Well as quickly as it seems summer holidays are upon us, it’s just as quick that they are over! While we still have another month to go, as parents that month before is really a lot about prepping, and getting things ready for back to school!
Between searching for everything on the dreaded school supply list, and taking the kids to find the “gotta have the perfect 1st day of school outfit”, and don’t get me started about shoes! and of course, clean them up haircuts…whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
The one area though that I most dread is back to planning lunches! Trying to be creative and offer healthy choice lunches can be quite the task, especially if your dealing with picky eaters or food allergies.
I’m making it my mission to come up with some fresh ideas that I know my kids will love, and I’ll love knowing that they are enjoying nutritious, hearty lunches. As I discover new ideas, I’ll post them to share, and if you have some tried and true ideas, I’d love to hear those as well!
In the meantime, I’m prepping by gathering some new innovative products! Here’s a few I’ve discovered, and can be purchased at Generation Green.
Little Green Pouch (sold in packs of 4) is a reusable food pouch that’s BPA and phthalate free; easy to fill and seal securely by means of a handy zipper; dishwasher and freezer safe. Use the Little Green Pouch to fill with yummy smoothies, homemade apple sauce, or this homemade chocolate pudding recipe.
A fabulous dessert, with no added oil or refined sugar, but packed with flavor!
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup dates, pitted, soaked in water for a few hours, drained
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
Transfer to Little Green Pouches, chill several hours.
Nutrition: Per serving: 190 calories (90 from fat), 11g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 24g total carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 3g protein
Onyx Containers: (We also have travel cutlery & condiment containers)
The big sandwich box! This two layer lunch box fits an adult size sandwich, and it still has the convenient second layer for salads, pickles, fruit etc.. You can also write on the container with a non-permanent marker. It measures 17.5 x 13 x 6.2 cm. It is made from 18/0 (#430) food grade stainless steel.
These round airtight food storage containers are amazing and will fill your every need for lunch packing!
Sling Sisters Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags – Available in a variety of prints, and 2 sizes. Wash easily, zippered opening and made in Manitoba!
PackIt Lunch Cooler – the freezable personal cooler that keeps your food colder, fresher, and safer for longer than you could ever before – up to 10 hours! There’s no need for ice that melts or for bulky, toxic ice packs. Simply store your folded PackIt in the freezer until you’re ready to PackIt and go!
Watch for our next post on getting creative with lunches!