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Puzzled about lunches? (& Back-to-School Resources)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones."
PROVERBS 3:7-9







Well, the summer is speeding to a close at an alarming rate, and I realized today that there are only a couple of weeks left before regular routines must once again come into focus.

I was snooping around for ideas... and since I often hear Sparks complaining about the difficulty of coming up with creative lunch ideas that inspire and excite the senses, I thought I'd share what I'd found:




The Art and Science of Packing a Lunchbox
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/02/the-art-and-science-o
f-packing-a-lunchbox/




Cheesy Chums
spoonful.com/recipes/che
esy-chums

My girl LOVES Baby Bel cheese... I cannot wait to try these!
Okay, these were a HIT... the first day I sent one she came home from school and I heard, "Mom! Can you make one for everyone for tomorrow?"
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(Who says kids aren't attracted to healthy food?)






Cucumber and Hummus Cupcakes
www.creativekidsnacks.co
m/2013/01/25/cucumber-and-
hummus-cupcakes/




mamapapabubba.com/2013/0
6/10/apple-sandwiches-an-o
ld-favourite/




www.thisweekinsarasota.c
om/learning-to-cook-with-g
rains-at-whole-foods-marke
t-sarasota/




Find it's too much work to ensure a quick, easy, healthy lunch every day? Think again... take an hour and prepare a week's grab-and-go lunches at a shot:
• How to Make Salad in a Jar
www.salad-in-a-jar.com/h
ow-to-make-salad-in-a-jar-2

• Crunch-crunch: A week of (make ahead) spring salads in jars
www.simplebites.net/crun
ch-crunch-a-week-of-make-a
head-spring-salads-in-jars/

• Quinoa Salad-In-A-Jar in 4 International Flavors
www.theyummylife.com/Qui
noa_Salad_In_A_Jar

• Mason Jar Salad Club!
pinterest.com/chelseafos
ter/mason-jar-salad-club-/


(This works for breakfast, too!)





I don't know about you, but I love food that is artfully prepared, and so does my daughter. I've been able to inspire her to try food she would otherwise avoid by making it fun and interesting. There is now virtually nothing she won't eat.... And, she looks forward to her lunches at school (as do the other kids, LOL) just to see what might be waiting for her... and none of her lunch ever ends up in the garbage (you'd be shocked at how mnay do).

Making myself simple but attractive lunches... on a pretty plate, with a pretty water glass for accompaniment, and with a lovely cloth napkin... is one of the ways I nurture and nourish both my body and my spirit. You'd be surprised at how it can turn a day around!

Sites that offer endless lunch ideas:

• School Lunch Ideas
school-lunch-ideas.net/

• bentology
bento-logy.blogspot.ca/

• Creative Kid Snacks
www.creativekidsnacks.co
m/


• PINTEREST: Easy Lunchboxes
pinterest.com/nitramk199
9/easy-lunchboxes/?utm_sou
rce=sendgrid.com&utm_mediu
m=email&utm_campaign=weekl
y_wkly_130812


• After School Snacks Gallery
spoonful.com/recipes/aft
er-school-snacks-gallery


• School Lunch Ideas
www.facebook.com/SchoolL
unchIdeas


• Eating Healthy Costs Too Much!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5033597


Back-to-School Lunch Ideas (Paleo, GAPs, Grain Free, Gluten Free)
• deliciouslyorganic.net/l
unch-paleo-gaps-grain-free
-recipes/

• everydaypaleo.com/school
-lunch-ideas/

• everydaypaleo.com/?s=sch
ool+lunch&submit=Search




Lunches to meet special needs:

• The Divine Miss O's Lunch Box (we LOVE this product!!!!! It holds enough food for lunch and a couple of snacks, and it is helping her learn how to nutritionally balance her own meals... somebody always wants her lunch, LOL!):
www.planetbox.com/produc
ts/rover


• Packing a Paleo Lunch is Easier Than You Think
paleoparents.com/2011/pa
cking-a-paleo-lunch-is-eas
ier-than-you-think/


• 10 Super-Efficient Steps to Hacking Paleo School Lunches
paleononpaleo.com/paleo-
school-lunches/


• A Month of Real Food School Lunches (The Divine Miss O's lunches look pretty much like these)!
primalblissnutrition.com
/2013/03/a-month-of-real-f
ood-school-lunches/


• 79 Paleo Children’s Lunch Ideas
paleo.com.au/2013/05/79-
paleo-childrens-lunch-box-
kids-ideas-school/


• Healthy Lunchbox Alternatives
paleoparents.com/feature
d/healthy-lunchox-alternat
ives-a-guest-post-for-and-
love-it-too/


• Kids Paleo Lunches
www.ourpaleolife.com/201
3/03/kids-paleo-lunches/


• Getting Ready for School: lunches, snacks, and beyond!
www.thepaleomom.com/2013
/08/getting-ready-for-scho
ol-lunches-snacks-and-beyond.html


• RECIPE BONUS:
Simple Paleo Tortillas
stupideasypaleo.com/2013
/08/23/simple-paleo-tortil
las/


Two weeks of Paleo School Lunches:
• Lunchbox 1: Simple & Speedy
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/14/lunchbo
x-1-simple-speedy/

• Lunch Box 2: Stuffed Mini-Peppers…buuuuut….
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/15/lunch-b
ox-2-stuffed-mini-peppers-
buuuuut/

• Lunchbox 3: Ant-less Logs
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/15/lunchbo
x-3-ant-less-logs/

• Lunch Box 4: Paleo Breakfast On-the-Go
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/18/lunch-b
ox-4-paleo-breakfast-on-the-go/

• Lunch Box 5: Summer Sausage “Sandwiches”
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/20/lunch-b
ox-5-summer-sausage-sandwiches/

• Lunch Box 6: Gourmet Goodness and Some Egg Salad
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/21/lunch-b
ox-6-gourmet-goodness-and-
some-egg-salad/

• Lunch Box 7: Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/23/lunch-b
ox-7-bacon-wrapped-sweet-p
otatoes/

• Lunch Box 8: Buttery Pumpkin Mash & Grass-Fed Beef Cold Stir-Fry
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/27/lunch-b
ox-8-buttery-pumpkin-mash/

• Lunch Box 9: Big Fat Hamburger
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/09/28/lunch-b
ox-9-big-fat-hamburger/

• Lunch Box 10: Omega 3s at Lunch!
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/10/04/lunch-b
ox-10-omega-3s-at-lunch/

• Lunch Box 11: Ribs, Glorious Ribs!
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/10/08/lunch-b
ox-11-ribs-glorious-ribs/

• Lunch Box 12: Paleo Pizza!
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/11/25/lunch-b
ox-12-paleo-pizza/

• Lunch Box 13: Shawarma and Tzatziki
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2011/11/29/lunch-b
ox-13-shawarma-and-tzatziki/

• Lunch Box 14: Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates. Yes, Please.
mypaleolunchboxes.wordpr
ess.com/2012/01/04/lunch-b
ox-14-goat-cheese-stuffed-
dates-yes-please/


Another Week of Paleo Lunches!
• Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Muffins & Apple Slices with Nut Butter:
nomnompaleo.com/post/302
67255011/a-week-of-paleo-s
chool-lunches-part-1-of-5

• Simple Chicken Salad, Blanched Carrots and Broccoli, Paleo Trail Mix, and Flavored Mayonnaise:
nomnompaleo.com/post/303
25459154/a-week-of-paleo-s
chool-lunches-part-2-of-5

• Zoodles & Meatballs with Pineapple and Strawberry Kabobs:
nomnompaleo.com/post/303
92314401/a-week-of-paleo-s
chool-lunches-part-3-of-5

• Roast Beef Roll-Ups and Mixed Berries:
nomnompaleo.com/post/304
57067976/a-week-of-paleo-s
chool-lunches-part-4-of-5

• Hard-Boiled Eggs, Chicken Apple Sausages, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grapes:
nomnompaleo.com/post/305
23413645/a-week-of-paleo-s
chool-lunches-part-5-of-5


Yet ANOTHER Week of Paleo Lunches!
• Sausage Patties, Apple Sun-wich, Veggie Skewers, and Paleo Ranch Dressing:
nomnompaleo.com/post/586
14587921/another-week-of-p
aleo-lunches-part-1-of-5

• Egg & Prosciutto Roll-Ups, Mini Cinnamon Apple Scone, and Mixed Fruit Salad:
nomnompaleo.com/post/587
05061088/another-week-of-p
aleo-lunches-part-2-of-5

• My Sister’s Green Chicken, Cruditιs, and Roasted Rosemary Almonds:
nomnompaleo.com/post/587
94137538/another-week-of-p
aleo-lunches-part-3-of-5

• Asian Meatballs with Bell Peppers & Blanched Broccoli:
nomnompaleo.com/post/589
24698497/another-week-of-p
aleo-lunches-part-4-of-5

• Peachy Pork Lettuce Wraps and Cherry Tomatoes:
nomnompaleo.com/post/590
17716296/another-week-of-p
aleo-lunches-part-5-of-5





Try cultivating a lunch habit for yourself!



...And it's amazing how many of the strategies that work for us as parents will also work for us on ourselves with respect to the food issues with which WE struggle:

BONUS: Kids Nutrition Articles by Natalia Stasenko R.D. @Tribeca Nutrition

• PINTEREST: Kids and Nutrition
pinterest.com/schoollunc
hes/kids-and-nutrition/


• Your food parenting style matters
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/06/your-food-parenting-s
tyle-matters/


• It does not matter what your child ate at dinner
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/04/it-does-not-matter-wh
at-your-child-ate-at-dinner/


• Like mother like child. Be the best role model when it comes to eating
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/02/like-mother-like-child/


• Meals for picky eaters – a recipe for disaster?
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/02/meals-for-picky-eater
s-a-recipe-for-disaster/


• Fun taste-tests that turn picky eaters into gourmets (yourself included, LOL!)
(LOVED THIS!)
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/12/fun-taste-tests-that-
turn-picky-eaters-into-gourmets/


• Helping picky eaters without catering
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/07/helping-picky-eaters-
without-catering/


• The flavor factor: Teaching kids to eat right
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/03/2410/


• Simple ways to get your kids (and YOU!) to like vegetables
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/05/7-way-to-teach-your-k
ids-like-vegetables/


• 5 ways to talk with your kids about food like the French
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/04/5-ways-to-talk-with-y
our-kids-about-food-like-t
he-french/


• Salad bars – fun and easy way to start a meal with your family
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/02/salad-bar-for-kids/


• Kids do not like salad? Dress it fancy
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/03/salad-dressing-taste-
test/


• Five things to do with your kids at the farmers’ market
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/05/take-your-kids-to-far
mers-market-this-summer/


• Dairy basics – too much or too little?
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/07/children-dairy/


• Why goldfish crackers are NOT a snack food
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/04/why-goldfish-crackers
-are-not-a-snack-food/


• 5 Steps to Reduce Sugar Overload
tribecanutrition.com/201
2/04/5-steps-to-reduce-sug
ar-overload-this-easter/


• Candy wars: Strategies to win
tribecanutrition.com/201
3/03/candy-wars/




EXTRA BONUS:
Back-to-School Ideas...
www.marthastewart.com/10
09321/back-school-party/@c
enter/277005/back-school?x
sc=eml_holidays_2013_08_19




Dear SPARKlings, may today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you answer your call and use those gifts that you have received to pass on the love that has been given to you. May the presence of God settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love beyond your wildest imagination. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona








...Because the smallest details and steps forward have the biggest impact!

So, JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.



UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=3541059



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures SEPTEMBER 2013!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need - likely early September, 2013... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)


Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=2108455

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


DONE Girl Love...
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=3694266

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)


Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=2232914



Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=1656330





(quote by CHRISTINE MASON MILLER)
simonemesham.files.wordp
ress.com/2011/06/handwritt
en-journey-life-life-quote
s-path-quote-favim-com-384
50_large1.jpg?w=500&h=334





Words CAN Be Enough... page 3
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=4932741



Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=4964697



Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.
www.eat-real-food-paleod
ietitian.com/support-files
/dietcomparisonguide.pdf



Sweeteners - Take a Closer Look!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5257764

PDF Comparison Chart of 300 Sweeteners
janeshealthykitchen.com/
wp-content/uploads/2012/08
/300-Sweeteners-8-24-12.pdf



Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5018597



Focus on LUNCHES... for school and YOU!
(& parent resources regarding nutrition for children)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5458570




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CRAFTSFAN1 8/20/2013 8:21PM

    What a great blog with so many ideas. Thank you Ramona_. I think that I will use the ideas of the salad in a jar. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have learned so many things from you, that it is my routine to check on your blogs frequently.

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SUNNYSEAS 8/20/2013 8:07AM

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NORWOODGIRL 8/19/2013 11:38PM

    Lunch is the most difficult meal for me to prepare for myself. There are some wonderful ideas here! Thanks, Ramona!!!

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~KRISTEL~ 8/19/2013 1:20AM

    Thank you for sharing! I'm going to save these references for future use.

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DETERMINEDJANET 8/18/2013 8:50PM

    I wish my kiddos were more adventurous! Some of this looks really good!

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KEEP_GOING247 8/18/2013 5:35PM

    Thanks so much for lunch ideas. School starts in two weeks and i really needed these for my boy. emoticon

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RITZIBROWN 8/18/2013 4:00PM

    Yummy emoticon . Thanks for the healthy & interesting lunch ideas.

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JUNEAU2010 8/18/2013 1:54PM

    I'd forgotten about salad in a jar and appreciate the reminder. I will check out these fun sites! emoticon

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 8/18/2013 12:25PM

    Great ideas and suggestions! Thanks for sharing :)

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CATHOLICCORGI 8/18/2013 9:51AM

    emoticon Ramona!
I've been doing the "salad in a jar" thing for awhile now, and it has helped me be inspired to eat far more veggies than before!
If it is pleasing the eye, it is pleasing to the palate!
I'm going to try several of your "ideas"! Thank you!
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BRAVELUTE 8/18/2013 8:32AM

    We do have a Healthy Lunch Club here in sparkdom. I'm going to link to your blog.

http://teams.sparkpeop
le.com/HEALTHYLUNCHCLUB

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HEALTHY4ME 8/18/2013 7:37AM

    Oh some of those ideas may help my 3.5 year old grandson eat better, they eat paleo but he doesn't like veggies much so eggs and bacon lol but he is strong, healthy and loves life. lol his nearly2 year old sister however loves veggies but gets a bad rash from nightshades.
But will pass this to my son. thanks
hope your routine gets started off with a great day!

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NEW-CAZ 8/18/2013 2:32AM

    emoticon for some wonderful ideas Ramona emoticon

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COLLEENROSTE 8/18/2013 2:22AM

    thankyou for sharing your wonderful lunch inspirations and the links. I look forward to exploring them all more. Blessings!

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