Healthy Lunches for Home or On the Go

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  1. Heather T. says:

    Wow, those sound delicious! Maybe when my child is 30, he’ll put something in his mouth besides peanut butter on honey-oat toast… I sure hope so!

  2. Nohemi Vanegas says:

    I like your Topic:
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
    Can you make a montly breakfast menu?
    thank you
    Nohemi Vanegas

  3. donna o says:

    Don’t worry Heather! I had a son that gave up most foods for a while and though at 15 he is still a bit particular, he no longer gags on veggies :0). Most of the time anyway! Besides, pb on whole grain toast with some milk is a great meal :0).
    Love the reminder that breakfast is so important! I know my 12th grade daughter does so much better after eating a healthy breakfast—even if it is just a yogurt and some Kashi cereal!  Great recipes here!

  4. Vickie D says:

    wow keep the recipes coming. You are giving me recipes I do not have to look up GREAT JOB !

  5. Cheryl Morgan says:

    I have a daughter who loves these recipes I’ve been making it for her and she always does better in school when I make these foods for breakfast

  6. Alex says:

    All the recipes are good but I had to add some more meat for me

  7. Margaret says:

    Can you recommend some rceipes for an ice skater? Not so much bread, which is a problem at breakfast and lumch.

  8. Alex says:

    I always feel better when I have a good breakfast – can you recommend some breakfast recipes that give you a lot of energy for the day without a ton of sugar?

  9. David says:

    How can I get my kids to try new flavors?  I would love to try pesto, but I worry about spending the money and then my kids not eating it.  Ideas?

  10. Ben Randall says:

    Thanks I love Connections 

  11. Dorshan says:

    David – when I want my kids to try some new flavors- I eat it during a time of day when they are about ready to eat.  When they run around the corner I hide it behind my back or pretend like I didn’t mean for them to see me eating it.  Then they always ask “what’s that”… I act like I am all bummed they found me eating my special food.  I act like they aren’t ready for something soooo divinely delicious.  They always beg to try and sometimes they like and others they don’t.  I also tell them that over time their taste buds change.  So just because they didn’t like it last year, they may like it this year.  They get curious about their taste buds changing and try.  It’s funny to hear “MOM!  MY TASTE BUDS CHANGED.  I LOVE THIS!”  Best of luck to you… 

  12. ROBIN MILLER says:

    As with all athletes, you should try to get a good balance of protein and carbohydrates.  If you’re avoiding bread, try low-carb tortillas (Mission makes a delicious one).  You can even try the spinach and sundried tomato tortillas – they have great flavor.  Fill them with shredded rotisserie chicken, baby spinach leaves and roasted red peppers for a fabulous wrap in just seconds (add your favorite mustard for robust flavor – there are amazing mustards on the market these days).  Use that as a guide and fill the tortillas with a variety of fillings (meats, cheeses, roasted vegetables with hummus, nut butters and fruit preserves, etc.).  You can also make fabulous chilled salads with quinoa as the base (it cooks in 10 minutes and fluffs up like rice).  Add nuts and dried fruit or cubed meat (chicken, shrimp, beef, pork) and cheese for the ultimate protein-packed meal (quinoa is the only grain that’s almost a perfect protein). Think of it anytime you have a recipe that uses rice or pasta as the base.

  13. ROBIN MILLER says:

    Kids feel empowered when you make them part of the decision-making process.  I suggest you make a small batch of pesto at home – together.  Buying fresh basil and tossing it in the blender with toasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil will be super fun for them and they can watch the process happen.  My kids always want to taste their creations – like a science experiment!  Plus, you can make a small amount of pesto and nothing will be wasted.  If you decide to purchase ready-made pesto, try it on a pizza with shredded cheese (top a pizza crust with pesto and then mozzarella cheese).  When you combine something familiar (pizza crust and mozzarella cheese) with something new (pesto), kids are more likely to try a bite!  One more thing: pesto freezes very well so if you want to make sure it doesn’t go to waste, freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I have been struggling to find different healthy lunch options. This gives me quite a few new ideas.

  15. Laurie D says:

    We love Bento Boxes, lunches which are pleasing to the eyes as well as nutritious.  You can use standard plastic wear, but how to prepare the food is part of the fun.  Google search for some fun ideas, books and tutorials.  Food almost to pretty to eat.  lol

  16. Andy says:

    Dorshan, I just found this blog and your “my taste buds changed” comment.
    So divinely true! 🙂 
    This relates, and I know this is not for everyone, but I recently rediscovered that the canned fish I became aquainted with in my youth (We were budget conscious, obviously.) can still be a nutritiuous option for a quick lunch, on the go or otherwise. The key is to experiment with different brands for different tastes. My son (at this point) will eat nothing but one brand of kippered herring, which he loves to eat plain or in a sandwich. Personally, I can find nothing better than my favorite brand of sardine on whole wheat. With some fresh fruit, there is little negative I can say except a little high in sodium for the fish, but not any more than adding a bag of chips to a typical lunch. If kids get to liking canned fish, its an inexpensive, portable form of great protien and added calcium.

  17. Andy says:

    David,
    Maybe you have some time to do a little gardening. If kids have a garden, they get used to appreciating things when they are not even sure they are tasty. That  said, basil grows well and quickly most everywhere (I live in the desert SW.) Folks might gasp at this, but I don’t see any reason to put in pine nuts $$. Grind up some raw sunflower seeds if you want the texture/nutrition and don’t be afraid to use some flavors the kids like, such as half butter and half olive oil – most always a better option for kids’ taste buds. Please let me know what you end up experiencing.

  18. Andy says:

    Alex,
    Have you had much success with breakfast yet? I struggle with the same issue. I know how to spend an hour and a half preparing and eating the ultimate fresh breakfast, but this is not an option. If I had an opinion to give you, it would be to prepare a typical carnivorous breakfast along with Orange Juice – the fresher, the better. I’ve found plenty of energy and staying power there, and actually, nothing that can beat it for lasting energy plus time spent in the kitchen. If you’re a vegetarian, home-cooked, natural whole grains would be the feel-good breakfast staple. I like mine with a raisin or craisin custard (not vegan) – takes 5 minutes prep. Good luck. Let me know if you find anything that’s equally convenient.

  19. Kayla says:

    Thank  you so much! also are you going to FL anytime soon??? i will love to see you in kissimme soon! – Kayla

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