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Trying new foods is my thing.  Of course, these days it includes crazy seeds, fruits and things I’ve never heard of since dropping meat & dairy from our family diet.

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Soy curls couscous and chia bento

I made my own version of vegan barbeque last night which means it becomes lunch the next day.  I found a product called Soy Curls made by Butler Foods.  You just soak them in warm water for 10 minutes and add the desired flavoring.  Once hydrated, I added these to a skillet with about 4 tablespoons of water, 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke and about 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and cooked over medium heat for about 10 minutes.  I add water a tablespoon at a time as necessary to keep it moist.  For this lunch I poured it over whole wheat Israeli couscous in her Easy Lunchboxes contianer.  In the top left compartment are local strawberries we picked this past week from Eden Farm.  The top right compartment has a chia seed pudding I made with almond milk.  Chia seeds are high in Omega 3 acids (more than salmon or flax seeds), calcium, potassium, fiber and protein.  Click here to read more about these amazing little seeds. Benefits of eating chia seeds

CHIA SEED PUDDING RECIPE

1 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons honey, stevia or agave nectar (depends on your preference)

Soak for 20-30 minutes until thickened like tapioca. Stir every 5 minutes to eliminate clumps out of mixture.  Pudding will thicken like tapioca.

I’ve also added cinnamon and raisins as a variation on this recipe.

Sabra & peace pretzel snack bento

For her afternoon snack, my 4 year old has a serving size of Sabra hummus, Laurel Hill brand peace pretzel chips, blueberries, strawberries and dried apricots packed in a LunchBots Uno stainless lunch container.

Happy Lunch Packing!

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I disappeared again for a bit, I know.  I had to leave town for a week or so, but I’m back again and back at the lunches too.  Our family is 30 days in today to our new vegan/plant-based diet.  It has taken a lot of new learning, information and recipes to get informed.  I still have plenty to learn, but we feel a lot healthier already.  The biggest change at home for the girls has been getting rid of cow’s milk.  After taste testing many alternatives, they decided that they like almond milk the best.  It has more calcium than cow’s milk and less calories which makes it an easy decision for the parents too.  One in every 6 children today in the U.S. is obese, and that does not include the children who are in the overweight category.  I am rededicating myself to make better choices for my family, and I hope that I can help to pass on the information to other families at the same time.

If you haven’t yet checked the brand of bread you buy, it’s an important thing to do for you and your family.  Make sure that the first ingredient has the word WHOLE followed by the grain.  If it says wheat, oat,  enriched, unbleached, etc. it is NOT a whole grain product and has been processed and refined first.   Many of the breads that I have found on sale at my local store ARE whole grain breads and affordable.  Just be sure to read the label before you buy.

The girls had heart themed sandwiches and fruits today.  Miss G had a heart shaped sandwich on whole wheat bread with almond butter and jam.  The heart on top of the sandwich is cut out of a piece of organic raspberry fruit leather.  Above the sandwich are 2 picks of blueberries, and to the bottom left of the sandwich is a “snow ball” cookie made of raw dates, almonds, raisins, walnuts and rolled in dried coconut.  On the left side from top to bottom are heart shaped strawberries, heart shaped apples and a kiwi sliced in a LunchBots stainless container.

Miss A had a smaller version of the same lunch.  She had a double heart sandwich on whole wheat bread with small raspberry fruit leather hearts on top.

In a separate container, she had leftover macaroni shells on the right and on the left were heart shaped strawberries and heart shaped kiwi slices.  Both girls had ice water with their lunches.

Miss G asked for a cow last night that looks like her Pillow Pet.  I used a kitchen glass to make 2 circles and then cut off the sides to make the shape for the face.  I used the scraps to make the horns, ears and eyes.  I used the heel of the bread for the nose and spot on its head.  I just punched some holes for the nostrils which can be done with a straw.  I used Nutella to stick on the nose, and the ears & horns are just wedged under the bread.  The edamame/soy beans are on decorative pics along with green grapes, a couple of carrots and Rainier cherries.  I’m including a picture of the Kefir pouches I send with her each day.  They are like a tart flavored yogurt which she likes, and it gets in her daily probiotics.


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