Day 3 – Simple Hot Lunch Love

Once a week I pack my kids spaghetti in a thermos. Typically I use leftovers from the night before, but I also keep a stash of cooked spaghetti meat sauce in the freezer for back up. I love this meal because (a.) they have a healthy, warm lunch from home and (b.) they get two veggie servings (tomato sauce and a green). I pack my six-year-old green beans and my ten-year-old a salad on these days. It makes me feel quite gourmet.

Here is Day 3 of a Simple Lunch …

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  • Noodles – Gluten Free -Sam Mills Corn Pasta d’oro
  • Spaghetti Sauce (non-dairy) with Ground Beef 
  • Salad or Green Beans

Day 2 – Allergy Friendly Back to School Lunches

My six year old is currently dairy, egg, gluten, and nut free. Just recently, I have started suspecting that dairy is the culprit for my ten-year-old son’s asthma flares. Therefore, currently he is dairy free to see if the problem goes away. I try to limit soy with both of my boys.

Because I have two kids with different nutritional requirements, I try to fix similar lunches that are tweaked a bit.

Here is my six-year-old’s lunch …

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  • Boar’s Head Ovengold Turkey sliced Medium
  • Chocolate Muffin (“The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism” by Megan Hart & Kim Lutz – Chocolate Cupcake recipe)
  • Organic Grapes
  • Garden of Eatin’ Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Here is my ten-year-old’s lunch …

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* This photo was taken prior to my son being dairy free. In addition to the cheese, the turkey sticks have nonfat dry milk in them. 

 

Allergy Friendly Back to School Lunches

To kick off the grand opening of Family Live Life Well and because it is back-to-school time, I will be posting every day this week. I often get asked by moms what I pack in my kids’ lunches. I have recently invested in two fabulously amazing PlanetBoxes and wanted to share what is going in them these days.

Please don’t judge if you are a perfect mom … or a nutritionist … or if your kids genuinely enjoy things like brussel sprouts, roasted asparagus, or zucchini muffins. I don’t cut my food into pretty shapes or hide love notes to my boys in their lunch boxes. I think these moms are awesome, but despite my best efforts, I just can’t seem to make it my reality.

Because of my son’s many allergies, I have tried just about every healthy recipe out there, but I have found that both my boys like for me to keep it simple.

I have also learned not to beat myself up if they hate something; there is no shame in choosing a better – not best – alternative to junk. In other words, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For example, my kids refuse to eat homemade kale chips out of the dehydrator, but I switched from Lay’s to a healthier non-GMO potato chip brand.

Another disclaimer: my lunches do not contain items that are 100 percent healthy. I believe in moderation. I believe in 1 cup of Powerade one time a week after a special baseball game win, but not a 32 ounce bottle every time they step on the field. I believe in 1/2 of a bag of Skittles as a special treat once a week, but not every day as an after school snack.

I also for the record, do not think the dyes and high fructose corn syrup that is in most of the junk that I occasionally allow is okay. I. Do. Not. Think. It. Is. Okay. But as much as I don’t want it in our society, it is. Whether I like it or not. Therefore, I allow minimal amounts and my kids are okay with that.

I know there are loads of articles online about allergy-friendly snacks and lunches and quite often it can be overwhelming. I am a simple girl.

Here is Day 1 of a Simple Lunch:

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  • Boar’s Head Ovengold Turkey sliced Medium
  • Pure Knead GF Bread
  • Organic Grapes
  • Glutino GF Pretzils
  • 3 Skittles in mini dessert tray

Tune in each day this week for more lunch ideas. 

Lots of pictures this week, not a lot of words.

Also, feel free to share your own lunch ideas in the comments section below.