Healthy Lunches

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. Natural Peanut butter or almond butter with honey on a plain rice cake or whole wheat tortilla. Cheese stick, veggie.
  5. Tuna salad with pickles, celery, pepper, 1 tsp mayo. nut thins, cheese and a whole fruit.
  6. 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

xoxo,

Anne Nicole

Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas

Makes: 12 tortillas

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Add the warm water and keep mixing until the dough is smooth, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Cut the dough into 12 pieces, roll each piece into a ball, and let them rest for 30 minutes, covered.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Eat fresh or wrap and freeze for later.
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One Comment Add yours

  1. Awesome attitude, and YAY love granola! Yum

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