Kids Lunch Box
You all know that we are a plant based family. But since my side of the family and Bryant's side of the family isn't, they still manage to still eat non plant based food. And not to mention, Bryant still eat out, but inside the house I don't keep anything non vegan.
I can't control outside factors, and you have to pick your battles...haha. Anyway, since they didn't start off plant based when they were babies they don't mind eating other stuff, so I try to make sure I keep good stuff in their lunch box so they will not ask a friend for their items, and so they don't feel deprived.
If you all remember I homeschooled my youngest 2 (Carter and Carrington) for 2 years. We just put them back in this year. I got a little busy and my attention was taken away from them. Homeschool is not easy, it is very time consuming, especially when you want to do it right. And when your schedule starts to fill up, sometimes you just can't do it all. I just couldn't keep up, and so I knew putting them back in was the best thing at this point in my life. And so plant based/ healthy / fast lunch ideas had to start flowing in my mind
I am not sure if you all need some lunch ideas or healthier options, but here is an option that is very fast and simple. As I change up their lunch I will continue to share what I do. But for now, this is what they are loving, Taco wraps!
They like taco wraps, and so we have taco Tuesday every week, and I save the leftovers and make it for their lunch. I put lentils, brown rice, peppers and seasoning for the taco mixture and then top it with lettuce and tomato, and roll it up. Carri likes guac in hers, and so I make sure to put that on hers. Lentils is one of the most nutritious out of all the legumes.
I normally make my wraps for tacos but I don't have that time to prepare them for their lunch. It is just too much on me, I am not trying to be superwoman and so I buy some. This time I bought Missions, last minute purchase. They didn't like the original healthy option ones I bought from Better Health. And so I bought the Missions because they surprisingly didn't have a lot of junk in them, they use unbleached flour which is a plus and the ingredient list is short. I bought these last minute, and I will probably buy some healthier ones from Whole Foods once these run out. 20 came in a pack, and so I will use them up.
Carter likes Carrots in his lunch, and so I make sure I put those in there. And I don't put much in Carri's lunch because she swear she doesn't have time to eat (she is busy running her mouth during lunch) I give her only Fruit; she likes peaches, strawberries or nectarines and a taco, and then 2 snacks. Carter only likes apples for his fruit.
Aside from the lunch, I found some great snacks from Whole Foods to put in their. Their teachers want them to have snacks and again, since I cannot always make their snacks I found some really good ones. (picture is below)
I don't like anything packaged, when they were homeschooled it was easier for me to make everything from scratch, but since time is of the essence these days I have to be flexible. I read the labels and make sure they are the healthier choices. And I roll with it.
This is what's in their lunch box, hopefully this helps you.
P.S You all see I didn't mention my oldest. He is in 6th grade this year, I didn't homeschool him at all. He was too acclimated when I started and so he stayed in. And now this year he wanted to go live with his dad. But I'll get into that in another blog.