Whether the bread you eat is gluten-free, vegan or otherwise, baked flour can be really hard on our bodies. The process of baking is drying and hardening and it can do the same thing to our bodies. This is especially true if the bread is toasted.
I hope you are enjoying this wonderful New Year so far. Here are a few more ideas from Lena’s Lunchbox. .
- Pressure Cooked Brown Rice with pan toasted pumpkin seeds
- Savory Baked Tempeh
- Oil sautéed carrot matchsticks
- green peas in pod
A lot of people ask me what I give children for snacks. My answer may take a bit of re-conceptualizing about what a snack really is.
I actually don’t even like using the word snack. In my mind, every time a child eats, it should be thought of as a meal. It may be a large meal or a small one, but it’s still a meal. I have them sit down and focus only on eating. I emphasize grains and vegetables way more than fruit. I also stay away from dry, crunchy things. Sure, children love them. But, I can do better than that. Running around on the playground with a baggie full of puffs is only going to lead down a road of mindless eating, poor digestion and blood sugar issues. The same thing so many adults suffer from with our irregular eating habits, eating on the run and at the desk while working.
I hope you are enjoying these peeks into Lena’s lunches. I know sometimes we can get into lunchbox ruts and even one new idea can help.
If your child loves beans, they can be a great base for more vegetables. Pinto beans with carrot and onion. Aduki Beans with Squash and Kombu. White beans with greens. These are some of our favorites.
This was not my idea to add broccoli to black beans. It was my friend, Betsy’s. She once told me it was the only way her son would eat broccoli. Continue reading