From all of us at The Girls @ Los Altos, we wish you a bright and happy 2015. The new year brings new beginnings and we often resolve to make changes to live healthier and happier lives. For 2015, let’s include the entire family in our healthy and happy resolution. This year, we here at The Girls will keep this blog packed with activities, crafts, recipes, events, and all things fun for the entire family. And of course we’ll update you about our newest products, sales, and our fantastic in-store events. So check back often!
Let start off our Healthy and Happy Kids 2015 resolution with brightening up our children’s lunches. We often fall into a “lunch rut” and end up serving our kids the same handful of lunches day in and day out. Kids often get bored and also don’t get exposed to new or varied foods. We’re in luck! A Google search yields 100’s of results for great lunch ideas. There are also many resources for specialized diets, such as gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, low sugar, and even SANDWICH free ;-) We recommend keeping a Pinterest board dedicated to new lunches you’d like to try. Try a new one this week!
Here is a versatile favorite of ours: The Refrigerator Lunch.We call it that because we can throw it together with lots of different ingredients that are often found in our fridges and cupboards.
Pick a Protein: Canned tuna or leftover salmon from last night’s dinner, shredded chicken, chopped hard boiled egg, or slightly mashed Garbanzo beans (aka Chickpeas).
Pick a Glue (you don’t need much!): Mayo, Soy-free Vegenaise, Olive Oil
Spice it up: fresh dill, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, or try a new spice!
Extra Goodies: diced - apple, pickles, capers, bell pepper, green onion, celery
Pick a Base: pita bread, whole grain bread, multi-grain crackers, green salad, tortilla
What Now?: Mix your choices of a Protein, Glue, Spices, and Goodies. Pick your Base. Add other veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers in the sandwich or on the salad :-)
Try this: Tuna, mayo, apple, fresh dill, salt/pepper on a bed of greens with a side of multi-grain crackers.
And another favorite: Chickpeas, Vegenaise, Mustard, Paprika, Pickles, Green Onions, Red Bell Pepper, salt/pepper in a pita pocket
If you ever pack your kids’ lunches for school or for a park playdate, you know how important good food storage is. When a container leaks spaghetti sauce all over the chocolate chip cookies, no one is happy. No one. We have some tried and tested recommendations for you that will guarantee a happy and tear-free lunch.
We highly recommend Wean Green food containers as they are made from recyclable material-glass (5X stronger than regular glass), drop test approved, easy for little hands to open, and bright colors to choose from. They have multiple sizes to suit every lunch and are easy to clean. These are a lunchbox must!
For your cold and hot drinks, Klean Kanteen is a favorite. Made from high quality stainless steel, these bottles leave no metal taste and are designed to last a lifetime.
There are lots of cute lunch boxes and lunch sacks out there to choose from. For insulated lunch boxes we love the styles, prints, and durability of the brand SoYoung. For a great non-insulated lunch sack, we recommend the Canadian brand Fluf made with washable organic cotton and we’re pretty sure you’ll love their playful prints.
Do you have any lunch ideas that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you. Send us your lunch ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org and you may be featured in an upcoming blog!