Lena’s Lunchbox 7: Noodle Rolls

It can be hard to provide variety in children’s packed  lunches. A lot of items that are loved at home, especially those of the saucy variety don’t pack well for school. Plus, some foods just aren’t as delicious at room temperature and it can be a little too fussy to send a thermos. Hooray for those of you sending hot food!!

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Lena’s Lunchbox 6

IMG_20140327_151824Lena will be four-years-old  in a few weeks. An exciting thing she has learned recently is how to make her own nori rolls.

Her favorite filling is rice and avocado, but we were out of avocado this week, so she got creative. These nori rolls are filled with pressure cooked brown rice, steamed kale and currants. Yum! Perfect for lunch.

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Lunch 1
Nori Rolls with rice, kale and currants
Lightly boiled organic edamame pods
Oil sautéed Field Roast rounds
Blanched carrot stars and sliced broccoli stalks

 

 

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Lunch 2

Cooked quinoa mashed with baked yam
Falafel (I buy a few at my local food coop)
Blanched red cabbage
Sautéed broccoli

 

 

More of Lena’s Lunchbox:
Meet Lena
Lena’s Lunchbox 5

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Steamed Bread with Carrot Jam

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.

However, if you steam bread it becomes softer and more hydrated. It’s easier on your body and easier to digest.IMG_20140130_152727

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Lena’s Lunchbox 5

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful New Year so far. Here are a few more ideas from Lena’s Lunchbox. .

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Lunch 1

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Lunch 2

 

 

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Learn about Lena
Lena’s Lunchbox
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Lena’s Lunchbox 3
Lena’s Lunchbox 4

Healthy Snacks for Children

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.IMG_20130117_152012

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