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My 4 year old loves her sandwiches.  She has whole grain and pumpernickel puzzle pieces.  I used the The Lunch Punch puzzle piece cutters for this one.  I cut the bread first, fill the sandwiches and then reassemble the pieces.  To the left is a pick of grape tomatoes and dried apricots.  Above the sandwich are red seedless grapes.  In the top left compartment of her Easy LunchBoxes are heart shaped strawberries and the top right are apple pieces.  I soak the apples immediately in a bowl of cold water with a bit of lemon or lime juice to prevent browning.  I soaked these for about 10 minutes and then toweled dry and put in the lunchbox.

See this great post by Cristi of  Bent On Better Lunches on different methods for preventing your fruits from browning in the lunchbox.

The Great Apple Browning Experiment

For her snack, Miss G has Sabra hummus with two different types of grapes and sliced kiwi.  Not shown are crackers for dipping in the hummus.

Still going on with the giant box of clementines we have, today’s face is a vampire.  Stay tuned for one last Halloween lunch and a giveaway this week.  Stay warm & safe, everyone!

Things I used to make this lunch:

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So I said it would be the last lunch yesterday, but I ended up having to make one for Little A today.  I remembered to pay for Miss G’s lunch, and in the rush out yesterday forgot to include her.  Oops!

I also volunteered for the snack for the 2 year old room since it was a water day for them spending the morning in the hot sun.  I offered for a few reasons.  I really dislike the “snacks” that most other moms bring with tons of added sugar, food dyes, and the like, and I want to see all the kids refuel on the right foods.  After some great suggestions from friends, I went to the fruit skewer idea.  I had some issues this round though.  These are 2 year olds.  Not only do they put everything in their mouths, but they are also clumsy by nature.  I knew I couldn’t use the sharp, wooden skewers.  I poked myself plenty of times just making them so I was hoping to avoid injuries.  I decided on cake pop sticks.  They are the thicker, paper sticks with blunt, rounded edges like on a large lollipop.  There is one big problem with those sticks and fruit.  Paper and water don’t go well together.  DUH!  So they ended up being ok, but the sticks were wobbly by the time the kids ate them.  They didn’t fall apart, but they were not ideal.  Next time I will look for a different alternative.  Lastly, watermelon is terrible for the skewer idea. If you’re going to use it, you’ll have to do it in large pieces or it falls apart.  I also like the idea of leaving the rind on and poking the stick through it as separate snack.  All in all, the kids loved them, it was a healthy snack and they looked good.  They were made of cantaloupe flowers, pineapple chunks, honeydew melon stars, cherries and black seedless grapes.

Here is Miss A’s last minute lunch for her.  I used the puzzle cutter by LunchPunch for the sandwich and made a piece of vegan cheese and a piece of fruit leather on top.  To the right are mandarins and watermelon pieces packed in her LunchBots Duo.

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The girls are out of school today so it’s another lunch at home.  I am always grateful for the easy of fun kitchen tools.  I just bought the puzzle piece set of 4 LunchPunches.  They take no more time to use than making a regular sandwich, but they make it so much more fun!  Both kids’ sandwiches are on whole grain bread with almond butter & agave nectar.  Miss G’s has an avocado half with a tomato half in where the pit was.  In the green flower cup are dried cherries with a strawberry heart on top.

Miss A has the same sandwich with a puzzle piece of avocado and apple on the top.  The green container has dried cherries in it and on the far right is a strawberry heart.  Wishing everyone a great weekend!


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