Thursday, September 20, 2012
My major resource in this effort was 100 Days of Real Food, which not only provided me with the encouragement to make the changes, but also provided many of the ideas, which is where I always struggle. I found that for items that I could not make from scratch or simply don't have the time to make from scratch that I could almost always find healthier options, especially at stores like Trader Joes (my favorite) and Whole Foods.
I used these divided Ziploc containers which fit perfectly into their Land's End lunchboxes, but can also be squeezed tightly into a normal brown paper lunchbag. We also decided not to use plastic utensils anymore, so we got this inexpensive silverware set for their lunches. It's nice enough to use over and over, but cheap enough that if they lose a piece that it's not the end of the world.
Stay tuned for more ideas on how to make simple changes to improve your family's diet!
Here's a glimpse at some of our lunches this year:
Homemade pizza lunchable. Whole grain mini pizza crust was below the baggies of cheese and pepperoni. Sauce was packaged in a small container on the side. Also included was apple slices and homemade fruit leather.
Thai chicken pasta, homemade fruit roll-up, cupcake from the freezer, grapes. I included an ice pack with their lunch this day.
Makeover chicken crescents (pulled straight out of the freezer), homemade fruit leather, baked potato chips, grapes and kiwi.
homemade fruit leather.
Whole grain cheddar cheese pancakes with cream cheese and peach preserves, baked potato chips, carrot sticks, and sunflower butter* for dipping.
NEW LUNCHES ADDED 11/7/12
homemade fruit leather roll-up, hard-boiled egg, apple slices (dipped in orange juice to keep from browning).
oatmeal dinner rolls and cheese, grapes, pretzel bites, and homemade fruit leather.
Another note: My kids range in age from 7-17 and the amount you see here is meant for my older elementary school aged kids (4th and 6th grades). My younger daughter gets slightly less and my high school aged kids get a little more.