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12 Easy School Lunches the Kids Will Actually Eat

EAT, lunches By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

We’re almost there – the home stretch towards summer. It’s the time of year where once-nutritious school lunches become cold pizza and granola bars seem like a good choice for breakfast as you rush the kids out of the house.

May is a great time to revisit the school lunch menu in order to ensure the munchkins finish their year off on a high note. Kids (2-12 years old) should be getting 2-4 servings of vegetables a day, while teens should get 7-8 servings a day to ensure they are getting adequate nutrients through their diet. Not only do we have 12 easy school lunch ideas for you, but another ‘treat’ you can add to their backpack. Adding a multivitamin to compensate for school lunch fatigue ensures that they get the nutrients they need – even when they ‘run out of time’ to eat.

Our family has been taking IronKids Gummies and Adult Essentials for three months, and we are all noticing a difference in energy. My nails are stronger and hair is growing fast. The gummies are gluten, dairy and nut-fee, and contain no sugar coating, nor artificial flavours or colours. Because they meet strict school allergy requirements, I’ve started sending them in school lunches, so even when the kids don’t finish their lunch, they get a mid-day energy boost.

But let’s try to end the year on a great note by coming up with a few easy school lunches they will actually devour (with the IronKids Gummy on the side to make you confident they’re getting all the nutrition they need!)

Fruit Kebabs1.  Fruit Kebabs With Yoghurt Dip
2. Quinoa Turkey Meatballs in a Thermos
3. Mini egg and green pea muffins
4. Apple, Chicken and Grape Kebabs
5. Grilled Broccoli and Cheese Panini
6. Cream Cheese, Pear and Honey on mini-bagels
7. DIY Beef and Bean Tacos
8. Chicken Drumsticks with Edamame
9. Brown Sugar Apples
10. Sushi
11. Moroccan Chicken Couscous
12.  Savoury Muffins

 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Life Science Nutritionals blogger program with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

EAT, lunches By August 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

School Lunch Ideas for Picky EatersI had a panic attack last week about the kids going back to school.  Our summer has been hot and full of learning.  Also a fair bit of goofing off.  And now I must think about fall clothes, proper shoes and (ugh)… school lunches.  Healthy school lunch ideas for picky eaters are hard to come by, so we’ve scoured our resources and assembled a comprehensive list for you.

Thermos Corn on the Cob

It includes store-bought snacks as well so you don’t have to make everything from scratch!

I did a few things this year to prep for back to school, and one was acquire sectioned Planet Boxes for each child.  The only issue now is filling them with healthy snacks and meals that the kids will actually eat.  At a local dollar store I found fun stickers and animals to add charm and smiles to lunchtime.  And of course picked up Funkins cloth napkins to remind the boys to take their manners to school.
Pesto Cream Cheese RollupsMake it Yourself:

1.  Pesto cream cheese pinwheels.
2.  Ham and Cheese sandwiches cut with a favourite shaped cookie cutter.
3.  Place a temporary tattoo on a banana.  Who could resist?
Hot Chicken Nuggets4.  Hot buttered corn on the cob in a thermos.

5.  String blueberries or grapes on fun toothpicks.
6.  Shaped chicken nuggets in a thermos.
7.  Mini Muffins
8.  Perogies in a thermos with a side of sour cream and cheese.
9.  Nestle a chocolate chip into the hole in a raspberry.
10.  Bake cut-up pita in fun shapes and send with hummus or tzatziki.

Prepackaged/Storebought:

Motts Fruitsations + Veggies1.  Mott’s Fruitsations + Veggies Medleys are packets of fruit gummies that have great nutritional benefits.  They are only 80 calories per packet and give 100% of vitamin C and 4% of daily vitamin A.  There are 9 in each pack and are flavoured with real fruit juice. We tried some and my kids were obsessed.  They kids think they are an appropriate dessert.  Win.
2.  Packaged seaweed snacks are a huge love in our household and are filled with antioxidants.  They come in wasabi, sesame, plain and sea salt and are available at most grocery stores as well as Costco.
Veggie Bagel3.  Leftover Sushi.  The cucumber, tuna and avocado are always a hit (the other kids will want it too).  Ensure that you place a freezer pack in the lunch bag to preserve freshness.
Mini Tuna Bagels4.  Vita Coco Kids is a great new brand of coconut water with flavour that will leave them completely hydrated.  We tried apple and fruit punch and it was a great product.
5.  President’s Choice is making new U.H.T. chocolate and white milk that does not need refrigeration.  They come in packs of three and include straws.
6.  Microwave popcorn is a great easy snack to prepare in the morning!
7.  Chocolate covered goji berries are a fabulous healthy addition to the lunch box.
8.  Last night’s leftover pasta with butter and shaved parmesan in a thermos is one of my last-minute tricks.
9.  Organic Rice Thins are healthy, filling and gluten-free.
Larabar10.  Larabar Apple Energy Bars are great for kids!

Be sure to visit the Life Made Delicious Facebook Page to enter a contest that could make back-to-school shopping much more affordable! They’ll have three $500 gift cards up for grabs until September 8th, 2013.

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Mott’s Fruitsations & Veggie fruit snacks Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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What is Safe During Pregnancy

What is Safe During Pregnancy?

FAM, pregnancy By August 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Many a newly pregnant woman has several panic attacks when she realizes that pregnancy means changing some habits.  What is safe during pregnancy?  Can I dye my hair? Eat Sushi? What about nail polish fumes and second hand smoke?  And the stress that all of these questions are causing. UrbanMommies has pulled together articles and advice from our medical experts to help you navigate the beautiful months while pregnant.  Breathe, relax, and remember that moderation and instinct should always remain in the equation.  As with anything, your doctor or midwife should be consulted if you are concerned about any issues you are having.

Jill Amery

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Is sushi safe while pregnant

Is Sushi Safe While Pregnant?

FAM, pregnancy By April 22, 2011 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Is Sushi Safe While Pregnant?

Sorry, my harajuku girls who love their sashimi, but you gotta lay the chopsticks down for a few months until that bun’s done in the oven.  (At least for some kinds of sushi, that is.)

Why isn’t sushi safe while pregnant?

According to OTIS (Organization for Teratology Information Services), raw fish can contain parasites and bacteria which a normal body can easily fight off but which a pregnant mom’s suppressed immune system might not be able to deal with. Also, some larger fish such as mackerel, salmon and tuna have high levels of mercury and other heavy metals, depending on where the fish was obtained (farmed fish have higher concentrations than wild-caught fish), which are very dangerous for a developing brain.

There could also be issues with cleanliness in the storing, preparation and service of raw foods. Although the chances of any of these issues troubling you in particular are extremely low, it’s always best to err on the side of caution when it’s not just your health on the line.

However, all is not lost, my little sushi addicts: a California roll is still perfectly safe, as are rolls made without fish or with cooked seafood. So enjoy what you can while you’re pregnant, and rest easy in the knowledge that you’re making the best decisions for you and your baby.  Many meat teryaki rolls, tempura and veggie rolls are available.  Swap the white for brown rice and you’re even better off.  The seaweed wraps are filled with anti-oxidents and goodness and there are plenty of non-raw choices in most restaurants.  So enjoy what you and and put the spicy tuna on your wishlist for the first post-birth feast!

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