Back in the Groove

Well, I blinked and the summer is over!  We had a fantastic summer filled with lots of swimming/competing, family visits, summer camps, trips and sleep away camps.  We are going into this school year with a 5th grader, 3rd grader, Kindergartner and Preschooler. That’s A LOT of snacks and lunches!  Here is my first post to get things started – a day’s worth of food for my preschooler:

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Snacks (in handmade sandwich bags at the top):  one has sliced carrots with mini pre-packaged Sunbutter, other has a fig bar and mini container of peanuts

Lunch:  Vanilla Almond Milk, half a Tofurkey/Veganaise sandwich on wheat bread, popcorn, sliced cucumbers and a Clementine

This entire lunch/snack combo was packed the night before.  Think about your child’s day and what his/her needs are, as well as what you have to work with.  For example, the containers you might use for a preschooler would be different from the containers you would use for an upper grade schooler.  Size of the lunchbox is a factor.  Do they need an ice pack?  Snacks probably will be in a backpack or perhaps not refrigerated.  Carrots are a great veggie to pack for snacks because they can last in the backpack until morning snack. Pair them with a nut butter, and you have great brain food to power your child through until lunch.  Most preschools provide snack, but I still choose to send my own for numerous reasons.  My daughter will only attend 3 days a week, but I still want her to eat what I would give her at home.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Raspberry Muffins

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Another delicious recipe from the cookbook, Whole Food Energy by Elise Museles.  A hit with 3 of my kids; the one who didn’t like it was not a fan of the strong coconut flavor.  These recipes can easily be modified to remove that strong coconut flavor, though.  These were moist and had a wonderful flavor from the lemons.  If you have never tasted gluten-free baked goods, please know that they have a very different texture from gluten muffins. I happen to be a fan, but it may take some getting used to if it is new for you!  These muffins are a great option for my oldest, who eats a mostly vegan diet.  Since he won’t eat eggs alone, he can still benefit from the protein from all the eggs baked into these muffins.  I did not add poppy seeds to mine because  didn’t have any.  They were still delicious, so I can only imagine how they would taste even better with the addition of the poppy seeds!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Raspberries

Ingredients (Makes 12 muffins):

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (***I used 2 lemons)
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest (***I used zest from 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (add to batter frozen)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly oil muffin pan; I used coconut oil spray.  Whisk eggs in a medium bowl.  Stir in coconut oil, honey, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Stir in coconut flour, sea salt and baking soda.  Fold in raspberries and poppy seeds.  This batter thickens the more you stir it.  Fill muffin pans almost to the top and bake for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.  These muffins should be enjoyed within a day.  If not, they should be stored in the freezer and reheated prior to eating.

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TIP: When trying a new recipe, let you children taste it before you send it in their school lunch.  Unless you have a child who loves surprises!

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Whole Food School Lunch

It’s been awhile since I have posted a school lunch.  Getting 4 kids out the door in the morning in a timely manner is a challenge, 3 of them going to school, so I am not able to take photos that often.  This morning I did manage to quickly snap one before leaving!

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  • fresh mango
  • sliced cucumbers (peeled – they were not organic)
  • homemade blueberry muffin
  • organic cinnamon bears

Reusable BPA free lunch sets and cloth napkins found here.   Also, coming soon I will have build your own lunch sets.  Let your kids pick out their lunch sets and get them involved in packing healthy, delicious school lunches!

Happy New Year!

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School Lunch: almond milk, carrots, cucumbers, oranges/pineapple, dried apricot, pumpkin seeds, 1/2 “soysage” sandwich

I hope everyone had an awesome past few weeks and is ready to tackle the New Year!  I know 2016 technically started a few days ago, but for us, it starts tomorrow when school is back in session.  I have enjoyed the time off, but I am ready to get back into our routine.  I have a new excitement for feeding the family and packing lunches/snacks with the change of pace the last few weeks!

While I don’t necessarily believe in New Year’s Resolutions (I think ANY time is a great time to make changes in your life!), I do think this time of year is a great time for most people to think about changes they would like to make in their life.  My husband and I always do a few days of drinking mostly vegetable and fruit juices to start off the New Year.  I realize that we have not been juicing lately, and I have been trying to figure out why.  We always have plenty of fresh produce in the house.  I realized that while the base for the juicer is on the counter top, all the parts are in a drawer.  So I moved the juicer beside the sink, and all the parts are now out on the counter next to it.  Having it next to the sink will make it easier to clean and set the parts out to dry on the drying rack.  Can’t get much easier that this!  I will post my food intake over the next few days so you can see what I do.  I always feel so much better after upping my intake of fresh juices.

What do you want to change about you or your family’s eating habits?  I want to hear from you!  Remember, if you don’t know where to start with your children or your family, start with yourself!  Here are a few places you can start if you want to improve your family’s eating habits!

  • YOU eat tons of fresh fruits & veggies – lead by EXAMPLE!
  • ONLY buy what you want your family to eat
  • MINIMIZE processed foods in your house
  • STOP eating out
  • INVITE your children to cook with you
  • ASK for your child’s input on what and how to pack their school lunch
  • PLAN PLAN PLAN!  Plan a menu, plan your grocery shopping trips, plan snacks around your child’s schedule
  • drink tons of WATER
  • JUICE daily if possible!
  • eat meals at home WITH your family WITHOUT media

Tackle these things one at a time.  Pick something each week that you feel you can realistically do.  Take it slow, and remember, ANY change toward healthy family eating is a good thing!

FREE GIVEAWAY!!!

Perfectly Pear Lunch Kit

Perfectly Pear Lunch Kit

OK people, here we go!  I am offering a free giveaway of a Perfectly Pear Lunch Kit (pictured above) featured in my Etsy shop OR a $15 gift card to my new Etsy shop.  You will receive a brand new Easy Lunch Boxes sectioned lunch container, 2 silicone reusable cupcake liners, an Easy Lunch Box condiment container, handmade (by ME!) reusable cloth napkin & handmade (by ME!) reusable sandwich bag.  Simply do one or more of the following to be entered in the FREE giveaway:

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Whole Food Friday Lunch Kit

Whole Food Friday Lunch Kit