What Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) Pack for School Lunches

Photo credit: Dr. Rian Herscher (and her son, Ryker) from  Origin Holistic Natural Medicine + Aesthetics

Photo credit: Dr. Rian Herscher (and her son, Ryker) from Origin Holistic Natural Medicine + Aesthetics

by Kristen McElveen, ND

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) treat the whole person and focus on prevention as medicine, so of course nutrition tends to be a BIG priority in ND households.

But what do they REALLY pack for their kids' school lunches?

NDs, they're just like us - busy and sometimes frazzled...and yes, we believe in moderation...but most of us really try to take time to meal plan and prep so that we (and our little ones) are using the best form of medicine every day, which is good food.

Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration! It's not as hard as it seems when the entire family is on board!

If you don't follow me on Instagram, you should. I post what I'm eating a LOT (if I can make it pretty), though when I get busy, I do tend to use the same rotation with small variations (I can't get enough chicken salad lately).

Most ND parents I know eat the same things their kids eat and aren't big on making separate meals for their little ones. 

Admittedly, I'm not a parent, but I am a super hands-on auntie and have spent a lot of time eating with kids and talking to kids and their parents in my private practice and I'm a big believer in families eating the same healthy meals.

You'd be surprised at how many kids actually love healthy food when they're given the option in a non-biased way (and on the other hand, how many kids refuse after watching a parent scoff at a sprig of broccoli or eat junk instead). 

Kids are our mirrors and if you aren't mirroring exactly how you want them to eat, you can't expect them to do so.

That goes for not eating, too. 

Would you want to eat if someone was pointing at your plate, demanding you eat it when they won't eat it either or make a face when they try?

Didn't think so.

I would see it all the time when I talked to parents and they would say, "oh, she won't eat vegetables," talking about their child and then when I asked what vegetable the parent(s) ate, the PARENT(S) would make a face. 

What kid wants to eat something that their parent sticks their tongue out at?

The good news is, kids also love to mimic their parents. You are often their biggest hero. 

So, when you do show your love for healthy food choices and include them in the prep and cooking processes, it can be quite a bonding experience!

So what are some ideas for some healthy, kid-friendly lunches?

Check out what these docs are serving:


Dr. Danielle Currey from Milwaukie, OR at Bridges Family Wellness

follow her on Instagram and check out her article on packing lunches here!


Dr. Rachel Schwartzman from Toronto at Rachel Schwartzman, ND

follow her on Instagram and check out her inspiring blog and plant-based recipes


Dr. Du La from Toronto at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

follow her on Instagram for amazing food ideas for the whole family


Dr. Laurie Menk Otto from Portland, OR at Heart Spring Health

she's not on Instagram...yet!



I want to eat ALL of those right now...

Want some more resources? 

Check out my favorite Paleo lunch resource from Nom Nom Paleo

Also, check out non-toxic lunch boxes and food storage at Lunchbots, Planetbox, Lifefactory and Hydro Flask.

Now, who's ready for lunch?

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What are your go-to healthy school lunches? Tell us in the comments below!