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Healthy School Lunch Ideas With Smoothies

More Healthy School Lunch Ideas!

Funny quote

Kids can bring you so much joy, but can consume so much of your energy. My son, Little Dude, colored on the wall of our kitchen the other day, which is a first at our house. Later that day, he picked up dog poop and ran over to show me his treasure. Oh, the adventures! Someone posted this quote on Facebook at the perfect time. At least he didn’t shave our dog. On another note…Last night, Sweet cheeks requested salmon for her lunch. Hot dogs one day and salmon the next – I will take it! I find asking my kiddos what they want to eat the next day makes them excited to eat their healthy lunch.photo (26)

We also enjoy smoothies in our lunch. These silicone yogurt tubes are easy to clean and fit in the Ziploc tray above, or in a lunch box. We make a variety of smoothies. One of our favorite recipes is the Rejuvenating and Revitalizing Blueberry Smoothie. Try adding spinach to the smoothie for a veggie fix or adding peanut butter or almond butter for protein. My kids don’t even know when I add the spinach, and they love when I add the peanut or almond butter :) Follow the recipe and pour the smoothie into the silicone tubes. Place the tubes in the freezer. Remove the next morning and put the tubes in the lunch box. The smoothie is almost completely melted by lunch time. My kids like them when they are frozen, so we use these at breakfast time as well!

Enjoy!

Lou Lou

1 Corinthians 6:20

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

IMG_3382 My daughter started preschool this year and she loved it so much, we switched from two half days to two full days. Now, she gets to eat lunch in the cafeteria with the “big” kids. I found an awesome container, from 100 Days of Real Food, which allows me to pack healthy and fun meals. My sweet cheeks, as we call her, requested a hot dog and corn because that was the hot lunch option the other day. I used:

  • Applegate’s organic hot dogs
  • Buenatural’s no GMO tortilla’s
  • Corn from local farm
  • Organic rasberries
  • Kefir smoothie
  • And I added raw cashews because my daughter loves them
  • Ziploc Divided Container

Benefits of Raw Cashews:

  1. Contain Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and Phosphorus
  2. Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health, even in individuals with diabetes (1).
  3. Contain protein and amino acids

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Another favorite food around my house is lentil! I know, we are weird right?! Season lentils correctly though, and they are delicious! Kowalski’s has precooked and seasoned lentils that are non GMO if you are short on time, which we are as moms. There are not enough hours in the day my mama friends! Pictured above is my son’s lunch for Kid’s Day Out. He is 17 months already.

  • Seasoned lentil beans
  • Almond butter and jelly wrap
  • Kefir smoothie
  • Cucumber strips (from the garden) and Holy Land hummus
  • Organic Grapes
  • Ziploc Divided Container

Health benefits of lentils:

  1. Loaded with fiber, folate, iron, protein, and other vitamins and minerals
  2. A half cup of lentils provides around a third of your daily fiber requirements
  3. Help keep blood-sugar levels even

No school tomorrow, but watch for Thursday’s school lunch post :)

Resources:

  • 100 Days of Real Food
  • WHFoods.com
  • Harvard Medical School