Today i am going to rise above my doubts and conquer my goals. Today is going to be a great day. I am on track, got in a great hike/ruun last night and packed a perfect lunch!
Speaking of lunch, It is that time where all the kids are going back to school and needing a lunch everyday. As for me, I highly reccommend packing your students lunch. School lunch does not cut it! I do not consider pizza, nachos, burgers and chicken nuggets healthy for my child to eat on a daily basis. I am also not a fan of all the added sugars, preservatives and artificial ingredients that go into the above mentioned items. Packing your child lunch is a great alternative to school lunch. In the long run, packing their lunch with healthy food will save you money. I also suggest buying a good ice pack to put in their lunch to ensure food safety and it is nice for adding frozen snacks!
Here are my go to lunches for kids!
- Turkey or chicken wrap (whole wheat, hydrogenated oil free wrap), Add veggies to the wrap, mustard & spices if yoru child likes it, one fruit whole serving (NOT gummies, packaged fruit leather or fruit juice), ONe serving whole veggies (carrot sticks, celery), Cheese stick.
- Dinner leftovers! I am a big fan of using what we have to make new meals. I like to make lunches with leftover roast (sandwiches, wraps etc.) add fruit, veggies and cheese
- Nut thins (any flavor), Cheese, Chicken. Make little cracker sandwiches for the kids. You can use a cookie cutter to cut the cheese to make it more fun! Add a whole fruit and veggie!
- Natural Peanut butter or almond butter with honey on a plain rice cake or whole wheat tortilla. Cheese stick, veggie.
- Tuna salad with pickles, celery, pepper, 1 tsp mayo. nut thins, cheese and a whole fruit.
- HOmemade granola (NSA), 1 cup almond milk, popcorn, veggie.
Some other great snacks can be homemade fruit leather, plain greek yogurt with honey & nuts or berries, home popped popcorn,Marys gone crackers, turkey & cheese roll-ups.
For the sweet tooth, I put in one Granola bite (ball of oats, Natural organic PB, Honey, dark organic Choc. chips), Dried blueberries (NSA), Larbar, Frozen Grapes, Frozen bananas with PB.
To finish off a lunch, I add one big water bottle! If your child is not allowed to have a water bottle in their classroom, I highly suggest writing a note to the teacher and most times they will let them carry one.
It is important to get all the food groups into your childs lunch. I strive to get atleast one dairy, one fruit, one veggie and one meat or egg along with plenty of water!
I am strong. I am capable. I am powerful. I am beautiful
Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas
Makes: 12 tortillas
- 2 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (can also be a GF flour mix)
- 1/2 cup canola or other neutral oil – (i suggest going 1/4 c. applesauce and 1/4 cup olive oil)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
- In your stand mixer bowl (or any other large bowl), mix the flour, oil, and salt together until the oil is mixed into the flour and the mixture is crumbly.
- Add the warm water and keep mixing until the dough is smooth, about 4-5 minutes.
- Cut the dough into 12 pieces, roll each piece into a ball, and let them rest for 30 minutes, covered.
- Put a skillet over medium – high heat and let it warm up for 5-7 minutes before adding your first tortilla. The pan needs to be hot to brown the tortilla and cook it quick.
- Once the skillet is hot, roll or pat out one round of dough on a floured counter or cutting board until it’s the size you want.
- Drop the tortilla into the hot pan and let it cook, 2-4 minutes, until the top side starts to puff and the under is golden. Flip over and cook for another minute. Repeat with the rest of your tortillas.
- Eat fresh or wrap and freeze for later.