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Elf hat bentoToday I made black bean wraps for the girls.  I used raw, organic sunflower seed spread on Rudi’s Organic Wraps. I julienned carrots and cucumbers and topped then black beans.  I roll as tightly as I can and I stick them in the refrigerator so they’re cut more easily without falling apart.  It also helps to put a pick through the rolls to hold them together so the kids can easily pick them up.  In the top left are hat shaped watermelon pieces.  And the top right is an apple with the hat cut out and replaced with another watermelon in the middle packed in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Elf apple hat, hummus & pretzel bento by bentoriffic

Today’s bento snack is a green apple hat with the cutout used from lunch, a peeled clementine, a container of Sabra brand hummus, sesame pretzel sticks and Marcona(Spanish) almonds.

Black bean wrap & elf hat in LunchBotsThe mini version for my 2 year old is the same black bean wraps on Rudi’s Organic wraps, sunflower seed spread, black beans, cucumbers and carrots with holiday hat picks.  One the left are watermelon hat pieces and a silicone pea pod with raspberries, almonds and blueberries packed in her LunchBots Duo.

Packed lunch by bentoriffic

I thought it might be nice to show you how the lunch looks for my 4 year old once it’s ready to go.  She has a pink Easy Lunchboxes lunchbox.  It easily fits two Easy Lunchboxes.  Hers has 2 cooler packs in the bottom, then her lunch, more ice packs and then her CamelBak water bottle, snack bento, napkins with silverware rolled inside, and I pack an oilcloth placemat on top (not shown) before it gets zipped up.  I find that packing it tightly means less shuffling of the food, and the food stays better insulated until lunchtime.

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This afternoon we had some friends over to play.  I made some quick snacks with our FunBites Luv It cutters.  The girls had almond butter and jam mini sandwiches, strawberry hearts and this snack had a plum mouse with pumpkin seed eyes and nose and a Daiya (dairy free) cheese shred for the tail.

The second snack is a guacamole face with pretzel dippers and sliced olive eyes.  The mouth is a piece of Daiya (dairy free) cheese shred.  I made the rest of the FunBites mini sandwiches of almond butter and jam and strawberry hearts.

My husband had a baby spinach salad with teriyaki marinaded tofu in the middle and in slices around the edges.  I used a mini cookie cutter for the house shape.  I also included some yellow heirloom tomatoes.  At the top left are plum wedges and cantaloupe houses, and at the top right is a leftover soba noodle salad with cucumbers, scallions, radishes and carrots all packed in his Easy Lunchbox.  Not shown was his favorite ginger dressing.

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My fellow blogger friends and I are doing a summer blog hop.  We each got to choose what we thought reminded us of summer.  We hope this inspire some fun ideas for your summer picnics and lunches.  When you get to the end of each post, please click on the blog hop button or link to get to the next blog’s page.  Some people are posting later than others so make sure you loop through everyone’s creations during the day.  Enjoy!

These were fun afternoon snacks for my kids.  We live on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  I’m the big water fanatic in the family so we spend as much time as possible out walking the beach and playing outside.  We found a crab last week while walking the beach so I included him.  From the top left is a fruity drink made of watermelon and a cantaloupe strip on top with an orange slice garnish.  To the right is a beachy scene.  All the sand is cous cous with food coloring.  The crab is made of grape tomatoes, a tiny piece of uncooked pasta to attach his pinchers and 2 candy eyes.  The coconut palm is made from a pretzel stick trunk, kiwi palm fronds and dates rolled up for coconuts.  The flip flop at the bottom right is a pineapple chunk with Stretch Island brand fruit leather straps.

I also love to standup paddleboard which little Miss G did with me on Mother’s Day.  She was a bit nervous, but she ended up having a great time.  I did a scene with her half in the water hanging onto a surfboard (paddleboard) in the water which was cous cous dyed with food coloring.  The sun is a pineapple wedge.  The face and body of the girl are made from Stretch Island brand fruit leather and Vegan brand cheese.  Miss G knows that sharks live in salty water so I gave her coconut milk yogurt a water color too, and I put the fish(fruit leather) close to her & the shark far away.  At the top left is hummus with sea grass (snap peas) and an anchor.  Not shown were the quinoa chips for dipping.  Both snacks were packed in their Easy Lunch Boxes.

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We were invited to a small pool get together late this afternoon.  I knew the girls would be hungry.  Since we’re trying to keep to our plant-based diet, it’s easier sometimes to travel with food.   I packed both of them snacky type dinners in their Easy Lunch Boxes to go.

Miss A has Tofurkey deli sliced flower and Vegan brand cheese flowers to snack on.  The snake picks on either side are blueberries, and below is a sliced strawberry.   At the top left is hummus and the top right are honeydew melon flowers.  Not shown are whole grain pretzels for dipping in the hummus.

Miss G’s snack box is similar.  She also has Tofurkey deli slices and Vegan brand cheese in tree shaped bites. Below the small bites are black plum slices.  At the top left is hummus and the top right are honeydew melon trees packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

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After a week or so of elaborate lunches, the girls get something simple.  Mom is just plain tired!  They both had hummus cups with heart sprinkles in them for fun with braided whole grain pretzel sticks.  Miss G’s Easy Lunch Box has mango and plum skewers on the left, heart shaped strawberries and a clementine orange with a bunny pick.

Little Miss A had the same hummus cup with sliced strawberries in the pink cup and in the pink heart container are small plum and mango chunks.  Her lunch is in a Crocodile Creek sandwich container.  Both girls had ice water with their lunch.

The girls don’t go to school on Fridays.  This morning we went to a local market that grows their own fruits & veggies.  They also have cattle, a burro and sheep there that they let us feed.  That was the highlight of the day so far.

I made them lunch on these awesome plates our friend Pinky sent for Christmas.  Thanks, Pinky!  The girls love them.  They both had hummus, healthy pretzel sticks, and star fruit/carambola which are in season here in Florida.  Miss G had an almond butter & jam on whole grain bread.  I made the fish the princess’ hat.  Little A had a strawberry with her lunch.  Have a great weekend, everyone!


My neighbor and I decided to try to stuff all the little tummies before the candyfest this evening.  We divided up duties and made a fun and healthier feast.  Most of the kids are under 4 which makes it a little tough.   We decided on PB & Js on whole grain bread since there were no food allergies in the group. The PB & Js are the skeletons and pumpkins so the jelly would “bleed” through the eyes and mouths.   We also made owls, cats and a few brooms.  We used pre-made candy eyes and used plastic rings as decorations.

 

We also did cups with ranch dip on the bottom and carrot & celery sticks stuck in them after seeing the idea on Pinterest.

Mandarin orange cups with Sharpie marker faces on them.

Green and black seedless grapes with skeleton rings.

Also included (and not impressive) were Sabra mini hummus cups with pretzels.

Hope everyone had a safe & fun Halloween evening!


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