Lunch Ideas: Let’s have some fun

Lunch. Everybody eats it. Somebody needs to make it. Some of us enjoy it. Some of us really don’t want to make lunch. Ever. Again. But, the reality is that we all need to eat to survive. Our kids surely need to eat to survive. But, we don’t want our kids just surviving, right? We want them thriving on healthy, nutritious food. In an ideal world, right? Here are some ideas to make lunch more fun + more nutritious for your kids + you!

Strawberry Sunflower Plate

Ingredients: 5 strawberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/4 watermelon

Directions: Wash and slice strawberries lengthwise. Slice banana, Rinse + dry shredded carrots. (I buy pre-shredded carrots, my kids like the texture of thin carrots the best). Slice watermelon lengthwise into thin pieces. Arrange banana slices into a circle in the center of the plate. Pile them as high + thick as you’d like. Arrange strawberries in a flower petal pattern surrounding the bananas. Overlap the layers of strawberries + continue with as many rows as you’d like. Arrange carrot slices in a stem shape, add loos pieces for grass + create two leaves by connecting two carrot slices together. Finally, use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the watermelon + place surrounding your flower. Get as creative as you’d like + add or subtract anything you see here.

Animal Dairy-Free Yogurt Bowl

Ingredients: Dairy-free yogurt + hemp seeds + blueberries: fresh or frozen.

Directions: Pour your yogurt into the bowl, sprinkle hemp seeds for a smile, add blueberries for eyes.

Rice Cake Friends

Ingredients: Small rice cakes (I used the Happy Family brand), blueberries, SunButter, grapes, apples, heirloom carrotsEnjoy Life mini chips chocolate chips.

Directions: Spread SunButter onto some of the rice cakes. Slice up carrots + apples. Create the fun faces with the above ingredients.

Edible Garbage Trucks

Ingredients: Apples, colby jack cheese (or-dairy-free cheese), celery, strawberries + blueberries.

Directions: Wash the fruit. Cut the cheese into squares. Cut the celery into small rectangles. Cut the top of the strawberries off + slice the rest. Cut the sides of the apples off, then cut into slices. Place the large apple slices on the plate with the cheese squares slightly overlapping in front. Place the celery rectangle on the cheese + the strawberry tops under the cheese + apple for tires. Add the small apple slice for the back hopper. Cut up additional fruits + cheese for “trash” to throw into the hopper before eating.

SunButter Stick People

Ingredients: SunButter, celery + strawberries

Directions: Wash + cut celery stalks into equal sizes for arms + legs. Cut one long stalk for the body. Spread with SunButter. Place stick figure on plate. Wash strawberries + add for the head.

*Blog entry by Lindsey Lee and Co.  Looking for a family friendly smoothie recipe? Try Lindsey’s recipe here:  http://www.lindseyleeandco.com/blog/2017/welchs-fresh

*Photos by Kathleen Peachey Photography. Please see more of her work here:  http://www.kathleenpeachey.com

*Lindsey is a Michigan farm girl living in Colorado with her husband and 3 boys. She was always a foodie, but started to create her own recipes when her middle son, Bowan was diagnosed with multiple life threatening food allergies. This has given her a reason and a need to share her recipes. Lindsey has always modified or created recipes + She’s totally used to chopping up vegetables + preparing meals. Take a look at her beautiful blog as she shares her story with plant-based + allergy friendly lunch + meal ideas for kids, mom + families. http://www.lindseyleeandco.com/