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It was Miss A’s birthday this week.  She turned 3.   I think every mother sits back and asks where the time went.  It certainly doesn’t feel like 3 years ago!  In any case, I made her a special birthday lunch, and her Easy LunchBoxes container came back empty which is always a sign of success to me.

Bentoriffic- Three Years Old bento

I used the LunchPunch birthday cake cutter on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  Inside is Justin’s Almond butter with a bit of agave nectar.  I cut a 3 out of  Stretch Island fruit leather and used a tiny heart cutter for the flames of the candles.  On either side of the sandwich are heart picks of organic blueberries.  In the top left compartment are 3 pineapple chunks and three candle cupcake picks and in the top right are 3 number 3 pieces of watermelon and a date and raisin ball rolled in coconut.

Stitch present

Her favorite present?  A Stitch action figure which I found on eBay.  He speaks alien, makes laser gun noises and comes with green alien drool.  I know, I’m not winning mother of the year in some people’s eyes, but she LOVES her Lilo and Stitch Disney movies.

Bentoriffic- Cupcake by Miss G

Miss G wanted to make her own lunch today so I obliged.  She had a cupcake shaped sandwich with the same LunchPunch set.  She filled it with chocolate almond butter and cut a fruit leather cherry for the top.  She also has organic blueberries and ice cream cone shaped watermelon pieces in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Bentoriffic- BBQ beans and veggies bento

My husband is having last night’s leftovers of barbeque black eyed peas, beans and vegetables.  It’s as simple as it sounds. Cook black eyed pease and your favorite beans (I used pintos) or open the can & dump into a skillet.  In a separate skillet I cooked 2 carrots chopped, 1 shallot finely chopped, 1 cup of peas and 2 turnips and sauteed them in a separate skillet until cooked.  I used about a 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce and coated the beans while heating them.  When the vegetables were done cooking, I merged the two and coated it all with the barbeque sauce.  Dinner is served!  In the top left are pineapple pieces and in the right compartment are watermelon pieces in his Easy Lunchboxes container.

Please click on each photo to find out where I bought tools I used to make this lunch:

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FunBites Santa by bentoriffic

A while back I put this Santa in the chimney lunch together for FunBites.   I used their CubeIt cutter and some Rudi’s Organic Whole Grain bread to make the mini sandwiches.  I used the crust bread scrap for the top of the chimney and some remaining bread for his face.  His eyes and nose are made with Stretch Island brand fruit leather.  I used some agave nectar and sprinkled some unsweetened coconut on his face for the beard.  His hat is a strawberry half and the top of his hat is a tiny piece of a vegan (dairy free) marshmallow.  Above the mini sandwiches are a cup of honeydew melon trees with a Santa cupcake pick and in the top right cup are strawberry stars with a candy cane food pick.

Wednesday is a perfect day for leftovers.  Mom’s feeling a bit under the weather so dump dinner in an Easy LunchBoxes container & voila.  Lunch is served.

Lunch today (dinner last night) is brown rice with mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, snow peas and onions) on top.  I packed a tiny sauce container of soy sauce.   In the top left container are grape tomatoes and in the top right are red grapes.

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento, Miss G’s snack is a seckel pear, clementine sections, kiwi slices and a container of roasted pumpkin seeds.

 

Little Miss 2 year old has a LunchBots Quad for lunch.   From the top left are clementine sections with a star container of pumpkin seeds, red seedless grapes, star sandwiches with pumpkin pecan butter and a small Hail Merry brand chocolate vegan macaroon, and at the bottom left are mini carrots and sugar snap peas.

60 MILLION.  That’s how many plastic straws consumers use in a day.  Plastics account for 25% of the trash in our landfills.  One can’t easily escape the news that plastic is quickly filling our oceans.  We need solutions, and I met a mom who invented one.  I found out from a friend about GreenPaxx reusable straws and caps.  I contacted the CEO, Cindy,  and asked if I could review her product.  I did receive 2 straws and a cool cap to try in trade for a review.  I used them for quite a few weeks and let my children (2 and 4 year olds) play with them for a while to test their durability.  GreenPaxx is a brand new product.  They are silicone reusable, eco-friendly straws (available in pink or blue sets) and lids (called Cool Caps).

5 Great Reasons to buy GreenPaxx straws and Cool Caps:

1. They are eco-friendly.  The products arrived in a plain brown envelope wrapped in tissue in a minimalist fashion.  Many people want the glossy packaging, but it made me smile.  I was SO glad to get something that didn’t contain foam or plastic packing.  Also, none of the products (straws or cap) leech any chemicals into your family’s drinks.

2.The straws and lids make foods and drinks more fun.  I must admit I’m trying more new drinks for traveling myself and as a result my family is too.  With the colorful pink and blue GreenPaxx straws, my girls will try almost anything (within reason) that I put in front of them.  Try blending up a small bit of kale or spinach with some sweet fruits before your daily errands and watch your kids drink it up.  Your whole family will be developing healthy habits together.  Make eating healthy fun!

3. They are a permanent, versatile solution to replace plastic straws.  My 2 and 4 year old want their straws every morning now.  They drink more of their liquids than they did before because the straws are theirs and because they are pink.  I love that they take seconds (literally) to wash with soap & warm water, create no trash and are ready to reuse whenever I need them.  Their 2 part construction means nothing gets stuck in the bend or gets funny smells.  They are dishwasher safe too!

4. Stay better hydrated.  I would like to think I plan well for school mornings or before sports classes, but like many moms I’m often rushing around.  The straws and lids allow me to throw a lid on my smoothie or protein shake and go.  Normally it would go back in the fridge, and I would forget about it until later.  Or worse yet I’m have to put it in yet another container or it would spill all over my already kid decorated car.  My kids are fueling their bodies with healthy drinks from home now instead of something sugary or store-bought.  They get the health benefit, and my car doesn’t have the mess!

5. You are supporting a home-based small businesses.  Your money goes straight to a small business, a mom of 4 kids and an inventor.  What better way to keep our shopping local!   GreenPaxx straws and Cool Caps are available for sale on Amazon.com and on the GreenPaxx website.  I ended up purchasing some as gifts and more straws for our family at home after a few weeks of using them.  I plan on giving some more as gifts later this year (think teachers, smoothie and protein shake drinking friends and anyone who needs a great on-the-go gift).

Drawbacks?  There are no downsides to the straws in my opinion.  I only wish I had invented them myself.  They are innovative, can be used with just about anything,  come apart for easy of cleaning and they’re practically indestructible (as tested by my 2 and 4 year olds).  The products were used as instructed as well as being tied in knots, made into choo choo trains, hidden in rooms, stepped on and thrown.  They still look exactly like they did when they arrived.

The Cool Caps don’t fit every single glass in my home.  If you own tiny juice glasses or small toddler cups, they will not fit.  They also do not fit the enormous sized stadium glasses you may have sitting around.  They do fit all of my pint glasses, most mason jars and many drinking glasses.  We primarily use pint sized glasses on which the Cool Caps give a snug, leak-free fit.

I made my own version of a Vitamix recipe by adding in things I had at home.  I did purchase a Thai coconut especially for this drink, and it was worth all the work to open it!  My kids loved it too with not a drop left.  This is how I squeeze in extra vegetables by blending things like kale, collard greens and spinach with sweet fruits.  As long as it’s blended well, they devour it!

Kale and coconut smoothie recipe

1 Thai coconut water and meat

5 kale leaves, stems removed

2 nectarines, pitted & sliced

1 heaping pint very ripe strawberries

1 mango, pitted and peeled

The end result.

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The girls want to have a picnic at the park.  What?  An excuse to pack a bento lunch?  Why yes!  Let’s do it!  I let them choose their own cookie cutters today.

Miss A chose a mushroom sandwich.  I gave her an almond butter & jam sandwich.  On top are vegan cheese dots and face.  The grass below is honeydew melon and to the right is a chopped date roll coated in coconut.  At the top left are kiwi slices with a ladybug pick and at the top right are blueberries with a mushroom pick.  The mushroom container has dried cranberries.

Miss G chose a giraffe for her lunch. The giraffe’s spots are vegan cheese too.  Next to him are baby broccoli trees.  At the top left are mini carrots and at the top right are small yellow and green tomatoes we got from King Family Farm and Market the other day with a giraffe pick.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in our Easy Lunch Boxes for our park picnic.

Pinterest is great for so many things.  I am not very organized so I find it fabulous for filing away creative ideas.  I have made a few recipes from the foods I’ve pinned.  Many were good and some were terrible.  I wanted to pass on this one that’s a tried & true keeper.  I like it because I don’t have to turn on the oven, the kids can actually help with them and despite their sweet taste, you sneak in a 1/2 cup of ground flax seed for fiber, vitamins, protein and omega-3s.  Make sure to buy ground  flax seed or grind yourself at home for the full benefits and store in the refrigerator to keep it from going rancid.

Be careful not to eat too many!  They are SO yummy and also pack a lot of fats into one bite so limit how many you eat.   I substituted for vegan chocolate chips and agave nectar.  Peanut allergic houses can revise and add SunButter or another nut butter to make them safe.

Here’s what the pin looks like:

And the recipe as written from Pinterest:

1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter), 1/3 cup honey 1 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1 tsp vanilla Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

At home with just dry ingredients:

I recommend adding more agave nectar or honey than the recipe says.  The first time I made them they didn’t stick together well.  This time I added approximately 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of agave, and they stuck together much better.  Again, it depends on how you like them.  You can always add more and re-refrigerate before making them if you decide they’re not sticking together well.

Here’s my end result.  Yum!

I disappeared again for a bit, I know.  I had to leave town for a week or so, but I’m back again and back at the lunches too.  Our family is 30 days in today to our new vegan/plant-based diet.  It has taken a lot of new learning, information and recipes to get informed.  I still have plenty to learn, but we feel a lot healthier already.  The biggest change at home for the girls has been getting rid of cow’s milk.  After taste testing many alternatives, they decided that they like almond milk the best.  It has more calcium than cow’s milk and less calories which makes it an easy decision for the parents too.  One in every 6 children today in the U.S. is obese, and that does not include the children who are in the overweight category.  I am rededicating myself to make better choices for my family, and I hope that I can help to pass on the information to other families at the same time.

If you haven’t yet checked the brand of bread you buy, it’s an important thing to do for you and your family.  Make sure that the first ingredient has the word WHOLE followed by the grain.  If it says wheat, oat,  enriched, unbleached, etc. it is NOT a whole grain product and has been processed and refined first.   Many of the breads that I have found on sale at my local store ARE whole grain breads and affordable.  Just be sure to read the label before you buy.

The girls had heart themed sandwiches and fruits today.  Miss G had a heart shaped sandwich on whole wheat bread with almond butter and jam.  The heart on top of the sandwich is cut out of a piece of organic raspberry fruit leather.  Above the sandwich are 2 picks of blueberries, and to the bottom left of the sandwich is a “snow ball” cookie made of raw dates, almonds, raisins, walnuts and rolled in dried coconut.  On the left side from top to bottom are heart shaped strawberries, heart shaped apples and a kiwi sliced in a LunchBots stainless container.

Miss A had a smaller version of the same lunch.  She had a double heart sandwich on whole wheat bread with small raspberry fruit leather hearts on top.

In a separate container, she had leftover macaroni shells on the right and on the left were heart shaped strawberries and heart shaped kiwi slices.  Both girls had ice water with their lunches.


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