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I ordered a new Planetbox lunchbox for Miss G.  She is over the moon about her new box and owl carrying bag, and she’s anxious to pack her lunch in it again all by herself.  Today’s lunches are vegan, gluten free and soy free (except the pretzels which contain wheat).

Bentoriffic pasta and fruit lunch in Planetbox

I packed the first lunch for her in it.  Clockwise from the top are slices of blood orange, Go Raw Pizza flax snacks, cashews, dried aprictos and dried cranberries.  In the round stainless container is gluten free, vegan pesto macaroni in it with black olives and heirloom tomato slices. The bottom left compartment has sliced kiwi and in the middle is a coconut covered date and raisin “snow ball”.

Cukes, almonds and guac snack

For her preschool snack today, Miss G has two small bento boxes.  The top contains mini cucumbers from a local farm, and Trader Joe’s brand marcona almonds with rosemary.  The bottom container has a Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie snack pack of guac with peace pretzel chips for dipping.  At the bottom are dried mango slices.

quinoa, black beans, peas & carrots

For Miss A’s toddler lunch, she has a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left are dried cherries, rosemary roasted marcona almonds, kiwi and watermelon slices, quinoa topped with black beans, peas, carrots and shallots, and in the bottom left are carambola (star fruit) and sugar snap peas.

Happy Lunch Packing!

Things I used to make this lunch:

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I’m outta here!  It was a last minute decision, but I think it will prove to be a great one.  I was invited last minute to the Niche Mommy conference in New Orleans this week.  I’ve never been to New Orleans so I’m really looking forward to checking the French Quarter out.  My high school symbol was the fleur de lis (goes with my French loving theme well) so I decided to do a Fleur De Lis salad for my husband.  After all, he has to take care of the kids while I learn all kinds of new blogging techniques, social media tricks, hopefully improve my photographic skills and maybe have some good old fashioned girl fun while I’m away.  The salad is baby spinach and lettuce from the local organic farm.  On top is a heart of tempeh (fermented soybeans) which reminds me of a heavy barley.  Sliced mushrooms and fleur de lis cucumbers are also on the salad.  At the top left is quinoa salad with scallions, italian parsley, red and green peppers.  And at the top right are peach sections packed in his Easy LunchBox container.  Not shown is his ginger salad dressing.

I packed myself an Easy LunchBox for the trip today.  From the top left are dried mango pieces, pretzels and crackers for dipping.  In the small blue silicone cup is Eggless Salad by one of my favorite vegan chefs, Lindsay Nixon, better known as the Happy Herbivore.  Lindsay’s recipes are simple enough to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes, and yummy enough that they will become weekly staples in your house.  If you’re looking for meatless and/or dairy free recipes, I highly recommend purchasing her cookbooks.  I have 2 and a third pre-ordered from Amazon I like them so much!  Organic strawberry hearts mini almond butter sammies and Sabra hummus make up the rest of my lunch.

Hoping everyone has a fabulous weekend!

It’s definitely the dog days of summer here in Florida.  Hot!  We’ve been doing a lot of swimming to stay cool in the 90 something degree weather every day.

I owe a giant thank you to my guest bloggers from last week for such fun and creative posts in my absence.  Like everyone, I’m gearing up for back to school and trying to get into the routine while grasping on to the last bits of summer we have left.  I am still making today’s lunches so I did make a few bento lunches while I was traveling with the girls.

This lunch is one I packed for the airplane.  We had to travel a long distance so I packed one Easy Lunch Box container with as much food as I could fit for both girls.   At 2 & 4 years old, they can be very fickle about what they eat.  I used a cookie cutter to make smaller sandwiches.  Often stacking them sideways allows more to fit in too.  There are 4 almond butter and jam sandwiches on whole grain bread.  Under the sandwiches are heart shaped strawberries, at the bottom left are dried mangos, and the bottom right are mini carrots .  At the top left are blueberries and the top right are grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas and more mini carrots all packed in our Easy Lunch Box container.

Since our trip was so long I also packed some healthy bars and snacks for inbetween meals.  I try to keep some in my glove compartment when traveling in the car, in my purse or anywhere the kids might need to refuel.

For this airplane ride I introduced some new snack foods.  They loved both the dried strawberries and the pumpkin seeds.  The animal cookies were a special treat for after lunch.

One of the staples in our house are Larabar fruit and nut bars.  They are NOT a good option if you have a nut allergy.  Most have cashews so they are peanut free.  The reason I like them is they are simply dried fruits (apples, dates, pineapple, etc) and nuts.  That’s it.  There are no other additives so they are a great, healthy option for kids and adults and are filling enough that you only need one.  We also recently found these flavor & fiber bars by gnu foods that have simple ingredients as well.  And both of my kids are big Craisin eaters.  Again, the chocolate rice bars were a special treat.

I hope everyone is enjoying a bit of time off to enjoy the summer.  Looking forward to another fun school year and new lunch ideas.   Thanks as always for reading!


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