Ideas For Packing A Healthy School Lunch!

Well, September is here, school is beginning and it is time for packing lunches once again! The above lunch was made by my 8 year old daughter. It is composed of a quesadilla made with refried beans and two brown rice tortillas, blackberries and sliced nectarines, sliced carrots and cucumbers, raw cashews, almonds, and chocolate chips. As you can see, very simple and nutritious, full of key nutrients for a growing and developing brain.

This month I am hosting a wonderful monthly blogging event called Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten Free! This event was created by the lovely Naomi Devlin of Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried. And my theme, of course, is: Ideas for Packing a Healthy School Lunch! This is a way for you, a reader or blogger, to submit a link and photo of your recipe and/or ideas to me by the end of this month (please, no later than September 27th) and I will post them all to my blog on the 30th of this month. If you don't have a blog, please feel free to submit a short recipe or list of ideas with a photo and I will post it along with the links from other bloggers. Please email me your post attached with a digital photo to [email protected] (dot) com.

In the meantime, (while we are waiting for all of your lovely ideas) I have a few ideas myself to share. First off, if you haven't read the post I did last year on Packing a Healthy School Lunch you might want to check it out. I have a colorful chart with pictures of foods in each food group that you can download, print, and post on your refrigerator for a quick reminder of what to pack. This way your child can choose a food from each category to create a healthy, balanced lunch.

Main Dish/Protein Ideas:Quinoa Salmon BurgersSummer Black Bean Salad (made without the spicy peppers)Dilled Adzuki Bean and Rice SaladChicken and Wild Rice SaladRice, Garbanzo Bean, and Kale Salad (my kids love this one!)Spring Herb Quinoa Salad (my 5yr old daughter's favorite!)Collard Wraps with Raw Sunflower Seed PateGarlic Rosemary White Bean Dip on sliced bread with cucumbersSlices of Roasted ChickenLentil Noodle SoupEasy Chicken and Vegetable StewSpiced Chicken and Rice StewSoothing Red Lentil SoupMoroccan Chickpea and Potato Soup (an absolute favorite of my kids)Halibut and Potato ChowderSoy-Free Tamari Roasted NutsQuesadilla slices made with brown rice tortillas, refried black beans, and spinach

Vegetables/Fruits:Green Smoothie (poured into a small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid)Blueberry-Cucumber SmoothieCucumber, Tomato, Basil SaladRaw Mediterranean Kale SaladOrange-Wasabi Cabbage SaladCurried Carrot Cauliflower SoupMixed greens with a small container of Salad Dressing on the sideSlices of cucumbers, carrots, and celery (my kids like simple best)Celery sticks with almond butter spread into themAny in-season whole or sliced fruit

Grains:Sticky Brown Rice in nori rolls (all-time favorite of my kids)Cooked QuinoaCold Spaghetti SaladWhole Grain Flatbread (yeast-free)Quinoa Seed CrackersTeff Banana BreadTeff Banana PancakesDark Teff Sandwich BreadZucchini-Almond BreadPeach MuffinCarrot Raisin Buckwheat Muffin (my kids beg me to make these!)

Treats:We don't always have treats around but when we do it would be some of the following (fruit is sometimes the best and easiest treat of all):Raw Energy BallsCinnamon-Sunflower TrufflesDate-Sweetened Ginger CookieSpiced Teff Cookie BarSunflower Seed CookiesOatmeal Heart CookiesPeanut Butter CookiesFlourless Chocolate Chip CookiesStrawberry Hazelnut ShortcakesMaple Raspberry SconesMango-Coconut PuddingVegan Pumpkin CheesecakePumpkin Oatmeal CookiesApple Crisp
I am really looking forward to sharing your post on Ideas for packing a Healthy School Lunch. Please remember to submit it with an attached photo by September 27th, 2010! Thanks! :)

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