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Miss G’s first day in pre-Kindergarten was yesterday.  I definitely had a proud mom moment realizing she was excited to go and well socialized enough to look at the positives of new friends and a fun new classroom.  I also had my sad moment where I felt like I was saying goodbye to my oldest baby.  She is definitely all girl now and ready to go out & meet new friends.  It’s hard to let go sometimes.  After all, it seems like only months ago when I was staring down at a new baby wondering, “What do I DO with her?”.  There is no manual.   As parents, we just do our best one day at a time.  Off to school she goes.

She will be in school until mid-afternoon which means she needs lunch AND snacks daily that I pack for her.  She wanted her trusty almond butter and jam today, but I told her we’re working on more variety from now on.  For today, the apple sandwiches are on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s Maple Almond butter and strawberry jam.  Along with the sandwiches are an apple pick of red seedless grapes, a silicone apple container with small Apple Cinnamon Larabar bites (I cut them into small pieces) and grape tomatoes.  She also LOVES Israeli cous cous (top left) so I mixed it with quinoa and edamame which were cooked in vegetable broth.  At the top right are blackberries and raspberries packed in her Easy LunchBox container.

For her snack I used a small 2 tiered bento box. The top compartment is mini carrots and sugar snap peas.  In the green sauce container is Tofutti sour cream for dipping and below that is a mini vegan apple cinnamon muffin.  At the bottom are dried cranberries on the left and the right has sprouted pumpkin seeds and cashews.

The hubby has a salad again.  His mixed baby greens are arugula, tat soi, baby green and red chard, and baby bok choi.  On top is a piece of teriyaki marinaded tofu, a yellow roma tomato, a green heirloom tomato and sprouted pumpkin seeds on the sides.  At the top left are blueberries and raspberries and the top right is a wild rice salad with red & green peppers and pecans packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

Wishing all of my readers’ families a smooth transition during this back to school time!

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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!

My husband has to travel today so I suggested that I pack him a lunch.  Airport food is dreadful in general, but when I flew recently I realized how tough it is to find ANYTHING vegitarian, vegan or just plain healthy.  I packed my own sandwiches, but it was a long day of traveling.  We are still doing our plant based diet so the goal is to eat as little processed food as possible.  Since we’re still a bit new to the diet it takes some planning ahead.

He may want to kill me for a cutesy sandwich, but I couldn’t resist.  He has the airplane LunchPunch cut out of Rudi’s Whole Grain bread which is our favorite brand for the past few months.  The sandwich is surrounded by organic mini carrots and fresh blueberries on the top part.  At the top left are locally grown cucumber slices and at the top right are grapes and a strawberry heart packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Please excuse the poor photos for his traveling lunch.  I had to take them late last night.

Since I know he will be traveling most of the day,  I also packed a second smaller bento box.  The bottom part has a single serve Sabra brand hummus with whole grain crackers and a heart container with dried cherries in it.  The top portion is packed with halved strawberries as his afternoon snack along with a couple of Larabars.

Little Miss 2 year old is having an apple sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with a surprise “worm” coming out of it.  It’s actually an Annie’s Organic Fruit Bunny, but I drew a small face on one end with a food marker.  Looks like a worm to me!  She’s also having a small apple container of dried cherries.   On the left side of her LunchBots Duo is a flower cup of halved grapes and a strawberry heart on top.  Above that are blueberries.

Miss G is having a dog house sandwich with a silicone dog cup of blueberries, honeydew melon grass and a small orange cup of dried cherries.  At the top right are grapes surrounding a carrot stick.  At the top left is a cup of homegrown heirloom tomatoes and a green dog pick packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

We celebrate Easter in our house.  Like many parents, I think candy is ok in very small doses.  I am not a fan of filling up a giant basket of junk that sends my kids spinning like tops for hours afterwards.  We chose pretty woven baskets to be reused every year.  I happened to pick these up at Michael’s.   We leave our baskets and our eggs out every year to be hidden, and in the morning the hunt for them.  This way we re-use the same things every year, and it’s more of a fun game than about the candy.

As of the first of the year, we are also not eating eggs any more on our plant-based diet.  We had some decorative eggs that we use every year that will be hidden, and this year we will hide non-toxtic painted wooden eggs that can be re-used each year.  There are a lot of choices now to be able to avoid buying more junky plastic each year, and we like that they can play with them year-round.  Here are the eggs I like that I found on Etsy sold by applenamos:

Wooden Easter Eggs

If you’re still a fan of the plastic eggs, why not try something new?  These eggs are made from corn, are biodegradable and compostable.  These options may seem a bit pricey, but if you never have to buy them again it may actually save money over time.  At least you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals in your little one’s mouths.

Eco Eggs

All that being said, I am still realistic.  My kids want to get fun Easter things.

This year I decided to put new bath towels as their bigger gift from the Bunny.  They were in need of new towels, so why not make it a gift?  My kids will be getting new bath towels and matching wash cloths Kohl’s, Target and Cost Plus World Market all have cute kid towels that you can find for girls and boys.  I also chose some small toys, stickers and books to fill their baskets.  We feel like our kids have WAY too much stuff as it is so we try to keep it pretty simple.

Miss G’s basket (just turned 4) contains a panda bath towel & wash cloth (Kohl’s), a new Pinkalicious book, a Hello Kitty pencil, a Hello Kitty hair bow (attached to wash cloth panda’s ear),  Pinkalicious matching game, stacking crayons and duck necklace bubbles (both found in Target dollar bin), Max & Ruby stickers  (not shown but also from Target dollar bin),  and a Hello Kitty utensil set.

And Miss A’s basket (just turned 2) has an elephant towel & matching wash cloth (from Kohl’s, Hello Kitty hair barrette, stacking crayons, Max & Ruby stickers and duck bubbles (again, Target dollar bin) and a fun Easter book.

Try your local Dollar store too for fun, non-food spring gifts.  I also saw some great ideas for egg stuffers if you want snacks in them like homemade mini muffins, bite size granola, small fruit bars (LaraBar makes healthy ones with no additives!)  organic gummies and even dried fruits.  That way your kids won’t be overloaded with unhealthy candy.   I hope that this spurs some healthy ideas for spring baskets.  Happy Spring everyone!


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