Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

The Best Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

The kids going back to school means you will need plenty of creative lunch box ideas. Kids often love the same foods, but you can prepare them in different ways so things stay interesting and they don’t get bored. Additionally, it is a great way to get them to try new foods and ingredients because you can incorporate the new items into their favorite lunch meals.

When packing a lunch for your kids, it is great to add as many fruits and veggies as possible, give them protein and provide them with a treat. The great news is, their treats can be disguised as healthy…and they will never know! Let’s take a look at some of the best back to school lunch box ideas for kids.

Healthy Banana & Oatmeal Sponge Cookies

If you are looking for a perfect secretly healthy cookie, look no further than these. Your kids will never know these are good for them and they are sure to devour them. The cookies are only made with 6 ingredients, like oats, applesauce, and banana so you are likely to already have the ingredients on hand.

Snag the recipe here.

Lunch Box Fun-Due

If you are looking for a creative lunch idea, this fun-due is perfect. All you have to do is cute meats like ham and turkey into cubes, add some veggie sticks like carrots and celery, and include a treat like small cubes of angel food cake. Then, add the dipping sauces. You can use sauces like salsa, homemade cheese sauce, and pureed strawberries! This is defintely one of the coolest back to school lunch box ideas.

Recipe.

Hummus Pizza

For one of the healthiest back o school lunch box ideas, this is the way to go. This is an awesome extremely healthy and nutritious recipe that is great for older and more adventurous eaters. All you need is to take your kids favorite veggies, some simple hummus (plain or flavored), and even though the recipe does not call for it, you can add plenty of cheese.

Find this recipe here.

Mexican Style Lunch Box

If your kid has an inkling for Mexican food, this lunch box is perfect for them. Fill this box with a simple cheese quesadilla, salsa, guacamole, and tortilla chips. Add some fruit to the mix and pack a separate container of berries, apples, etc.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta Bowl

Get your kids to eat their greens! This pasta lunch box is filled with perfectly cooked pasta, healthy pesto, and super nutritious broccoli. Serve with oranges and other fruits or veggies and your kid will love you.

Check it out here.

Cheesy Chicken Meatball Sliders

Who doesn’t love a good slider? These mini meatball sandwiches are the perfect kid size. There is not anything for them not to love with melted mozzarella cheese, savory chicken, and tangy flavorful tomato sauce. They will please even the pickiest of eaters. They also travel quite well and do not need to be heated up as they are great at room temp.

Get the recipe here for one of the best back to school lunch box ideas.

Turkey and Bean Chili

The Best Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

Sometimes one of the best back to school lunch box ideas is a hot soup or stew, and this chili definitely makes the cut. It is filled with tons of protein from the ground turkey and healthy fiber from all of the beans.

Check out this hot recipe here.

Catch of the Day

The Best Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

This creative lunch box meal is perfect for the kids that love anything fish and water related. Make their favorite kind of sandwich and use a fish shaped cookie cutter to cut out the sandwich. Load the rest of their lunch box with goldfish crackers, fruit, and veggies with dipping sauce.

Muffin Meal

The Best Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

Something breakfast for lunch is a fun way to switch up your kids back to school lunch box ideas. Pack some homemade muffins, dry cereal, and their favorite fruits. Like with this idea, you can add some calcium to their meal and throw in a cheese stick or any cheese of choice.

Recipe idea is from here!

Tortilla Rolls

The Best Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

If your kid gets bored with traditional sandwiches, try these super fun tortilla rolls. All you need is a soft flour tortilla, lunch meats, cheese, and dressing to roll into a tortilla. Cut the roll, place in their lunch box, and then add some of their favorite snacks. Fruit, veggies, crackers, and cheese are always good choices.

Get the idea here. 

Healthy Snacks for kids

Snack Time!  Healthy Snacks for kids 

Is it just me, or do your kiddos ask for snacks on average at least once per hour? Often this is out of boredom, so gentle distraction or change of focus is all it takes to divert attention to something else. When genuine hunger strikes, don’t just reach for the animal crackers or cheerios. Fostering healthy eating habits starts from day 1, if you are offering up fresh vegetables, fruits and real food, kids will take notice and develop a taste for it. If there is always an alternative, in the form of allegedly “healthy” snacks like sugary yogurt or animal crackers, kids to will gravitate towards those.

Here’s an eye opening statistic according to the American Heart Association (AHA), by the age of 4, children on average, consume more than double the amount of recommended added sugar for their age. The next time you want to grab that vanilla or chocolate milk, or fruit yogurt cup, think twice, they have on average 18-24 grams of sugar, that’s as much as ice cream.

The AHA suggests that preschoolers should consume less than 3 teaspoons (or 12 grams) daily. Children ages 4-8 should consume no more than about 4 teaspoons a day (or 16 grams). As your child grows into pre-teen and teen years, and caloric range increases, the maximum amount of added sugar included in a daily diet should be approximately 5 teaspoons of added sugar (20 grams).

It’s no secret that most convenience snacks that allege to be healthy, are in fact NOT. Often they are loaded with sodium, sugar and other additives. Here are some alternatives for healthy and nutritious snacks to stack your cupboards with:

Healthy Snacks for kids Granola Bars – most bars have 16 grams of sugar or more, seek out bars will 5 grams of sugar or less – Health Warrior Chia Bars, Trader Joe’s Nut Bars, Kind Bars, Mini Perfect Bars

 

 

Cereal – most have 10-16 grams of sugar per serving – seek out options with less than 5 grams per serving – Kashi original, Bear Naked Granola and Ezekiel are all great options

Healthy Snacks for kids Yogurt, milk and dairy drinks – most have 16 grams of sugar or more, seek out unsweetened, NATURAL, sodium free and full fat probiotic dairy products, lactose found in dairy, is already a naturally occurring sugar

 

Healthy Snacks for kids

Chips & Vegetable Chips – these tend to be full of sodium and hydrogenated oil with little to no nutritional value whatsoever – opt for air popped popcorn, or baked crackers with bean, other grains (barley, quinoa, spelt etc) nuts and seed eg. Luke’s Organic Been and Seed Crackers

Cookies & Sweets – instead, offer up dried or freeze dried fruit – figs, apricots and dates are all loaded with natural sugar and satisfy a sweet tooth, freeze dried berries are also super crunchy, sweet and tart, all great options with zero added sugar, fat and butter, found in most cookies


Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
– now that the weather is warming up, the daily sounds of the ice cream truck and strategic placement of Italian ice stands EVERYWHERE can prove very difficult to distract attention from. Try to opt for natural cooling unsweetened lemonade with fresh fruit (often found in our local Farmer’s Markets), caffeine free iced teas (berry, citrus and passion fruit iced teas are all naturally sweet), or DIY popsicles made from crushed fruit

When kids do indulge in sweet sugary treats, which they SHOULD, just be conscious of it and balance the rest of the food for the day with healthier options offering up loads of vegetables and lean proteins. Moderation is key!

About the Author

ErinRose Baldry is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, fitness instructor and food and nutrition specialist. She is passionate about exercise, cooking and sharing her knowledge to help and inspire others. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback about nutrition, recipes, or getting your fitness on, please reach out!

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Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies 

These brownies not only deliver a truly delicious dark chocolate punch, they are also sugar, guilt and virtually FAT free! I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about baking brownies with avocado, but it really works well. Avocados have a smooth texture with a very bland neutral flavor that lend themselves ideally to dark chocolate. You cannot taste avocado, all you taste is dark chocolate. Also, as there is no sugar, gluten or dairy so as a result, they are lighter than air, making it very easy to eat A LOT without guilt.

Lunch Ideas for Kids Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados
  • 1/2 cup apple nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup melted unsweetened bitter dark chocolate melted with 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions: Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor combine avocado, apple nectar, eggs, and extracts
  3. Add above ingredients into bowl with melted chocolate. Stir to combine.
  4. Add in coconut flour, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking soda and stir until well-combined.
  5. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with coconut oil and add batter and sprinkle coconut flakes on top.
  6. Place in oven to bake for approximately 30 minutes (slightly less for fudgier brownies or slightly longer for more cake-like brownies).
  7. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into approximately 16 brownies.

These will keep in an airtight container at room-temperature for up to 2 days or for a longer shelf-life store in the fridge or freezer.

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies 

Lunch Ideas for Kids Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

You may find yourself hard pressed to find truly VEGAN restaurants in Jersey City as there are only some limited options available. This is a go-to guide laying it out plain and simple, where to go, what to get and whether to bring the kids.

http://www.subiasorganiccafe.comSubia’s 

506 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

This Van Vorst neighborhood staple has been around for over ten years with great success. It is the only TRUE vegan restaurant and pure vegan kitchen in Jersey City. The sister duo team that own the place are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and they will navigate you through any vegan question you have. The menu is comprehensive and there is something for everybody. Even my carnivore meat eating husband was impressed by the vegan rib sandwich. Subia’s also has an amazing dessert selection as well as a thorough juice list for those seeking something on the lighter side – the beet & spirulina combo is a real winner. I would recommend this café style restaurant for anybody seeking a delicious, filling, nutritious comfort food style meal. The home style, casual atmosphere and food make you feel truly welcome the second you sit down to read the menu, ideal for the entire family.

Kid Friendly 5/5

Stroller Friendly 5/5

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5

Pet Shop 

193 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

This relative newbie is a kitschy, fun, trendy local watering hole offering strictly vegetarian food. There are vegan options on the menu as well. Sundays they offer half off glasses on open wine bottles, get there early to avoid disappointment and to score a great bargain on some really delicious wines. The bar staff are extremely knowledgeable on pairing wine and drinks with the food menu. The kitchen offers up fun, modern and diverse fare. The Buffalo Cauliflower starter is a must and the Chili is sure to fill even the hardiest of bellies.

Kid Friendly 3/5   (during brunch hours you will have best luck with strollers and young kids)

Stroller Friendly 3/5

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5   (grilled cheese, soups and chili will all please the younger crowd)

Tea NJ

262 Newark Ave, Jersey City

This café is not strictly vegetarian. However, the menu is helpfully divided into vegan/vegetarian and carnivore sections. Largely a brunch/lunch establishment and café, so plan to wait a bit if you come on the weekend. Tea and coffee connoisseurs will love this place, the tea options are extensive – there are over 30 varieties of tea including traditional and more modern chai and bubble tea. My personal favorite has to be the dirty chai – this is ideal for caffeine lovers of all types – a tea and espresso concoction that will give you a caffeine buzz for hours. The menu offers fresh classic salads, wraps, sandwiches and all day breakfasts.

Kid Friendly 5/5   

Stroller Friendly 3/5 (small and limited space available)

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5   

Tidal Poke 

34 Exchange Pl, Jersey City

Also a relative newbie and always super busy during lunch, a testament to the popularity and success of the only true Poke “POH-keh” and Acai place in town. The menu offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. For Poke and Acai bowl virgins, here’s a quick low down – Poke is an old Hawaiian dish that’s a relatively new phenomenon to non-Hawaiian cities. It is a combination of fresh cubed raw fish, seasoned and served on a bed of vegetables and a base of typically rice or noodles, served cold, think of like a sushi salad of sorts. Poke is delicious and very healthy. Tidal Poke offers vegan and vegetarian Poke bowls. Acai Bowls are equally healthy, light and refreshing and are comprised of fruit and added crunchy goodies – basically thick smoothies topped with granola and fruit, then wolfed down with a spoon.

Kid Friendly 5/5   

Stroller Friendly 5/5

Kid Friendly Foods 3/5   (kids will love fruity, cold Acai Bowls, Poke Bowls may not appeal to all kids)

*Other top notch Jersey City restaurants with vegan dishes on the menu:

Third and Vine

Porta

Kitchen Step

Orale

Koro Koro

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

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Spring Break Snacks: Lunch Ideas for Kids

Spring Break Snacks: Lunch Ideas for Kids

Your kids have either already been on Spring Break this week, or they are about it be. Here are some fun snacks to make with them while they are home over the next few days. Adapt and modify them to fit in with your families’ tastes. These snacks are very versatile, healthy and super easy. They also work great for lunchbox ideas, pack well for picnics, days out and road trips. Happy snacking!

Flower Power Fruit Cocktail Sticks

Cut little rounds of melon for petals and small circles for center, place on cocktail sticks along with grapes to resemble flowers. There are super cute for play dates or for a lunchbox surprise.

 

Cheesy Butterflies

Place open string cheese in center of the plate, adorn either side with berries to resemble the shape of butterfly wings, use pieces of carrot for antennas and eyes.

 

 

1 string cheese

Handful of blueberries

3-4 strawberries

Couple slices of carrot rounds

Cookie Cutter Sandwiches

Simply make your favorite sandwich and use fun cookie cutters to shape it, serve along-side fresh fruit and vegetables for a healthy, colorful lunch.

Bunny Bite Carrot Snacks


These carrot cake inspired mini bites are truly delicious and addictive. Not only are the scrumptious and naturally sweet (no added sugar!), they are packed full of nutrients and vitamins from the almonds, carrots, flax and chia.

Makes about 20 bites

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut nectar syrup
1/4 chopped almonds
1/4 cup raisins
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Tiny pinch of each – nutmeg, ginger and allspice

Spring Break Snacks: Lunch Ideas for KidsCombine shredded carrots, almonds, raisins, flaxseed, and spices in a bowl and stir to combine. Add almond butter and syrup to the bowl and stir again until evenly combined. Place mixture in refrigerator for at least one hour. Shape mixture into one-inch bites and keep stored chilled in the refrigerator.

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Spring Season

Nature’s April Fool’s joke this year surely has to be the horrid, blustery, wintery weather we are experiencing. The results from Groundhog Day have proven to be accurate… at least 6 more painful weeks of winter. In theory we should start to feel the warmth of spring air NOW though! With Easter right around the corner, these seasonal snack ideas will bring a smile to your kids’ faces and remind us that spring IS indeed coming.

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Coconut Macaroon Baskets
These mini Easter egg baskets are seriously adorable, plus they are sugar free. Coconut is extremely high in fiber, electrolytes and magnesium and low carb. It offers a much healthier alternative to a conventional cookie that is both high in sugar and carbohydrates with little to no fiber, protein or other nutrients/vitamins.

Ingredients:

4 egg whites whisked into stiff peaks

1/4 tsp. salt

½ cup coconut nectar

3 cups coconut flakes, unsweetened, shredded

1/4 cup coconut butter, melted

Mix all ingredients (excluding whisked eggs) until combined, slowly fold mixture into fluffed egg white mixture. Spoon out with cookie cutter into mini muffin tin, gently press a dent in the middle with your thumb. Bake for approximately 10 minutes in a 350*F preheated oven until the mini coconut shells turn a light golden brown. Promptly remove from heat and place baked coconut baskets on a cooling rack. Fill with little goodies. Fill them with tiny dark chocolate pieces along with other healthier treats such as a combination of nuts, seeds, that way it’s still relatively healthy and you don’t have to worry about too much sugar.

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Devilled Eggs Chicks 
Lunch Ideas for KidsThese are adorable and SUPER HEALTHY to include as part of a lunch-box or after school snack. Eggs are naturally high is the “good fats” that facilitate brain functionality, good cholesterol and digestion. They are also pure protein.

Ingredients:

12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

1 tbsp. mustard

1 tbsp. jarred pickle juice

1 tbsp. horseradish

12 black olive slices cut into tiny pieces (for eyes)

12 thinly sliced carrot rounds cut in quarters (for beaks)

Pinch salt and black pepper

Horizontally slice through top third of eggs (reserve cooked yolk in top third) and carefully remove yolk from bottom 2/3 of each egg, placing yolks in a bowl. Mix yolks with remaining ingredients (excluding carrots and olives). Place in zip-lock bag and cut tiny hole in bottom corner to pipe yolk mixture back into bottom 2/3 of egg whites. Add “beak” and “eyes” to each chick egg.’

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Spring Trail Mix

Yogurt covered raisins are by no means a health food, it’s more suitably placed as a candy. However, when combined with almonds and seeds, you can transform an otherwise sugary candy-like product into something more balanced that offers more sustained energy. Natural almonds are my top choice as they are high in good fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E.

Ingredients:

1 bag Sun-Maid Yogurt Raisins Mini-Snacks

2 cups bunny-shaped cheddar crackers

2 cups almonds

3/4 cup lightly-salted dry-roasted peanuts

½ cup each sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Healthy food and Salads for Kids


Engaging kids in healthy food and salads that they will actually eat

Getting children to eat their greens (and other vegetables) often proves extremely challenging. This is one of the most frequent complaints parents have when speaking with me about nutrition. As with all new foods, eventually the palate adapts and matures, but the process to get there is all too often cumbersome and frustrating. The biggest downfall in developing and interest in AND taste for healthy food is making separate “kid food” meals with no healthy options in site. Not only is this way too time consuming, children will also become dependent on, and used to always getting what they want. Healthy eating should be a fun and engaging family affair.

One of my favorite things is to offer ‘deconstructed dinners’ – eg tacos, pasta, salads…. the opportunities are endless, with a small selection of options to add to it. Always offer a safe option of something your child enjoys to eat on the dinner table and always have vegetables on offer (goal: a healthy balanced meal should consist of at least 50% vegetables). Also, don’t fork out all of what they like in one go, offer a little bit of what they like (say, pasta), and indicate that they can have MORE pasta, once they add some vegetables/protein of their choice to their plate and eat it. If you want your kid to have a healthy relationship with food, give them permission to decide what to eat. Stressing over food with every meal will make all parties at the table unhappy.

EXPOSURE is paramount, have the less popular options frequently available on the table, and you would be surprised with how successful repetition can be to piquing interest. Kids are inherently curious, allow them to try new foods in their own time.

Preparation, options, and the way in which foods are presented also makes a huge difference. Perhaps shredded verses sliced, par boiled or sautéed verses raw (especially hardier greens like broccoli and kale), finely chopped verses large …. Every person is unique, ultimately it’s a matter of trial and error, but hang in there, eventually certain combinations of texture, taste and look will work, you WILL crack that healthy eating code.

Here are some of my top picks for salads that have positive kid feedback:

Shredded Carrot and Beet Salad with Lemon Poppy Dressing

Healthy food and Salads for KidsShred raw carrots and beets, mix with raisins, finely chopped parsley and mixed nuts and seeds

Dressing – combine extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and zest, dollop of natural yogurt, pinch salt and pepper and poppy seeds, mix well in jar and drizzle on top

 Greek Pasta Salad

Healthy food and Salads for Kids
Cooked whole wheat fusilli or penne, chopped cherry tomatoes and cucumber, crumbled feta, diced olives, sautéed red onion (everybody in my family dislikes raw)

Dressing – combine extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, dried oregano, parsley and dill, pinch salt and pepper

Bean Salad

Cooked beans, fire grilled corn kernels (I get bags of this frozen), minced and sautéed bell peppers, onion and garlic, fresh cilantro, roughly chopped spinach leaves

Dressing – combine extra virgin olive oil, fresh mild Mexican salsa, lime juice, pinch smoked paprika, cumin and coriander

Savory Quinoa Fruit Salad

Cooked quinoa topped with chopped mango, blueberries, toasted pecans, grilled haloumi (or grilled Mexican grilling cheese)

Dressing – combine extra virgin olive oil, orange juice and zest, pinch salt and pepper

Healthy food and Salads for Kids

Healthy food and Salads for Kids

 

 

 

 

About the Writer:

ErinRose Baldry is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, fitness instructor and food and nutrition specialist. She is passionate about exercise, cooking and sharing her knowledge to help and inspire others. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback about nutrition, recipes, or getting your fitness on, please reach out!

[email protected]  Facebook/Instagram @ZellyBFitness

Chocolate Bread : Lunch Ideas for kids

Chocolate Bread : Lunch Ideas for kids

This will quickly become a lunchbox favorite for your kiddos. The texture is light, airy, spongy, chocolatey & not the least bit dry. Also, as it’s not very sweet, it lends itself well to toasting as an oh so good and guilt free treat. After 4 days it still tastes fresh, so it will last the week, that is if it is not polished off in the mean time!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 cup natural plain unsweetened almond milk yogurt (or regular plain yogurt)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk)
2 eggs lightly whisked
1/2 cup vegetarian all natural protein powder
1/2 cup chickpea flour
1 tsp vanilla bean powder or pure extract
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup tahini or other seed butter
1/2 low sugar chocolate hazelnut spread*
1/2 dark chocolate mini chips
1/4 cup apple nectar or coconut nectar
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
*I like Nutiva organic hazelnut spread with flax which has about 40% less sugar than most
Method:
Pre-heat oven to 350*F
Mix together dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl whisk together wet ingredients (reserving chocolate chips and coconut sugar to the side until the end).
Add dry ingredients to wet, if batter still feels a bit tight or dry, just add a bit more milk.
Stir in most of the chocolate chips. Place batter in parchment lined loaf tin. Sprinkle top with remaining chocolate chips and coconut sugar. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 45min until tester comes out dry. Let cool in tin for about 10 min before taking out to cool on cooking wrack.
This loaf is best once it’s had a chance to rest and cool for a good hour. Chickpea flour tends to need that bit extra time.
Chocolate Bread : Lunch Ideas for kids
Lunch Ideas for kids

BLUNCH aka Brunch for Lunch

Lunch Ideas For Kids

BLUNCH aka Brunch for Lunch 

BRUNCH dishes are widely loved by kids and adults alike. Often more substantial than breakfast, with sweet treats too, what’s NOT to like? This lunchbox addition, it’s all about BLUNCH – or BRUNCH for your kiddo’s lunch. Here are my top pics for a BLUNCH BOX, serve each of these alongside some fresh vegetables and fruit for an overall balanced, wholesome, healthy & kid approved meal.

  • Lunch Ideas For KidsBBQ Chicken and Mini Waffles

3-4 lightly toasted mini waffles*

1 tablespoon mild BBQ Sauce spread on waffles

½ cup cooked chicken pieces on top

*My favorite is Earth’s Best Organic Mini Waffles – they are very low in sugar and enriched with protein and fiber

  • Mini Fruit Pizza 

3 lightly toasted mini pancakes *

1 tablespoon cream cheese spread on pancakes

Mixed fruit on top

*My favorite is

  • Lunch Ideas For KidsHuevos Rancheros 

Scrambled egg

1 tablespoon mild salsa

1 tablespoon cooked black beans

1 teaspoon shredded cheddar cheese

1/8 avocado sliced topped with squeeze of lime juice to keep fresh and green

Healthy pita pocket filled with above, or serve open faced on top of pita or wrap*

*My favorite is Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita, 9 carbs per pita (about half the carbs of most) and 7g fiber to keep you fuller for longer

HEALTHY YUMMY BUFFINS :Lunch Ideas for kids

Lunch Ideas for kids:

HEALTHY YUMMY BUFFINS

Buffins because they are enriched with protein sources like flax and hemp seeds – not only do these babies taste amazing but they are filling, nutritious and full of complex nutrients and hunger curbing ingredients to keep you going for a while. When making baked goodies, I am constantly on the hunt for fun, inventive recipes that not only deliver on flavor, but nutrition as well. This recipe really delivers on both fronts. Baking is also a great way to get the kids in the kitchen engaged in cooking and learning/counting. Don’t worry about the mess, embrace it as a fun activity and have them help clean up also as a bargaining tool to have their BUFFIN and eat it too!

There is something so fun and satisfying about pealing the muffin wrapper away to reveal a scrumptious warm baked treat. Don’t be deceived however, many so-called “healthy” muffins are a vehicle disguising several unwanted and unhealthy ingredients. Generally, as a rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce the ingredient or don’t have a clue what it is, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

This recipe is extremely versatile, simple and HEALTHY, containing REAL ingredients only. It works incredibly well in loaves, mini muffins and regular muffins alike – depending on what you are in the mood for. Mini buffins are so fun and cute, perfect for a lunch-box treat, while regular sized muffins work really great as a breakfast. Added bonus, when stored properly they can easily freeze for 2-3 months so you can defrost one the night before, pop in in the toaster the morning of, and have a fresh, warm buffin for breakfast in mere minutes. You have loads of flexibility to adapt the recipe depending on your mood – lemon & poppy, apple cinnamon, banana nut… the base recipe works with a myriad of Buffin types.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ¼ tsp each chia seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup coconut nectar
  • 1/3 cup sugar free almond milk
  • 4 eggs whisked
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder or extract

Makes about 12-14 regular sized muffins, or 24-28 mini muffins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients in separate bowl
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl, and stir to combine with spatula
  5. Let batter set for a few minutes, then stir it again
  6. Use muffin liners and fill each cup ¾ the way up with batter
  7. Bake for approx 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted is dry and clean
  8. Let cool on cooling rack for approx. min. 10 minutes
  9. Serve and devour ☺

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Lunch Ideas for kids