Healthy options to pack in your student’s school lunch box

Health

Kickstart your child’s brain this new school year with tasty healthy treats in the lunch box. 

Tired of sandwiches? 

Pack it with spring roll rice wraps says Holistic Health and Wellness Coach April Godfrey with Sweet Simple Delicious.

“Warm water just a few seconds. Nice and pliable.”   

Then pile on your student’s favorite veggies.

“I’m adding some avocados for those healthy omegas, and those healthy fats. Some carrots. Some cucumbers.”

Get them involved!  

“And I do find when my children are helping, they tend to eat it more readily because they’re excited that they were part of the process.” 

Fold in sides and roll up. Serve with a peanut sauce – or almond butter for that peanut free zone at school.

These green monster muffins are sure to go quickly.

“There’s flour, there’s spinach, there are carrots, there’s bananas, there’s flax seends.”  

Sweetened with natural sugars like maple syrup. Make a big batch – then pop them into the freezer.

“Take it out frozen, put in their lunch box, it’s ready to eat by the time they’re ready to eat it.” 

These chocolate freezer bites look decadent. 

But not with dates, chia seeds, maple syrup, and powder plant based chocolate protein.

“It’s sustainable energy, the date sugar is going to release slowly into their systems so they are not going to get that sugar high and then crash.  It’s all about feeding our brains, feed their bodies, feed their brains so slow release sugars are going to sustain them during the day.”  

Another potential favorite – this snack mix without nuts. 

A sweet – salty combo.

“It’s got corn nuts and sesame seeds, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and mini-chocolate chips.” 

When putting together a sandwich – 

“This one is an almond butter and some chia jam and this one is Nutella.” 

Shape it up with a cookie cutter.

Also- choose bread with at least three grams of fiber. 

All kinds of options that could have your kids filling up at lunch time with a smile.

April says always be sure to have fruit and veggies your student wants to eat when packing that school lunch box. 

Everything she shared will likely cost you under four dollars.  

Below is the recipe for the Green Monster Muffins: 

GREEN MONSTER MUFFINS

1 1/2 cups flour (I use a whole wheat/white mix but you can use your favorite flour)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt 

3 Tbsp ground flax seeds 

6 Tbsp water

1 banana

1 grated or shredded carrot

2 large handfuls of spinach

3/4 cup pure maple syrup

4 Tbsp vegan butter melted (I use Earth Balance brand)

1 tsp vanilla

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease muffins tins.
  • Mix ground flax seeds with the water and set to the side.
  • Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In your blender: blend together banana, spinach, grated carrot, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend well, until nice and smooth.
  • Pour blender full of green goodness into your flour mixture and mix well.
  • Add flax mixture and the melted vegan butter to the mixture. Mix until well blended
  • Fill the muffin tins 3/4 full. Either mini muffin tins or full size.
  • Bake for 14-17 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and the rrrrrroar! Enjoy!

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