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Birds make me happy.  I don’t have a specific reason.  They just cheer me up so I’m hoping that my kids find the same joy in them that I do.  All the lunches today are vegan (meatless and dairy free), soy-free, gluten-free and all ingredients are organic.

spinach pasta with stars & birds

Miss G’s lunch (4 years old) is spinach rice noodles with a small bit of Earth Balance coconut spread mixed in and Field Roast sundried tomato (meatless) deli slices on top shaped into stars and a bird.  In her Easy Lunchboxes container at the top are heart shaped strawberries and watermelon birds.

Oh my stars snack bentoAlong with lunch is her preschool snack in a LunchBots Duo stainless container.  In the left compartment are carrot sticks, blueberries and dried apricot stars, and in the right are sugar snap peas, a Crimson Gold apple and a “snow ball” made of dates and raisins rolled in coconut.

Matryoshka with stars bentoIn our fancy matryoshka bento box is little sister’s lunch.  On the left side she has raisins in the flower cup with star shaped dried apricots.  Below that is jasmine rice with carrot mini stars and sugar snap peas.  On the right side are watermelon stars and below are bird-shaped sundried tomato deli slices and cucumbers.

Spinach with black bean saladAbove is the elusive mom lunch.  I am usually on the run, but decided to make a salad today.  I had a giant pile of organic spinach, about a cup of black beans, bird shaped cucumbers and some daikon I found at my local Whole Foods.  I have to say that the daikon wasn’t a good match with the salad.  I read later that its taste softens with cooking which is what I’ll do with the rest.  It was a little bitter to eat raw. On the sides are avocado slices.  For my dressing I topped with a bit of red wine vinegar.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

Hoping that you have all the craziness behind you by now (except for tonight, of course).  I stayed up late making homemade Stitch ears for my 2 year old’s alien costume and planning the last of the Halloween food until next year.

Ahh, the last of the Halloween lunches!  Miss G, the 4 year old, has a LunchBots Quad with raspberries and an RIP headstone pick, a seckel pear with sticker, dragonfruit pieces with a skeleton pick and at the bottom left are mango pieces with a dragonfruit witch.

I found these little wooden coffins in Michael’s, and I finally put them to use.  I decorated the lids with Halloween stickers for fun.

I hand cut the sandwich to fit inside, and added a Wilton googly eye pick and a fruit leather mouth.

I also found these paper boxes for crafting at Michael’s, and I used them for snack bentos today.  Miss G’s is a jack-o-lantern face.  I filled it with cashews, dried cranberries and moon shaped dried apricots for her morning snack.

My 2 year old has a smaller wooden coffin for her sandwich.  Hers is a light activated box.  It cackles loudly when it opens which she loves.

She also has an almond butter & jam sandwich with a Wilton eye pick and Stretch Island fruit leather mouth, eyebrows and fangs.

Miss A has a pumpkin cup with mango pieces and a dracula pick with cashews above.  On the right are a seckel pear, raspberries, dried apricot crosses and a skeleton hand.

For her morning snack is a small coffin with dried cranberries and a handful of bone shaped candies.

Need quick & healthy last minute Halloween snack ideas?  Here are a few that your store won’t be out of if you need something fast.

Raisins-They’re like nature’s sugar, you can use them to make eyes on just about anything.  Raisins are full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.  Eating raisins can help your energy levels.  They’re high in the best kind of natural sugars.  They also promote healthy bones since they contain high levels of calcium.

Clementine oranges or mandarin cuties-Mother Nature’s fast food.  Grab a box or bag and a few Sharpie markers or a pack of fun Halloween stickers & get creative.   A basket of these are more appealing to little ones than you may think.  For some reason stickers and fun faces make it enticing.  The best part is that they’re packed with nutrients like calcium, potassium and vitamin C.

Popcorn– NOT the microwave kind, the real no additive kind.  Pop up some corn in an air popper or a paper bag.  Here are the paper bag instructions:

Microwaving popcorn in a paper bag

We like to sprinkle a light dusting of sea salt or sometimes a bit of cinnamon on top for an afternoon snack.  For my kiddo party later today, my neighbor and I are putting popcorn in witch hand shaped bags as a snack.  Popcorn has more antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables so skip the heavy butter & oil and dig in!

Pumpkin Seeds-Roast a few lightly salted seeds at home, and you’ll be snacking on these minerals: phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc as well as vitamin K and B.

Wishing everyone a fun, safe & happy Halloween!

I looked at the school calendar yesterday and realized it’s rainbow week at the girls’ school.  I didn’t have anything naturally blue today so I just left it out & put food in blue cups instead rather than coloring something blue.  Boring, I know.

The coolest thing in the lunches is the bread which, admittedly, I did not make.  I have to give full credit and mad props to my baking envy of Astrid over at Lunch Fit For A Kid.  I have seen her amazing baking skills from breads to cakes and homemade rolls.  This girl can BAKE!  So I begged, and pleaded and bribed her to make me a loaf of her rainbow pan de mie.  Please click on the link here for her recipe for the Rainbow Pan de Mie.  She “veganized” it for me by using soy milk in place of the cow’s milk whey.  It was even more beautiful than I’d seen in her blogs, and my kids went nuts over it.  I even made vegan Easter french toast with it this past Sunday, and it was yummy!  I am not a great baker, and so I was extra grateful to have Astrid make something so special for my family.  Thanks again!

Here’s how our loaf turned out:

And this is Miss G’s lunch today.  From the bottom left up, she has strawberries, a mandarin orange, pineapple chunks and yellow pear tomatoes from our garden.  At the top left in the blue cup are sauteed broccoli & cauliflower, green pear tomatoes and kohlrabi slices in the middle for the purple.  I’m betting they won’t get eaten, but the rule in our house is that she has to at least TRY it.  At top right are three prunes surrounding some organic Lemon Snap spelt cookies that I found at Whole Foods.  And at the bottom right is her tulip sandwich on the rainbow bread filled with almond butter and jam all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A had her own version of a rainbow lunch today. This week is also the letter “U” so her tiny sandwich is a U.  From the top left clockwise, she has strawberries, half of a mandarin orange, at top right are leftover pieces of a Quorn brand meatless & soy free Vegan burger, her rainbow “U” almond butter & jam sandwich, dried cherries, kohlrabi, and pineapple and honeydew melon in the middle packed in her LunchBots Duo.

Lastly is my husband’s salad for lunch.  He is in on the rainbow theme too.  He has a spinach and baby greens salad.  On top are red bell peppers, orange heirloom tomatoes, yellow zucchini, spinach, raddichio, and kohlrabi on top packed in his LunchBots Uno.  Everyone in our family totes CamelBak bottles with filtered ice water throughout the day.

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

Yesterday my little one, Miss A, started her first 1/2 day at preschool.  She is a healthy eater, but she’s still only 18 months old.  I wanted to make sure to be realistic about the portions and include some of her favorite foods.  I also bought some new BPA free bento boxes for smaller portion sizes that I’m trying out.  I bought them at  http://www.Japanistic.com

The squirrel container had small heart and flower shaped PB & Js on sprouted wheat.  The heart container has mandarin oranges on the right and edamame and strawberries on the left.  Not included in the picture was a Lifeway flavored kefir pouch.

Big sis got her PJ & J on the same sprouted wheat bread with a triangle face (chocolate sprinkle face stuck on with Nutella) and a small man shaped sandwich.  On the left is a new treat that I found at Whole Foods.  A Clif Kid organic fruit twist, and in the bento box are mandarin oranges, strawberries and edamame on colorful flower & petal picks.


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