BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCHES
Anyone else feeling a little shocked at how it is already September?! As much as I am ready for my kids to go back to school (and I totally am), I am not exactly buzzing about getting back into the swing of packing lunches. However, I find that being prepped makes all the difference! This week on Wellness Wednesday, I shared a bit about how I make lunches tasty, easy and something my kids devour down. If you haven't watched yet, check out the video above. Here is a quick summary of my tips to help make lunch packing a *bit* better.
PresentationI have posted pics of my kids lunches throughout the year on Instagram- literally when I finish making them in the mornings- and often the response I get is a long the lines of 'oh my goodness, that's so much work You really do that every day?' The truth is, it's really not. If you took all the same things in the lunch box and tossed it in some baggies, I guarantee it will look a whole lot less impressive. My kids lunches usually consist of some sliced veggies, fruit, hummus and trail mix. Not exactly gourmet, but stick it in the Bento box and the colours and presentation make it look amazing. Kids are like adults, if it looks appealing it's more likely that they will eat it. I have Planet Boxes for both my kids. Yes, they run on the pricier side, but after 3 years, I think they are totally worth it. It's one piece, so nothing to lose. The clasp is easy for kids to open and close. It's stainless steel so, besides the whole not leaching plastic xenoestrogen chemicals into the food, it also stands up to all the backpack tossing and looks the same as the day I purchased it (the fabric lunchbox part not so much...). To dress it up, there are magnet sets that run about $6, so when kids get sick of their lunch box design, for $6 you can have a 'brand new' lunch box. They are a bit tricky to find locally for someone like me who despises online shopping (they are available to order on their website and ship from the US). Both Baby B in Paris and Village Kids in Elora carry these boxes in stock but also take special orders and will order in exactly what you want. The soup thermos is by Lunch Bots which I picked up at Tadpole in Uptown Waterloo which I really like as well. Lunch Bots has their own line of stainless steel containers as well and Fenigo in Waterloo carries their entire line as well as a tonne of other lunch box solutions. For their water bottles I picked up LifeFactory glass bottles at Home Sense. Though glass might sound scary, the silicone sleeve really does protect the bottle well- we had LifeFactory glass bottles as our baby bottles and generously my kids tested the stability of their design by tossing them from the high chairs and we have yet to have one break.
- Raw Chopped veggies- carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.
- Roasted root veggies (left overs)
- Kale chips
- Add dips, guacamole or hummus to make it more exciting
- Apple slices with cinnamon or sunbutter dip
- Sliced Banana, Melon
- Avocado Slices
|Turkey Meatballs with Mustard|
- Turkey Meatballs: AIP Meatball Recipe (add marinara sauce for dip or mustard)
- Chicken Salad- mix chopped grilled chicken with avocado or mayo
- Eggs- boiled or egg salad
- Chicken/Veggie/Pasta Salad- this is a staple in our house. Often, I will make a big bowl on the weekend and use throughout the week: red onion, red/yellow/orange bell peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, broccoli, grilled chicken, brown rice noodles and goat's feta (optional) with olive oil and vinegar dressing.
- Against All Grain Breakfast Cookies by Danielle Walker
- Substitutions: Sunbutter for Almond butter, Pumpkin Seeds for Chopped Walnuts
- Blueberry Macaroons on Blendtec Instagram
- Skipped the dipped chocolate
- Soft and Chewy Sugar Free Granola Bars by Oh She Glows
- No substitutions needed by used cherries instead of cranberries because that's what I had on hand
- No Bake Workout Bars by SkinnyMs (Pinterest find)
- Substitutions: Protein Powder used was Vega Protein and Greens, Chocolate chips for chopped semisweet bakers chocolate (what I had), Raisins for Cherries (what I had), Peanut butter for Sunbutter, Skipped the honey completely- but were a bit dry so might add a bit next time.
- Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia, etc)- Bulk Barn or Costco
- Shredded unsweetened coconut- Bulk Barn
- Medjool dates- Bulk Barn
- Raisins- Costco- organic
- Dried Fruit (cherries, blueberries, cranberries)- Costco
- Avocado Mayo- Costco (Chosen Foods)
- Apple Chips- Martin's Farm in St Jacobs
- PC Organics Unsweetened Apple Sauce- Zehr's
- Sunbutter- Zehr's
- Seed Crackers- Costco
- Organic Hummus- Costco
- Canned Coconut Milk- Freshco or Zehr's