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More School Lunch Ideas

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If you read my blog earlier this week, you know how I deal with school lunches throughout the year. Here is a photo of that list I was telling you about. As you can see, I've added on over time. It's a bit squished now.

I check this list every week before I food shop. I plan my son's lunches just like I plan for the rest of the meals.

While it's important to be mindful during the day, I know mornings are the time I reserve for multi-tasking. It's what we parents do best, right? So while I'm boiling the water for the oats to make apple n cinnamon oatmeal, I'm prepping my son's lunch, signing school papers or checking over homework, and sipping on lemon tea- which helps me to keep my sanity.

This week's lunches included...

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Potato Boat

This was a first, and happened by default. I'd meant it to be for his pre-soccer practice dinner, but forgot potatoes take an hour to bake. If you bake the potato the night before, then you only have to carve it out the next morning. Mash the carved out potatoes and mix with butter of choice, vegetables (we used broccoli), and seasonings. Then stuff back into the boat, and pack with rowing gear, aka fork or spoon. (Though I think my son enjoyed eating this with his hands.)

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The next day my little guy went to school with a peanut butter and honey sandwich. No photo. Just looked like a sandwich. We are lucky that we can bring nuts to school. If that's not an option for you, try Sunbutter- a sunflower seed paste that tastes a lot like peanut butter, or mix tahini- a sesame paste with honey or jelly and use that as a spread. Add bananas for extra nutrient punch.

Today my little guy went to school with toasted sesame rice with seaweed.

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Have you tried seaweed with your kids? It's packed with iodine, which is essential for our thyroid health. If you regularly use sea salt, there is likely no iodine unless it's been fortified. I also recommend it to my friends who travel or are getting x-rays. When my son traveled to Florida and required his dental x-rays in the same week, I filled him up on seaweed. The iodine helps to rid the body of radiation.

This is super simple if the rice is made ahead of time. Mix with toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, favorite additions (peas, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, pea pods, edamame) and top with arame seaweed for extra nutrient punch. Today is Friday, so all we had left was frozen corn. I packed with a peach and some chocolate bark with pistachios and almonds. (Which you can also make without nuts usiing pumpkin and sunflower seeds instead.) He was good to go.

Oh, and here's this morning apple & cinnamon oatmeal. A better version of the Kashi instant stuff, which has a whole tbs of sugar in one package.

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5-Minute Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal

2 cups water 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (steel-cut have more nutrition, but take a bit longer) 1 apple of choice, chopped (tart or farm McIntosh are our favorites) 1/2 cup raisins 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2 tbs pure maple syrup, or to taste preference

Boil water. Add oats. Stir for a few minutes till oats have expanded. Add the rest of the ingredients. Serve warm.