I've been following Produce for Kids for as long as I can remember. Here's what has always resonated with me: Produce for Kids not only promotes healthy eating for kids and families with great recipes and helpful tips about what's in season, they've also orchestrated partnerships with produce and grocery outlets which has enabled them to donate $6 million to charities that benefit children and families.
Their Power Your Lunchbox Pledge is a cause that's near and dear to my heart. For each family that takes the pledge to eat a healthier lunch, Produce for Kids donates $1 to Feeding America, a network with 200 food banks, 60,000 food pantries and meal programs dedicated to hunger-relief. Each dollar donated provides 11 meals to families in need.
When I connected with the folks at PFK and was asked to be part of their January 2017 Power Your Lunchbox promotion, I was over the moon. I took over their IG for a day to share the lunches that I pack for my kiddos as well as some easy recipes and tips and had a great time doing it! If you didn't follow along, you can see those posts below. It goes without saying that it's worthwhile to follow along with PFK on Instagram, and while we're talking about it, go ahead and take the pledge! Beyond doing something worthwhile, you can also grab money-saving coupons. If you like what you see below, be sure to follow us on Instagram for more! And p.s., you can download the LaLa Lunchbox app for FREE here.
Here we've got sunflower seed butter and jam on raisin bread with apple noodles, raspberries, blueberries, celery, polka dot banana and a chocolate covered pretzel.
My mom made sausage with puff pastry when I was a kid, so I have fond memories of it. Here we've got vegetarian sausage and I've added spinach to the roll. Sausage in puff pastry takes less than 30 minutes to make and also works beautifully for lunchbox leftovers! All you do is roll precooked sausage in puff pastry and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
My strategy for getting my kids to eat a ton of fresh produce is to make a ton of fresh produce available to them! I like to prep fruits and veggies ahead of time and have them in containers in the fridge for my kids to eat after school. It doesn't mean they're not also eating snacky stuff... it just means they have yet another opportunity during the day to eat fresh fruit.
I can't eat fish because I'm allergic. Sushi intrigues me incredibly! My husband and my oldest child (10 years old) go on sushi dates together and I think it's so sweet. She loves to make veggie sushi at home and I love to encourage kids in the kitchen, so it's a win-win! Here's where you can see a little clip of my 10 year old rolling up sushi magic!
I'm a morning person, but even for me, mornings are hectic and stressful. I like to get as much done in advance as possible and that includes making these Breakfast Bites at night. It's just eggs and vegetables (typically whatever is leftover from dinner, chopped). Somehow the cupcake shape, the simple flavors and the convenience make these irresistible for kids. Here's how:
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees
* Beat 10 eggs in a small bowl
* Add 3/4 cup chopped broccoli (or any veggie of your choice... there are so many options!)
* Add salt and pepper to taste
* Place cupcake wrappers in a muffin tin and coat each with cooking spray or oil. If you don't have wrappers, just coat each muffin tin with oil.
* Pour egg mixture into each
* Bake for 14-18 minutes or until they are cooked through
(Optional: you can add 2 tablespoons of milk 1/2 - 1 cup of shredded cheese to these if your family eats dairy).