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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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kid friendly crab cakes

Kid Friendly Crab Cakes

EAT, lunches, snacks By August 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

If you’re used to picky eaters or chicken finger lovers, kid friendly crab cakes make a great healthy snack.  And it’s not necessary to catch the crabs and shell them like we did (for authenticity).  You can grab the cans.  You also have the option of frying or baking.  The baked version is of course healthier, but you could do a flash fry at the end using olive or grapeseed oil (which has a higher temperature threshold to prevent burning).  Served with veggies or a robust salad they make a great dinner as well.

Kid Friendly Crab Cakes Ingredients:

4 T. finely crushed whole grains (kamut, wheatgerm, wholewheat flour – whatever you have)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning/cocktail sauce
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
salt to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 pound fresh crabmeat, well drained
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs (try to use whole grains seasoned with just salt and pepper)
2 tablespoons butter
3T cut chives
6 T finely diced apple (optional) 

Method:

  1. Mix grains, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in crabmeat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a plate.
  4. Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with bread crumbs.
  5. Grease a cookie sheet and place in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Flip crabcakes at 10 minutes.
  6. Optional: flash fry for 30 seconds/side in a skillet before serving.

This kid friendly crab cakes recipe is also great for making shapes – the letters in the kids’ names, hearts, stars and geometric shapes.  Have fun! 

 

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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