Now that the school year is off to a start perhaps you are looking for new lunch ideas for your child. Do you have a picky eater? Trying to branch out from sandwiches and mix up their lunch box repertoire? After working in Early Education for many years I have come up with many healthy and nut free options, since most schools are now nut free. Here are just a few (please remember that based on the age of your child you will need to cut/slice food to appropriate size):
Rice Cakes and Sun Butter
Deli Meat Rollup
Pasta (Tortellini, mac and cheese, spaghetti, etc.)
mini waffles or pancakes
Pita with hummus
Sweet and Sour Kielbasa
3 bean salad
Yogurt covered pretzels
Why not pack your own lunch at the same time! You’ll definitely feel like you are eating healthier and saving more money than ordering lunch every day. Leftovers from dinner the night before are also great lunch ideas!
What was in your lunch box today?
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When looking for a quick grab and go breakfast or a protein packed snack a smoothie is something we often forget, but is super simple and takes little to no time!
My number one favorite smoothie is the green monster, you can see my exact recipe here. It contains frozen peaches, frozen pinapple, a banana, spinach and orange juice.
At this point I have made it so many times I don’t use measurements, but just eyeball it. It’s a great way to get some leafy greens in, without even tasting it. It may look green, but it tastes just like banana and pineapple. This would be a great way to get your kids to eat some spinach!
My second favorite smoothie is the one we made during our Whole30 here. This one contains banana, almond butter and coconut milk. That’s it!
Again, I don’t really use measurements, just more of an eyeball. If I don’t like the consistency I just add a little extra coconut milk to loosen it up, or more banana to thicken it. Since typically the 3 ingredients are room temperature, you can add a little ice if you would like to make it nice and frosty. Packed with protein and good nutrients, but not a good idea around children with nut allergies!
My last go to smoothie is a triple berry smoothie. I like to use raspberry, blueberry and strawberry. Pop them in a blender with a banana, a handful of hidden spinach, a scoop of vanilla yogurt and a splash of almond milk. So delicious and beautifully colored!
If you’re looking for an extra protein punch you can also always add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I love that there are so many ways to get in fruits and veggies, and it’s nice to mix up the liquid. A little OJ when you need extra vitamin C, or perhaps Coconut Milk or Almond milk of you are looking for a lower fat dairy free option. The options are limitless!
Another tip is to stock up on fruit when it is on sale and freeze, then it’s ready to go! We make baggies ahead of time of the fruits we need, then when we are ready to make a smoothie we empty a packet into the blender, add some leafy greens, our liquid of choice and you are ready to blend.
These days we use our nutribullet. which was a wedding gift. I think it’s great for making single servings when you are literally on the go. If you use a single serving cup, you can just take off the blade and attach a lid and you take the whole thing with you. They also have larger attachments if we are planning to share. We also find that it is way easier to clean than trying to stick your hand inside a large blender without getting cut on the blade. We highly recommend it!