September can be an exciting and sometimes stressful time for families as many prepare for back to school. With all of the hustle and bustle of back to school shopping I thought I might be able to help lighten the load from your to-do list by reaching out to the Love-Fed community to create a list of lunchbox ideas that everyone in your household is sure to benefit from.
In California most schools don’t allow nuts to be packed in kids lunch boxes due to allergies, so you will see a list of suggestions and may have to tailor these ideas to fit your schools unique lunchbox rules. Luckily, there are a variety of seed and coconut butters out there to still be able to pack everyones beloved pb & j sandwich from time to time.
My tried and true homemade lunchbox recipes:Fresh Spring Rolls
1 red bell pepper
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup mint leaves
1/4 lb green curly lettuce
- Slice zucchini longways on mandoline very thin. Cut carrots, cucumber, avocado and red bell pepper into match sticksFill roll with carrots, cucumber, purple cabbage, avocado, Bean sprouts,red bell pepper,mint leaves and curly green lettuce
- Place zuchinni on cutting Board and fill with vegetables roll carefully.
- Serve with tamari or nama shoyu for dipping
Homemade Miso Ramen Bowls
1 tbsp miso paste
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp garlic chili paste (optional)
2 small shitake mushrooms
1/4 cup corn
3 green onion stems
1/4 cup bean sprouts
1 tbsp wakame
1 1/4 cup kelp noodles
- Place miso paste in a bowl add hot water and stir.
- Add remaining ingredients and enjoy!
1 cup dairy free milk
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cacao powder (optional)
2 tbsp nut or seed butter
- Blend all ingredients together and chill for aprox 1-2 hours and then serve.
- Garnish with fresh fruit, seeds and cacao nibs.
1 large ripe avocado
1 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1/8 cup water
1 pinch of vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender until the consistency is very creamy.
- Pour pudding into bowl and garnish with bananas, berries, seeds, coconut and or cacao nibs.
1 yellow squash
a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of sea salt
black pepper to taste
1 cup peas
- Using a julienne peeler peel the carrot, zucchini and squash into thin spaghetti like strips.
- Toss the strips in a bowl with the remaining ingredients and serve.
(Earlier this year I had the pleasure of teaching and feeding over 500 kids my easy peasy spaghetti recipe. Kids from K- 5th grade greatly enjoyed the spaghetti and were excited to go home to make it for their parents).
3 medium portabellos
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Pinch of sea salt
4 sundried tomatoes
1tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 pinch red pepper flakes
- Tear the mushrooms, remove stems and place them in the food processor with all ingredients and pulse lightly until all is mixed together.
- Form mixture into a patty by using your hands or a mold.
- Serve with butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, avocado, onion and lemon pepper seasoning or black pepper and sea salt.
SUGGESTIONS FROM THE LOVE-FED COMMUNITY VIA FACEBOOK:
- Ruth Haller Seaweed snacks, edamame, veggie sushi, veggies and hummus, rice cakes with almond butter and/or jelly, pasta salads (made vegan and/or gluten free), lettuce wraps (endless possibilities) , fruit or veggie kabobs, and chia puddings are y favorites to pack for kids (or my!) lunches
- Wanda Dragomirescu Freshly made apple sauce! Dried apricots n strawberries year round snack, no need for refrigeration
- Lulu Stewart Almond butter on organic celery with sliced dates or cranberry’s could be yummy.
- Robert Moondragon the survey says …… peanut butter and jelly !!!!!! ding ding ding !!!!!!!
- Dee Lake a few ideas.. apple slices with almond butter, honey and dates make a nice caramel apple snack – Ezekiel cinnamon raisin sprouted flour-less bread with natural peanut butter and jelly – celery and peanut butter sticks – egg salad sandwich made with celery and veganize mayo on Ezekiel mixed grain sprouted bread – nuts and fruit trail mix – fresh fruit – baked sweet potato fries made with coconut oil and sea salt) – chocolate milk made with rice milk or almond milk, raw cocoa powder, sweetened with coconut sugar – air popped pop corn with coconut oil and sea salt (or add dried apple pieces, coconut sugar and pecans) -fruit coconut/almond yogurt – sandwich wraps with flour-less Ezekiel tortillas.
***** Final Thoughts and Suggestions: I believe that you can’t go wrong with homemade goodies made with love. So have fun in the kitchen get your kids involved in the process and have a blast sharing in all of the adventures that lie ahead with a nourished mind, body and spirit!
- kale chips (recipe here)
- lettuce wraps
- fruit/veggie kabobs
My favorite store-bought snacks that can be found at Whole Foods Markets or online:
Please share this post/these recipes with your friends, school teachers, principals, family and community. Together we can ensure that food full of life gets into the hands and tummies of our precious bright future!
PLEASE leave a comment below if you plan to try any of my tried and kid approved recipes?
Also, please share with us any suggestions that you have for healthful lunchbox options?
THANK YOU LOVE-FED FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR YOUR COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS AND FOR INSPIRING ME TO PUT TOGETHER THIS COLLECTION OF MY MOST FAVORITE LUNCH RECIPES. XXXO