Last year I was mad as hell seeing what kids at my daughter’s school were eating. It could NOT be called food! Join my crusade to FIGHT BACK. This is my post on healthier plant-based vegan back to school lunches.
You guys – we need to start getting PISSED about what kids are eating. Let’s control for ourselves and make the time to help our children eat healthy. We cannot rely on the government with their “do as I say, not as I do” mentality. On one hand they support eating fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, all the crop subsidies go to GMO corn, wheat and soy. They consider fruits and vegetables a “specialty crop”. What?! Talk about mixed messages. For those of us not on subsidized meal programs it’s time to boycott school lunch! Support programs such as Tour de Fresh – organizations working to bring fresh salads and education to schools.
This is a real example of a kindergarten school lunch last year. These children are not in an impoverished area. Compared to the rest of the world, this district is considered affluent, with some of the best schools in the country. What a great “balanced lunch” option.
Yes there was a vegetable option but do the kids choose it? NO! Kids need EDUCATION. Studies show they are more likely to choose healthier options if they are taught what the healthier option is and why. Getting them involved is also essential. Join a farm share and have them pick vegetables for themselves!
TAKE BACK LUNCH
Let’s give up the excuses and start packing a variety of healthy lunches that aren’t packed with puss filled dairy and nitrate-filled processed meats and GMO wheat.
WE need to eat healthy first. Use these ideas for your own lunch!
Do not let your child end up like THIS:
- Make lunches for two or three days in a row so you can grab-and-go.
- Ditch the plastic bags! Use re-usable containers, utensils and washable napkins. You will save money in the end. Promise.
- When in doubt try Pinterest for ideas.
- Use your muffin tin to create quinoa, NON-DAIRY cheese and veggie meal muffins.
- Break out the cookie cutter to cut fun shapes out of fruits, veggies and sandwiches!
- DO be sensitive to kids with allergies. Even if your child doesn’t have them – it is horrific for parents that do. I just paid $253.00 for an epi pen AFTER insurance AND a coupon. It SUCKS so don’t complain if you can’t give your kid peanut butter. You could be buying epi pens instead.
- For children on subsidized lunch programs – there are ways to make very inexpensive and healthy lunches. With planning it can be done. Contact me and I will walk you through it.
SANDWICHES, WRAPS AND ‘ZA
Black Bean, Banana and Hummus Wrap (subtract the onion)
I love this idea for making a “salad” with fun shapes they can dip. Photo care of Parenting Mag.
Breakfast for lunch!
All Natural Zucchini Muffins, All-Time Top Reader Fav
Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus,
Serve with celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes etc. (See that snazzy salad above!)
Nut and Gluten Free Granola
Here is a delicious snack and topping idea for yogurt or banana ice cream. It is nut, grain and dairy free. Enjoy!
Nut and Gluten Free Granola
Serves about 8 1/4 cup servings
Vegan, Gluten Free
1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup dried bananas
1/4 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped crystalized ginger (optional)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup non- dairy chocolate chips
1/8 tsp sea salt
1. Spread coconut oil over a small baking sheet; toss all remaining ingredients together directly on the baking sheet to coat with coconut oil; toast 3-4 minutes, or until just browned.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 8.8 g
Saturated Fat 4.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 36.8 mg
Potassium 97.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Sugars 13.2 g
Protein 2.4 g
Vitamin A 0.5 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.2 %
Vitamin C 0.4 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 10.2 %
Calcium 0.8 %
Copper 4.5 %
Folate 2.4 %
Iron 3.7 %
Magnesium 1.7 %
Manganese 5.4 %
Niacin 1.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.9 %
Phosphorus 5.1 %
Riboflavin 0.9 %
Selenium 4.6 %
Thiamin 0.8 %
Zinc 1.5 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the grand blog-post finale, my biggest secret surprise is that my daughter and I just self-published our first children’s book together on Amazon and Kindle……
It is called The Adventures of Agnes and the Martian!
Most parents want their children to be able to discover and live their passion, achieve their dreams, and succeed at what they put their mind to.
One year ago I left my 13-year corporate job to take on the world and make it a better place, and wanted to pass that determination on to my daughter. Together we created our book, the Adventures Agnes and the Martian.
This book is our way of inspiring children on the path to following their dreams.
As a thank you for getting this far in the post and listening to me blather on, for a limited time I would like to offer – drum roll please -
A free digital copy of our book, The Adventures of Agnes and the Martian!
email me at dawn(at)floridacoastalcooking.com for your copy!
I know, I know, you are overcome with emotion. Seriously though, it is a cute book if I do say so, and since I love ya – I just have to share. It is for readers from preschool through 1st grade. Preschool and kindergarten my need some help with the reading.
I would love to get your thoughts on this book as I attempt to learn how to market a self-published book with no background in marketing. Who knows, I might fall flat on my face, or I might help my daughter soar with the eagles!
If you like it, and could share it on social media, or even better, review on Amazon, I would forever be in your debt.
She acted out the scenes in all the photos, and then (with a bit of help) tried her hand at drawing in the “Martian”. This was a bedtime story my Nana used to tell me as a child, and now I get to pass it on to my daughter, and children everywhere. We are even planning the next book already and I’m thinking we might call it, Camping Madness with the Martian and Agnes. What do you think?