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Lunch Box Cereal Bars

And here is yet another lunch box recipe. These cereal or granola bars are full of fiber, vitamin A, and complex carbohydrates, helping your children to stay focused and energized, without the sugar highs and subsequent lows of so many commercial snack foods out there. Despite them being loaded with dried apricots, even Freddie, my fruit phobic middle child, loves them, which says a lot. They are super easy and quick to make, and keep for at least a week when stored in an air tight container. Once they’re out of the oven, let them cool completely in the pan before cutting, otherwise they’ll turn into crumbly granola instead.

Brown rice syrup, which is available in health food stores and well-stocked supermarkets, has a mellow sweetness and does a fantastic job keeping all ingredients sticking together. It’s much stickier than maple syrup on it’s own, so best not to skimp on it.

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Lunch Box Muffins

These savory muffins are a breeze to make and a great alternative to sandwiches. I make them in a 6-cup-muffin tin, plus 2 extra ramekins, which is just the right size muffin for my kids’ lunch. If you have smaller children, the regular 12-cup-muffin pan will be the right one for you and there is enough batter to make 12 of that size. Once they are done and cooled down, I try to wrap them  individually in aluminium foil and freeze them, before anyone can get their hands on them. I take them out of the freezer the night before, let them defrost on the counter, and in the morning, stick them, still wrapped, in the toaster oven for 5 minutes. If you prefer not to use regular bacon, use turkey bacon or sun-dried tomatoes instead. I haven’t used other veggies, but I am sure finely chopped, sauteed spinach, squeezed a bit to get rid of the liquid, and crumbled feta cheese, instead of cheddar would be an excellent combination as well. As always, let me know how you go and especially what your kids thought…

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Lunch Box Wrap

A few weeks ago, I held a lunch box class at my home. Not surprisingly it was my most popular class ever! It quickly became obvious that most parents are struggling to come up with school lunches that are just about healthy and interesting enough to be eaten and not thrown in the garbage bin. And what a delicate task that is! Not only do our kids need to like what’s in the lunch box, but the peer pressure adds an additional challenge. “All my friends have chips with lunch” or “so and so wouldn’t sit next to me, because he hates fish” or “it takes to long for me to chew my veggies and I miss out on football”.  Then there’s the issue with food allergies, or egg- and nut-free schools. You get the point.

I am far from being the queen of lunch boxes, but over the years I have learned what works and what doesn’t and to add to that, I researched, experimented, concocted, baked and assembled everything from super healthy quinoa muffins, sweet potato brownies to wraps, pasta salads, savory muffins and dips of all colors. In the week prior to the class, we ended up with dozens of muffins and even had them for dinner one night. The wraps were one of the biggest hits, and because the children help to make them, they get to choose what goes in them with a minimum requirement of a protein and 2 different vegetables. Hummus and pesto are popular, as is shredded roasted chicken or strips of smoked salmon, shredded carrots and lettuce, strips of pepper, different sprouts, avocado and grated cheese. Here are a few ideas:

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