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Welcome to Wednesday.  I’m on day 2 of a diet cleanse and exactly 2 days that I’ve had a headache.  I cut out a number of things.  By far the hardest are soy and caffeine.   It’s a great way to find out how addicted to caffeine I am.  My answer was VERY addicted.  We’ll see how I do at the end of two weeks.  Just hoping the headaches don’t last that long!

Miss G is off to school with a flowery sandwich made with a Lunch Punch Sandwich cutter on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  Click on the photo below to find more fun sandwich cutters.  The flower in the middle is made with the heel of the bread loaf.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are kiwi and blueberries and in the top right are grape tomatoes.

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Snack time for my 4 year old is in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento with raspberries, mini carrots and dried cherries.

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My two year old has a LunchBots Quad with mini chickpea burger halves in the top left and bottom right compartments with mini carrots and at the opposite corners are kiwi slices and pineapple chunks.

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I couldn’t resist.  The girls have Mouse fever.  Like Hello Kitty, they can never get enough of Disney.  I found some Mickey & Minnie sandwich cutters on eBay, and I had to have them.  I made them chocolate almond butter and agave nectar sandwiches with fresh fruit.  From the top are pineapple, pear, mango and apple mice inbetween the sandwiches.   I found the fabulous vintage looking plate on clearance at my local Target store.

I rely on a few websites for great tasting, vegan recipes.  This one is adapted from Oh She Glows. Angela Liddon has amazing, original recipes that taste great.   This one’s called the Back On Track Wheat Berry and Bean Salad.  You can revise it how you like as I did.  I had spelt berries and garbanzo beans in the pantry which is what I used.  I love extra vegetables so I used lots of grape tomatoes, cucumbers, 3 colors of sweet peppers and green onions.  The dressing is also by taste.  It’s a great, filling salad for summer or a potluck dish too.

My husband is having a mixed green salad with broccoli sprouts along the sides.  On top of the sprouts along the edges are sweet red peppers and cucumber Os.  His side of spelt berry salad is at the top right and heart shaped strawberries at the top left packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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.

We’re packing up for a beach playdate today.  I slacked on the rainbow theme this week so I decided to do a few last themed lunches for today.  It’s already in the mid-80s here so the kids need to stay well hydrated & snacked while we’re outside.

Miss G and Miss A both get rainbow and whale sandwiches today with the same bread from earlier this week.  It was made by Astrid at Lunch Fit For A Kid and her incredible baking skills.  Click on any of her links on this page to find out how she made this beautiful Rainbow Pan de Mie.  At the top left is a slice strawberry with peach slices below it.  On the bottom left is a cup of pineapple chunks, edamame and a flamingo pick with blueberries on it.  The sandwiches are both peanut butter with blackberry jam.  The candy eye is stuck on with peanut butter so it won’t move.

Miss A had the same exact sandwiches with the Rainbow Pan de Mie bread.  At the top left, she also had a sliced strawberry, peach slices, bottom left with pineapple chunks, and honeydew melon.  Next to her sandwiches are blueberries on a flamingo pick.

I also packed rainbow assorted fruit snacks and veggies for the girls to eat & share with our friends.  Clockwise from the top left are strawberries and a mandarin orange, honeydew melon, dried apricots and dried cranberries, mini carrots, blueberries, and pineapple chunks.  All 3 rainbow lunches were packed in our Easy Lunch Boxes

For more incredible rainbow ideas, please visit The Rainbow Connection at Bent On Better Lunches.

I admit that I’m having a bit of trouble finding my creative energy to make fun lunches this calendar year.  I’m still quite busy putting the house back together and getting organized after the holidays.  You will definitely see some changes in the girls’ lunches this new year.  We are trying to better our health, and we made a decision to eliminate meat from our diets.  It’s a big decision, but one we’ve been thinking about for a while.  Their dad and I are on the path to becoming vegan.  You may see some remnants of cheese and other items left in the fridge until they disappear, but for the most part our lunches will be meat and dairy free from now on.  The decision was made purely on a health basis.  We both have genetically high cholesterol and heart problems on both sides of the family.  Neither of us are overweight, but yet we still battle high cholesterol issues.  A plant based diet seemed to be the best answer for us.  I know that it’s not for everyone so please know that I will remain honest about things that work and don’t work in lunches.  There is nothing worse to me than a meal that doesn’t taste good and I don’t enjoy.  I hope my readers will stick with me through the ride and know that you can make your own substitutions for whatever works best for you & your family.  Much peace & prosperity in the new year!

Our family went to DisneyWorld for a couple of days over the weekend to celebrate little A’s upcoming 2nd birthday.  The girls had a blast, tried our patience and were happy and exhausted at the end.  In any case, they have a renewed love for the big mouse again.  I did find a Mickey cookie cutter there. I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to perfect him today so I may attempt Minnie again soon.  The sandwich is an almond butter and jam on whole grain bread.  The ears & outside of the face are the heel of the bread.  His eyes are provolone and the rest is fruit leather.  To the right are grape tomatoes, below are dried cherries, , the bottom left are small picks of blueberries and mini carrots with a tiny container of ranch for dipping.

 

 

Little Miss A got the short end of the stick since I ran out of time.  She got 3 little bear sandwiches on whole grain with almond butter and jam.  Their faces are fruit leather.  Next to them are 2 bear shaped dried apricots.  On the right side clockwise are a squirrel container of shelled edamame, blueberry picks, Snap Pea crisps and a bunny container of dried cherries.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

 

 


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