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I want to thank each one of you personally who voted for me in the Circle of Moms contest. It ended last night, and I’m # 7 in their Top 25 contest again this year thanks to you. I am overjoyed! I don’t win any money, but I do gain a great group of new people who look at my blog because of the list. I also have made new blogging friends from last year when I was in the Top 25 for Foodie Moms. Thank you again for your continued support. I encourage you all to peek at the lists that Circle of Moms provides. There are some amazing moms out there blogging from home & creating masterpieces to share in the hopes that we’ll help you find healthier meal solutions. We can’t do it without you so THANKS!
Miss G (my 4 year old) asked for stars in her Planetbox lunchbox today. From the top left are cucumbers, cashews, grape tomatoes, and pistachios. In the bottom right compartment are Laurel Hill brand peace sign pretzels. Miss G is crazy about peace signs so she requests them every week. An organic plum is in the bottom corner and the green square silicone cup has chickpea hummus with a cucumber star on top. Organic kiwi and carambola (star fruit) are in the bottom left and above are blueberries and an apple star cutout. In the center is a Hail Merry brand raw macaroon. Miss G loves the small portions and lots of variety. Her lunchbox rarely comes home with food in it!
She stays a bit longer in school some days so I send snacks with her. In her LunchBots Duo. On the left are local Minneola tangelos sliced and in the I Love U container are currants (small raisins). In the right compartment is a pink heart full of cashews and half and apple with a star cutout.
The end of dental week is today at Miss A’s (my 3 year old) school. I wanted to fit in a set of choppers with a toothbrush. When I got done with this lunch it was NOT what it looked like in my head. I wanted something cuter. Instead it reminds me of Dr. Teeth or Janice from the Muppets in the 70s. It’s still fun, and she giggled when she saw the crazy face so I guess it serves the purpose. I used heart shaped silicone cups to fill for the eyes. Inside are plum sections topped with more cucumber stars. The nose is made of a few dried apricots and the mouth is her sandwich on Rudi’s Organic Whole Wheat bread. I used a lips cookie cutter and sliced the mouth in half. The teeth are peeled apples cut into sections and soaked in citrus water and then towel dried and placed in the mouth. I also hand cut an apple to make the toothbrush and then with a paring knife, sliced the skin off to make it look like white bristles. The apple pieces also soaked in citrus water for 5-10 minutes.
My husband took some leftovers not worth photographing so I made him a salad to go along with his lunch. Baby spinach leaves are at the bottom of his Easy Lunchboxes container topped off with the cucumber cutouts from Miss G & Miss A’s lunches, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks and celery pieces down the middle. In the top compartments are carambola (star fruit) and blueberries. Everyone in our house takes a reusable bottle of ice water to go for the day. Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!
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Oh, brand new Planetbox, how we love thee! Anything that makes my life a little more organized with less thinking is for me!
I decided to start a couple weeks out from Valentine’s Day to get some ideas cooking. I love pastry/cookie cutters for preschool lunches. They make perfect bite sized goodness, and then kids have to fill up on fruits and vegetables. Muhaha! Sneaky mom! The sandwiches are Justin’s Almond Butter with small pieces of fresh strawberries inside. A few raspberries are in with the mini sammies. To the left are orange slices with grape tomatoes stuck in between. In the top left compartment are carrot and celery sticks and the treat in the center is a Hail Merry brand raw vegan vanilla coconut macaroon. The top row of tiny heart silicone cups are filled with blueberries and dried apricot hearts. Yum! This lunch is for my 4 year old packed in her Planetbox stainless lunchbox.
Miss A (3 years old) has her hearts lunch in our new LunchBots Trio. In the left compartment are raspberries and strawberries. At the top are blueberries and carrot sticks and in the bottom compartment are the same mini heart love sandwiches.
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Who doesn’t love ice cream? I do…until it makes me sick, or…well, now I just eat coconut milk ice cream sparingly. I thought it would be fun to make colorful ice cream scoops for lunch and pretend like we’re having it as a special treat.
Miss A (3 years old) has an Easy LunchBoxes container with tiny ice cream cone sandwiches on Rudi’s brand Cracked Wheat bread. I used a small pastry plunger cutter to make them. I do press the bread a bit before cutting, cut the shape and then press the plunger VERY firmly to get the fancy imprints in the bread. Then fill them as desired. Above the sandwiches in the pink cup is jasmine rice with balsamic glazed chickpeas. Next to that are some orange “scoops” of cantaloupe and some dried apricots. In the top left compartment are honeydew melon balls and in the top right are more “scoops” of watermelon.
Miss G has been asking some days to help make her lunches. Sometimes it’s in the mad rush of the morning, but she loves to cook and help so I try to accommodate whenever I can since I know she’s more likely to eat it if she makes it. She chose flowers for the above lunch in her Easy LunchBoxes container. She wanted chocolate almond butter, but we settled on regular almond butter and blackberry jam on Rudi’s Cracked Wheat bread. She also wanted to poke holes in them so she chose a tiny clover shaped cutter for the middle. Above the sandwiches are flower cups of dried cranberries and cashews. In the top left are grape tomatoes which she eats by the container and in the top right is an apple shaped apple which I made for her. I soaked it in the juice of half and orange for about 10 minutes before packing to prevent browning.
For snack time today, Miss G packed herself some sliced cucumbers, flower cut watermelon shapes, an apple cinnamon flower muffin and raspberries in lettuce silicone cups packed in her LunchBots Uno.
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Fun colors make almost anything look delicious. I use a lot of silicone baking cups to entice my kids to eat. This tortilla wrap is leftovers from last night’s dinner. I used Rudi’s Organic brand whole grain wraps. Inside are romaine leaves, fresh roma tomatoes, barbeque black beans with onions and tofu. I used a recipe from Robin Roberston‘s Vegan On The Cheap cookbook. Above the wraps is a little silicone square of Go Raw brand coconut cookies.
This dinner is one I double the recipe for to save time, and the leftovers taste better the next day. I included a clementine orange in the top left compartment and in the top right of her Easy Lunchboxes container are honeydew melon pieces.
For her snack today, Miss G has a Happy Tiffin stainless bento box with cashews at the bottom, a butterfly cup with dried cherries and underneath the cup are dried apricots.
For my almost 3 year old’s lunch, I made an open faced heart sandwich on Rudi’s Organic whole wheat bread with Justin’s almond butter spread and strawberry heart halves on top. Above that in the silicone cup is a peeled clementine with a leaf pick. In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are Go Raw brand Super Cookies made with all organic coconut, sprouted sesame seeds and dates for her gluten free, nut free snack. And in the top right heart silicone cup are cantaloupe hearts. Both girls have ice waters with their lunches.
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Trying new foods is my thing. Of course, these days it includes crazy seeds, fruits and things I’ve never heard of since dropping meat & dairy from our family diet.
I made my own version of vegan barbeque last night which means it becomes lunch the next day. I found a product called Soy Curls made by Butler Foods. You just soak them in warm water for 10 minutes and add the desired flavoring. Once hydrated, I added these to a skillet with about 4 tablespoons of water, 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke and about 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and cooked over medium heat for about 10 minutes. I add water a tablespoon at a time as necessary to keep it moist. For this lunch I poured it over whole wheat Israeli couscous in her Easy Lunchboxes contianer. In the top left compartment are local strawberries we picked this past week from Eden Farm. The top right compartment has a chia seed pudding I made with almond milk. Chia seeds are high in Omega 3 acids (more than salmon or flax seeds), calcium, potassium, fiber and protein. Click here to read more about these amazing little seeds. Benefits of eating chia seeds
CHIA SEED PUDDING RECIPE
1 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons honey, stevia or agave nectar (depends on your preference)
Soak for 20-30 minutes until thickened like tapioca. Stir every 5 minutes to eliminate clumps out of mixture. Pudding will thicken like tapioca.
I’ve also added cinnamon and raisins as a variation on this recipe.
For her afternoon snack, my 4 year old has a serving size of Sabra hummus, Laurel Hill brand peace pretzel chips, blueberries, strawberries and dried apricots packed in a LunchBots Uno stainless lunch container.
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Every day with my kids is a gift. So I decided to put a small gift in Miss G’s lunch today. She has an almond butter and jam sandwich shaped like a Christmas gift on Rudi’s Organic Whole Grain bread. I put a Stretch Island fruit leather bow on top. Above that are breaded soy nuggets in a star silicone cup. Wedged in between is a Hail Merry Vanilla Macaroon for a treat. Pineapple chunks and a peeled clementine are packed in next to her lunch. In the top left are organic blueberries with a peppermint swirl food pick and Christmassy cous cous in the top right with red peppers mixed in packed in her Easy Lunchboxes container
The snack bento of the day is cashews, a small organic apple and purple sweet potato chips in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box.
My littlest munchkin has a holly lunch today in her LunchBots Quad. From the top left she has organic raspberries with a mitten ring. In between the cups are 2 dried apricots and a Hail Merry brand raw macaroon, cashews in the top right with a holly food pick, organic blueberries and three small holly sandwiches on Rudi’s Organic whole grain bread made with a small cookie cutter stamp.
I packed this fruit and grain snack box to go with my husband’s lunch. In the top compartments are festive colored cous cous and dried cranberries. In the bottom of his Easy LunchBoxes are raspberries, mixed grain and walnut salad, a local organic Florida tangerine and a mini apple.
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Miss G went off to school today with a peace dove for lunch. Surrounding the sandwich are grape tomatoes and sugar snap peas halved on holiday lunch picks. In the top right are organic raspberries and in the top right are pineapple pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.
For her snack today, she has a LunchBotsDuo packed with yellow grape tomatoes, dried apricots and carambola (star fruit) slices on the left and a dove cut out of her green apple on the right with a peeled clementine.
And my 2 year old has her LunchBots Quad today packed with pineapple pieces, pears, carambola (star fruit) and small peace dove sandwiches. Both girls have ice waters not shown. TGIF!