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Remember the good old days of PB & J?

When we were kids lunches were just peanut butter and jam slapped on bread, a juice box and that was that. Now things are more complicated and you’re probably already sick to death of making your child’s school lunches. With allergies and litter free restrictions and your own kids’ preferences lunches can’t be just a sandwich anymore.  Here are a few brown bag lunch ideas to spruce up the old ho hum ordeal.

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Think outside of the bread box. Here are some lunch options that forgo the bread and some school approved fillings:

  • Romaine, Swiss chard, steamed kale leaves or Boston lettuce as wraps
  • Rice paper wraps (they make great day old salad holders)
  • Grilled Portobello mushrooms stuffed with filling of your choice
  • Apple slices stacked with cheddar cheese
  • Use skewers to layer fruits
  • Baby pita used for dipping; layer bean burrito fillings: refried beans, cheese, salsa…in mini containers.
  • Hollowed out cucumber stuffed with tuna
  • Celery filled with cream cheese
  • Red pepper halves hold everything nicely

Jazz up fillings by turning them into salad toppers. Try:

  • Tuna, olives, grapes chopped celery
  • Cooked potatoes, chick peas, curry powder and yogurt
  • Salmon, dill, chopped kale, honey mustard
  • Feta cheese, chopped peppers steamed Brussels sprouts, oregano
  • Frozen spinach, blue cheese, mayo, dried thyme, chopped garlic

Slap this list on the fridge and take a look at it whenever you want to avoid the brownbag burnout.

Here is a healthy recipe for a delicious sandwich that all can enjoy!

 

Baby Kale Caesar Salad Sandwiches

This mixture is equally good cold or grilled. If you want to take it for lunch, keep the salad filling separate until you are ready to enjoy and pre-scoop the buns.  Keep insides and break up onto a cookie sheet, toast in oven and then blend into breadcrumbs. (If you want to go low carb or paleo, simply swap the bread for rice or lettuce wraps!)

Makes: 4     Takes:15 minutes

4 whole grain Kaisers or Rolls

2 boiled eggs

½ cup silken tofu

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp anchovy paste (optional)

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp grainy mustard

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 clove minced garlic

8 cups baby kale leaves or other hearty greens

Mash boiled eggs with tofu, parmesan, anchovy paste, lemon zest, juice, mustard, vinegar, oil and garlic.  Mix well and toss with kale. Scoop out the centre of each roll. Stuff into bread bowls.

If you wish to have a hot sandwich, add a layer of shaved parmesan and grill on a Panini press or in a skillet, pressing to flatten.

 

About the Author

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com

Are you a take-part, take-action type of parent? Then we want you!

If you’re a member of a Volunteer Committee, PTA or PTO and are thinking of ways to raise funds for your organization, charity or cause then we have the answer! Our online Fundraising Program is perfect for Schools, Daycare, Sports Teams, Recreational Activities and special events!

With our Fundraising Program, you don’t need to collect forms or funds, haul around boxes of sugary treats, or even go door-to-door pleading for a donation. All you have to start making money is sign up, recruit members (like other parents, committee members, teachers, coaches, etc) and then promote your fundraising campaign. Follow our tips for a successful campaign and you’ll watch you efforts produce the results you want! Our Fundraising Program is quick, easy and customized to meet your needs. Add your organization/team logo, choose the name of your campaign and even tailor promotional materials to direct supporters effectively.

If we haven’t convinced you that our program is amazing, here are some more reasons why you should fundraise with Mabel’s Labels:

  1. Parents love our labels! (And, so do the kiddos!)
    With many kids with allergies, parents aren’t so keen on fundraising offerings like cookie dough, pies, popcorn and cookies. Our labels are sugar-free, allergy-free and won’t give you that feeling of buyer’s remorse because you can’t consume our product while watching infomercials when insomnia hits. Plus, our labels help keep expensive items out of the lost and found. Invest in labelling, support an organization and keep your stuff, all while making money. Sounds almost too good to be true….but it is!

 

  1. You don’t need to be the Lone Fundraiser
    Don’t like offering to take the reins for a Fundraising Program because you just don’t want the responsibility of making it a success all by yourself? No need to be afraid to step up to the plate, we’ve made it easy for you! All you need to do is become the Campaign Captain – this means you will be the “leader” and will receive communications regarding your fundraiser. What it also means is that you will be able to invite others to join your team and share how to make money for your cause. And even better, those you invite can invite others too! You know how it goes; she tells her, who tells him, who tells them and voila, a team is born! So tell that bad taste from a previous experience gone wrong to take a hike, because with Mabel’s Labels, we make sure our Fundraising Program is a group effort.

 

  1. Get your funds fast!
    No need to gather forms and funds, tally your efforts or even get out a calculator. With our Fundraising Program you can see real-time results on your campaign page so you will know just how far away or close you are to your goal. With our campaign periods being a maximum of 60 days in length, you’re able to focus your efforts and maximize your results. Introduce Mabel to others like she’s your new friend (well, because she is) during your campaign and you’ll be amazed by how many others will want to know her too. And then once your campaign is over, you’ll receive a cheque almost immediately! No quarterly payments, means no more opening the mailbox every day for months! Check this out; if you’re fundraising for an event like a walk or run, you can plan your campaign accordingly and ta-da you’ll have your contribution well before the event.

 

  1. 4.    Make money while you’re out at the park with your kids.

Want to know how to make money while doing nothing? It’s easy! Once your campaign is over (remember, you choose how long you want your campaign to be; 30, 45 or 60 days) your campaign is still able to earn 5% commission on sales. So if there’s someone that wasn’t in the loop from the start and wants to support your cause, they can! During this Annuity Period you can focus your efforts on other fundraising efforts, like those darn chocolate bars if you must, BUT don’t forget about Mabel’s Labels. Be sure to keep telling others and then once the annuity is over, you can start another campaign and do it all over again. Or, take a break and come back when the time is best – our most popular seasons are Back-to-School, Camp or over the Holidays.

Have questions about our Fundraising Program? Email us at fundraising@mabelslabels.com or fill out a form here for more information.

Smoothies-Smooth or Stupid Move?

Should you be a smoothie monster? It’s true that you can hide a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables in any blender, even disguising spinach in this trendy drink. But while a few sips of this stuff may be worth a whole serving or two of fruits and vegetables, are they all they are still a healthy food?

It depends upon your goals.  While many weight loss regimes are touting smoothies as the holy grail amongst the myriad of weight loss tips, if you’re using a smoothie diet as your weight loss regime, you may actually be working against yourself.  Most contain 400 + of liquid calories and liquid calories are not processed by the brain as effectively as food that needs to be chewed.  You are made to sit down and work for your fuel, chewing sends the right satiety message to your body and brain.

Another issue with drinking your calories is that even healthy smoothies can be high in sugar.  Many have jumped on the green smoothie as a part of a healthy breakfast but most people put a high serving of fruits in their green drinks to disguise the taste of the veggies. All of that fruit equals sugar-(yes,even if it is all natural and from fruit). And fruit smoothies without veggies, can be high in calories and will spike blood sugar even higher. For healthy smoothie recipes, keep portions small and focus on proteins as well as nutrients from low cal vegetables.  Munch on handful of nuts to engage your brain and help beat the satiety odds, or add them to your smoothie.

If your goal is to smack as much into a kid’s mouth before rushing out the door, then the story is slightly different.  You still want to make sure they are only getting 1 or 2 servings of fruit, but because they can be very high in sugar you also want to focus on protein source.  Whey powder seems to be the most palatable for kids and many brands are now lactose free.  For vegetarian recipes, be sure to choose organic if you are using soy protein otherwise you are likely getting a genetically modified soy. Brown Rice and Pea protein are growing in popularity and are terrific sources too, albeit more expensive. Hemp protein can be gritty and green but it is a very nourishing option. It would be great to rotate your type of protein powder so you don’t get too much of a good thing, just be sure you choose a brand that doesn’t have sugar or other sweeteners since they add empty calories.

Another way to make healthy breakfast smoothies is to sneak in a few leaves of baby spinach, kale or even parsley or mint for some chlorophyll, fibre and phytonutrients. Add cinnamon for its anti-inflammatory properties and plain, unsweetened cocoa powder (great if you need to hide a color- if it looks chocolate, it is more likely to be accepted). Feel free to blend in some yogurt, Greek is best with its high protein count for protein smoothie recipes, but be sure to choose an unsweetened brand.

Here is a list of ingredients to make healthy smoothie recipes. Ask your child to circle their own concoction. You can’t really go wrong with mixing and matching fun and the process gives them some control over the outcome. And you know how I feel about giving the eating power back to the one who will have to manage it for life…right?

Follow these tips and a green smoothie really will be a part of a healthy breakfast. Bottoms up!

Liquid

Protein

Fruit

Veg

Flavourings

Milk Whey powder Berries Spinach Cinnamon
Almond milk Organic soy Banana baby kale Cocoa powder
Rice Milk Pea protein Pineapple parsley Vanilla extract
Greek Yogurt Hemp Protein applesauce carrot juice nutmeg
Coconut water Rice protein Cherries fennel fronds

 

About the Author:

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com

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