't care for too much (soups/stews are really good for items that are a little more damaged, starting to turn, or ones I just don't like and need to hide; for fruit cooking it can help if there are a lot of bruises, etc). Misfit Market is only available in NJ, NY, PA, CT, and DE, but there are other companies like it including Imperfect Produce. (I do have a referral code for MM that will give anyone a discount on their first box).
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    Drinks @ Panera Bread

    The iced teas at Starbucks are compliant if you get them without sweetener. Even the tea infusions are ok. The HOT teas are a different story; many of them have candied fruit pieces in them.
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    Can I have - Whole Foods Lemon roasted carrots

    Is this an item from their self-serve food bar? My friend may be joining me in doing the Whole30 and there's a Whole Foods near her office so I'm brainstorming ideas for getting lunch together while staying on track and this may have to be on our list.
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    Chipotle has Whole30 bowls

    Now if only we can get them to swap out the oil for the barbacoa. That's my favorite!
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    I would love to hear more about why you're willing to abandon your vegan lifestyle in favor of eating meat on the Whole30. I would advise that you consider reintroducing animal proteins FIRST before starting on the Whole30. Start by adding small amounts of eggs or fish to your diet, then add in poultry (starting with lean meats like skinless chicken breast and gradually working your way to fattier meats). That way, your digetstive system has time to adjust. Going from ordering a burrito bowl with rice, beans, and guacamole to one with chicken and guacamole [I know the chicken at Chipotle isn't compliant; this is just an illustration since going from veganism to eating pork is likely to be a slower transition] is likely to be more difficult on the digestive system than going from eating a burrito bowl with rice, beans, chicken, and guacamole to one without the rice and beans. There are a few resources out there on transitioning out of veganism. I would definitely look into those, but the general concensus seems to be that you should add in the meat and THEN cut out the other stuff rather than just replacing all of your beans and grains with meat. Oh, if you're interested, Primal Kitchen DOES have a Whole30 approved vegan ranch dressing. There are also recipes out there for compliant mayonaises without eggs. Before anyone attacks me for sugestion vegan subsititutes, I just want to point out that it may help make the transition easier and there is also a chance that your body will not be able to tolerate eggs. (This also gives people with egg allergies an alternative to some Whole30 staples).
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    Round 2, but on college meal plan...

    Shelf stable Whole30 options (assuming you eat them in their entirety as most leftovers should be refrigerated after opening): -Canned/pouched tuna, salmon,or sardines (check labels) -Individual packs or small cans of olives -Fresh fruit/vegetables including avocado (different items can stay out longer than others) -Approved meat bars/jerky. -Nuts/Individual packets of nut butters -Coconut oil/ghee (They sell some in individual packets OR you can get a full jar and a small container if you need to take some on the go. Then, you can add some healthy fats to the low fat dining hall meals) Of course, if finances and your school allows, getting a few kitchen tools would make a HUGE difference. A refrigerator/freezer and an Instant Pot would be two of my top choices. A microwave would probably be third on my list, but you can adjust to eating cold leftovers or you can use the Instant Pot to reheat food. It's a little slower/clunkier, but it WILL work if it's all you have. I'm just thinking about ways people stay compliant if traveling or staying in Hotel rooms without full kitchens. Some people travel with their Instant Pots and order a refrigerator to be sent to their rooms to store food. Unfortunately, the combination of having less food storage does have a few drawbacks: 1. Since a small refrigerator cannot hold a lot of food and freezer space is probably going to be non-existant, you'll likely have to eat the same foods every day. If you make enough stew to serve 6 people, you probably won't have room to store other recipes (nor will you be able to freeze any to keep some longer). 2. Lack of food storage means you'll likely have to make frequent trips to the grocery store for some items. Unfortunately, none of this addresses your current situation aside from giving you some suggetions for rounding out the options in the school dining hall. Perhaps, right now isn't the right time to embark on a Whole30, but that doesn't mean you need to live off of sugar. Try keeping compliant foods as snacks in your dorm for those late-night study sessions. Try to incorporate the items from the dining hall that ARE compliant in your diet, but don't feel like you need to eat them strictly. If you can tolerate gluten and dairy, then maybe there are days when you get a slice of pizza for dinner and serve it with a salad.
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    Maybe I'll Get Through This Time

    I've been here before, but I've never successfully completed a Whole30. I don't want to make excuses for myself, but there were a lot of issues I needed to work out to mentally prepare myself for this journey. So, a little background: I am 27, unemployed, with multiple mental health disorders including 3 anxiety-related disorders. I am currently on my own version of "Weight Watchers" where I allow myself more freedom to enjoy healthy fats (like olives and avocados). I've only recently rejoined WW and, while I do enjoy their online community and the meetings, I am on a personal journey to experience more freedom surrounding food. I want to be able to enjoy "junk food" without it consuming me, and I would love to find a balance where I can acheive and maintain a healthy weight without needing to measure/track everything I eat. I have made a lot of progress in that area, but I'm still not there. I am wondering if a Whole30 will help me on this journey. (I also loosely practice an intermittent fasting lifestyle- primarily a 10 hour window with 14 hours of fasting). I do not have any food allergies or food restrictions save for a severe sensitivity to 0 calorie sweeteners (to the point where I don't even use a sweetened toothpaste). Fortunately, this will NOT be an issue on Whole30. However, I actually started looking into this program again for my mother. She will be turning 55 this month and works third shift (overnights) at a convienience store. She has been suffering from a lot of stomach issues that she feels may be related to the food she's eating, but she has not been able to properly identify which foods are causing the issue. She does suspect soy, gluten, and dairy may be culprits. I suggested that she look into doing a Whole30 and then use the reintroduction process to help identify problematic foods. In addition to seeing if those foods are problematic, she also suspects she may have an issue with eggs. Her possible plan is to include as an extra step in the reintroduction phase so she can see if the eggs really are problematic. So, we both have different motivations for wanting to do the program. We are looking at starting in early February. I, personally, am probably going to go an extra 5 days to make it a Whole35. I prefer to set goals/challenges on a weekly basis; even throughout my journey, I may set goals like: Find a new vegetable to cook this week Find a new recipe that uses chicken this week Switch the fat used to cook this recipe from coconut oil to lard and see how you like it They're just fun ways to keep me motivated. I really don't like 30 day plans becuase I like to think on a Sunday-Saturday basis rather than a monthly one. I know the timeline specifically addresses that 28 days is not as good as 30, so I don't want to do this for 4 weeks and only hit 28 days. Instead, I figured I'll do 5 weeks for a Whole35. I will say that one of my biggest gripes that I'm going to be facing is the whole "no pancake" rules. Look, I get the logic behind the rule, but I don't care what it looks like. Mashed egg and banana with or without Nutzo Nut butter (or single ingredient almond butter) does not properly replicate a stack of Kodiak Cake pancakes with pure maple syrup. For me, it's more of another option to use eggs and overripe bananas. I guess I'll live without them (they're really only an occasional meal anyway), but I still consider them more of an "omelette" and less of a "pancake." (especially since I often prepare them like an omelette with fruit inside).
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    Maybe I'll Get Through This Time

    Honestly, I'm just going to have to get over it. I mean, I usually do eat breakfast at some point, but I'm also known to sit in bed for an hour or two. It's one of the hazards of unemployment. It's really more laziness than anything else. I know that there will be days that I'm going to eat a little later than what's "ideal." Sundays, for example, I usually get up around 7, but don't eat until closer to 9- after showering, getting dressed, and going to my WW meeting (I'm still attending the meetings and I like my routine of weighing in and then eating breakfast; I'm either going to skip the weigh in part or just weigh in and tell them that I don't want to know my results).
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    Cottage Cheese Substitute in Egg Bites

    So, before I was planning on starting up with this Whole30 thing, I bought a silicone egg bite mold to make copycat egg bites (similar to the Sous Vide ones at Starbucks). I'm just struggling with how to recreate a Whole30 compliant version. The eggs and veggies are all good, and I can live without the flavor of the cheese. The issue is the cottage cheese. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of cottage cheese to be blended with the eggs resulting in a smooth, creamy egg. (Unlike the drier, spongey result that can happen with egg bites). I'm just not sure what what would work to help recreate that creamy texture. Any suggestions? Coconut cream? Maybe NutPods?
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    Maybe I'll Get Through This Time

    I eat out more than I should- mostly fast food type places. My mom works overnights, so at 2:30pm, we're often at a fast food restaurant picking up something (after picking my sister up from work). I'm definitely going to work on NOT eating out, but I'm also saving my 2 free Chipotle meals for those days when I just need a break from cooking or plans change. Maybe I have a last-minute afternoon babysitting job and the PLAN is to go home afterwards and eat dinner, but then I get invited over for pizza and game night at another friend's house. That might be when I'll pick up a salad at Chipotle. One of my biggest challenges is going to be eating first thing in the morning. I don't snack much, but I've gotten into the habit of skipping breakfast or eating my meals really late. Breakfast at 10 or 11, lunch at 3 or 4, etc. It's not that I'm not hungry in the morning; I just don't feel like getting out of bed to get food haha. The other challenge will be resisting the temptation to look at my weight at my Weight Watchers meetings. I rejoined before I decided I wanted to do this, and I can't cancel m membership without paying a penalty fee (plus I like the online community and meetings). I still plan on weighing in every week, but I'm going to tell them that I'm taking a 5 week break from the scale so I don't want to know anything. Hopefully they won't slip up and give me any reward charms (for 5 pounds lost, etc). (Of course, I'm speaking under the assumption that they won't let me get away with skipping the weigh in for a few weeks).
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    So, I'm getting ready to start a Whole30 in a few weeks, but there's one thing that I haven't been able to figure out: What do I take if I get sick? Normally, I try to combat things like mild coughs/colds (it is flu season after all) with quick disolve elderberry tablets, Maty's or Zarabees cough syrups,and Zarabees losenges (usually only in places like church where I don't want my coughing to disturb anyone. These are all drug-free , but sweetened with honey or sugar. I do try to drink extra Kombucha (GT's brand which is compliant) and I have no issues with eating soup made of bone broth, meat, veggies, and plenty of garlic and tumeric, but what do I do if that's not enough and I need to take medicine. It was hard enough to find cough/cold medicine that doesn't contain artificial sweeteners or alcohol. My normal approach to getting a cold (which tends to happen monthly around my time of the month) is: 1. Kombucha 2. Soup (when it's cold... I can't do soup in the summertime) 3. "Natural" medicines- mainly when I need to function. I'll take a single cough drop during church so I don't disturb others, but that's it. 4. Popsicles (frozen juice) to soothe a sore throat. What do I do when I can't have numbers 3 (not made of compliant ingredients) and 4 (SWYPO?) And what about painkillers? I haven't been able to find a single pill (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc) that does not contain artificial sweeteners.
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    Maybe I'll Get Through This Time

    My record was 5.5 days. At the time, I was working at a daycare center. On day 6, we had an open house event where I was put in charge of making cotton candy. So, I'm somewhere in between the "Kill all the Things" and the "I just want a nap stage" of the program as I am in a room with little bits of sugar floating around my head. This was back in 2012 and I still haven't been able to get through. My most recent attempt lasted a day before I realized that I just wasn't ready. Fortunately, finding compliant groceries is a LOT easier now. In 2012, I had to order my mayonaise online. Now, Primal Kitchen mayo is sold at my local grocery store (and we're talking a NORMAL grocery store- not a specialty store). (I've never tried making my own mayo. To be honest, I've never been a fan of the stuff, but I'll use it to make deviled eggs. Primal Kitchen mayo is the only stuff that doesn't make me gag when I open the jar). My mom and I have decided on January 27 as our start date which means we'll be doing it from January 27 to March 2 [at least I will since I want to start on a Sunday and end on a Saturday]. I'm not sure what kind of reintroduction I want to do, but I feel like slow-roll will probably be more of my style since I want to learn to eat more intuitively and forcing myself to eat food based on a reintroduction schedule seems to contradict that. My mom, on the other hand, may do better to follow the classic reintroduction schedule since she's looking to identify which foods are causing her issues. One of the things I've been doing is looking at different restaurants and seeing what my options will be. I've come up with a plan for Smashburger (my mom has a Smash pass so she can get a free burger or salad every day) and Chipotle. I even have a plan for Starbucks. (Which is to go to a place like Smashburger or Chipotle or even the local grocery store to pick up food and then just get an iced tea at Starbucks haha.) I like to come up with a list of "What if's?" What if we go out for Sushi? (I'm currently searching for compliant wasabi; I've already emailed the sushi place to ask about riceless rolls). What if I have a last-minute babysitting job and don't have a chance to cook dinner to bring with me before going? [Quick grocery sore trip to grab frozen veggies, chicken apple sausages, and some olives or an avocado dependng on what looks good. I can throw together a quick, compliant meal using those ingredients plus a few pantry staples from the house I'm babysitting at. While not ideal, I can even just heat everything in the microwave if using a stove/oven isn't an option]. What if the parents tell me to take the kids out for dinner? (I'm working at coming up for a plan for IHOP and Applebee's so I know what to order before going).
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    Sweet potato cranberry cakes

    The bulk bins at Whole Foods may have juice-sweetened cranberries.
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    I know fruit juice is allowed. But apparently popsicles when used to soothe a sore throat are not allowed. How about the fact that I tend to get a cold/sore throat once a month? Around that time of the month, I'll prepare. There are times when it HURTS to swallow. That's when I like having something like a frozen fruit juice popsicle, but fine. Hot liquids like tea or soup are not soothing, so I'll continue to leave them out. There's a difference between slowly eating a popsicle and trying to swallow a mouthful of water. No medicines allowed. I can't take most cough/cold medicines so I usually go for natural remedies. Those all have honey, so I can't have those. So, if I get sick, I can't take anything for it. Good to know.
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    RX Bars

    Chocolate (pure cacao) does not contain sugar. And what's wrong with the Maple bars? They don't contain any added sweetener. The maple flavor comes from maple water.
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    Interesting... I would've thought that gummy vitamins would be considered SWYPO. After all, I was told that I can't take 100% apple juice and freeze it into popsicles to soothe a sore throat because that's SWYPO even though there are no actual medications in existence that contain 100% compliant ingredients. Why is a gummy ok when used as a vitamin and not candy, but frozen juice isn't allowed when used as medication and not as a dessert?
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    SmartyPants Adult Gummies with Fiber (ONLY this variety) seem to be compliant based on ingredients, but I can't help thinking that gummy vitamins may be SWYPO.
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    Oloves packages olives

    Gaea has prepackaged olives that use olive oil instead of sunflower. I've only had the Lemon and Oregano flavor, but it's one of my favorites. The Trader Joe's Just a Handful single-serve olive packs are also compliant.
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    Best tips & tricks for starting W30 with kids?

    Pack a lunch. School lunches are terrible anyway.
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    peanut butter and jelly is all they want

    Another idea may be to come up with a compliant "muffin" recipe (one that uses all compliant ingredients). If you have young children in daycare, send a container with 1-2 muffins for each child to be stored in the FREEZER at their daycare. They can be pulled out and thawed at room temperature or in the microwave as an alternative snack if there's a class Birthday party. Sure, a paleo banana muffin isn't quite the same as a chocolate cupcake with neon blue frosting, but perhaps the idea that Sammy has a special treat for the party will make things a little easier. With some kids, gradual change may be needed. Cutting out peanut butter and jelly at once may not work without a good replacement, but swapping out the peanut butter for almond or sunflower seed butter may help them get used to the taste. What about making "jelly" by mixing mashed berries with chia seeds or doing nut butter and banana sandwiches. Maybe you'll go from peanut butter and jelly on bread to almond butter and jelly on bread to almond butter and fresh berries on bread to fresh strawberries that are cored and filled with almond butter. (For some kids,the transition may even need to be slower. Perhaps mixing peanut butter with almond butter and gradually decreasing the amount of peanut butter used may also be needed). Some kid-friendly snacks that are Whole30 Compliant [These are specifically the kinds of snacks or alternatives to ones you may see children in preschool eat; I know a 3 year old who thinks creamed kale is a great snack to bring to a party though, so I don't think anything is off limits. Some may be considered SWYPO, and of course you should check lablels] Fruit and veggie puree pouches (baby food pouches or GoGo Squeez Applesauce Pouches.) Applesauce cups Happy Farms Coconut Creamies (alternative to Gerber yogurt melts) Fresh fruit Veggies with compliant dips Bare Fruit and Veggie Chips (excluding Carrot Ranch or any of the coconut chips; even the barbecue sweet potato ones are allowed) Freeze dried/dried fruit (including raisins) Trader Joe's Plantain chips Epic Pork Rinds (not the Maple Bacon cracklin's. The rinds are ok) Fruit with whipped coconut cream Chocolate avocado pudding (add banana and/or dates to sweeten). Chia pudding (with compliant milk and fruit to sweeten) Bars: Larabar (check labels), Rx Bars (including ones with chocolate chips, but not peanuts), Pressed by Kind Bars, or That's It! Fruit Bars Snack packs of olives and/or pickles Precooked chicken strips dipped into compliant dipping sauces/dressings [including guacamole] Compliant deli meats wrapped around fresh veggies or cut into fun shapes Fruit juice or smoothies made with compliant ingredients that are frozen into "popsicles." I tried to include some shelf-stable and some perishable snack ideas including several that are either IDENTICAL to the same snacks everyone else seem to eat or are decent subsitutes for them. Of course, many of them (as I said before) aren't great for adults, but maybe having a few green "Hulk" smoothie pops made of coconut milk, strawberries, banana, and spinach in the freezer will come in handy when Alex and Chris are the only two kids in the neighborhood who aren't getting ice cream from the ice cream truck.
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    Whole30 with toddlers.

    I know some people are more flexible with certain rules when it comes to toddlers and children. For example, while banana egg "pancakes" are not allowed on Whole30, they may make some for their young children; the focus is more on ingredients and less on the psychological effect of the foods. This may even translate into making a few Paleo banana muffins to be kept in the freezer at your child's daycare so he has a snack available if another child brings in cupcakes for a Birthday party. (This is something that parents of children with allergies will do: have a "safe" snack available for class parties so the child doesn't feel left out). For daycares or other situations out of the house, PACK all meals and snacks. Explain to the childcare provider (in a daycare center,this may be classroom teachers AND the center director) that "Johnny is only to eat food from home." You may feel comfortable enough giving the daycare provider some more freedom "He's allowed to have FRESH fruit like bananas or oranges" [many daycare workers are unaware of whether or not there is sugar in any canned fruit or applesauce.] Tell the caregivers that Johnny is on an elimination diet to see if it helps improve his "tummy troubles". Depending on trust If your child is really struggling with the changes, again, some "SWYPO" foods may be ok to help with transitons. Instead of Gerber yogurt melts, for example, Happy Family has coconut creamies which are basically the same thing. Also, things like the GoGo Squeez pouches are compliant, but they're also normal "kid" foods. Thats It Fruit bars, Larabars, RxBars, and Pressed by Kind bars may also be options [depending on nut allergies or whether or not nuts are allowed in certain areas]. They may not be encouraged for us because they can be candy bar replacements, but keeping a fruit bar in your purse so Johnny has a snack during a MOPS group isn't the end of the world. Just a word of advice: I've worked in several daycare centers. Many staff members are unaware of certain aspects of dealing with food allergic children. They may pull turkey off of the bun and give it to a child with Celiac's or ignore the "May contain..." section on a food label. In the case of vegetarians, they would serve children yogurt that contained gelatin. A lot of it was pure ignorance, but if your child(ren) are in a daycare center, I would advise setting a strict rule that only food from home is allowed. Even if you give a list of safe foods, there's likely to be little attention spent to added sugars or hidden ingredients (like wheat breadcrumbs in meatballs), or some "bending" of the rules. (Corn and peas are "vegetables" after all). (My experience working in daycare is the reason I hope to never have to utilize one when I have children).
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    Baby Led Weaning

    Food before 1 is just for fun. The idea of giving an infant Gatorade seems apalling. Water is perfectly fine. At this point, most of the hydration is coming from food and breastmilk. The water is really serving a dual purpose: getting him used to the taste and teaching him how to use a sippy cup. Poop issues during transitions to solids or when introducing new foods is NORMAL even for people who start off with rice cereal and purees. A little hydration, some coconut oil and/or prunes (pureed or in juice form is fine; pear juice is also a good option for constipation. I get the appeal of not wanting to use too many juices or purees, but I also know the stress of dealing with a fussy baby and if a pouch of Plum Organics prunes will provide some relief, then go for it), and some belly massages should help relieve pressure if baby is incredibly uncomfortable, but so will allowing the body time to adjust. As far as snacks go, I totally get not wanting to do only carb snacks for babies and toddlers. I think one thing to consider is that babies are messy. You can give a toddler a single chocolate chip, place it directly in his mouth, and he'll still end up covered in chocolate. It's a special talent. Yes, things like hardboiled eggs or avocado chunks may be messy, but what if you keep them as a home snack. Again, I'm going to suggest the use of pouches on occasion. Happy Family has a line of pouches that contain things like chia seeds in addition to fruits/veggies. They also have yogurt in cups and pouches that contain zero added sweeteners (unlike brands like Stonyfield). They may not be ideal, but the shelf-stable pouches (not the yogurt) can be a great option to keep in a diaper bag as a quick snack when on the go. (You can also get reusable pouches and make your own concoctions). Happy Family has a pouch that contains apple, kale, and avocado. (And if you're looking for another idea for a munchy snack, look at the Happy Family coconut creamies. They're like the Gerber yogurt melts, but as far as I can see, they're technically Whole30 compliant based on ingredients- though I imagine eating them is still discouraged if following a strict Whole30. I've eaten them before [volunteering in a church nursery where they were served] and I think they're pretty good).
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    Compliant Packaged Hash Browns?

    They also have one that has yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. That one looks really good.
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    Daycare Lunches

    I know this is an old thread, but I'm a former daycare worker, so I've had to deal with nut free classrooms. Sunbutter Brand has a no-sugar added Sunflower seed butter that is allowed. Compliant deli meat made into little roll-ups with veggies inside or cut into fun shapes. Hotdogs/sausage or leftovers from dinner would also work. Just make sure everything is cut. Even if your child eats things like whole grapes or hot dogs at home, a lot of schools won't allow children to eat them, so it's better just to have everything pre-cut ready to eat. (I worked at a school that wouldn't allow older preschoolers to have baby carrots unless they were cooked) Ask if mayonaise is allowed. It does contain eggs, but if it's allowed, you can make chicken or tuna salad. (If it isn't, use avocado instead).
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    I hate mayonnaise

    I'm not a mayo fan either- but for some reason when eating out (not on W30, obviously), I love dipping my fries in different fancy aiolis. Don't ask. I don't understand it myself. I do have a jar of Primal Kitchen mayo, and I don't find myself gagging whenever I open it. I primarily bought it to make deviled eggs, but I've even branched out and made chicken salad. Perhaps there is still hope for me.