Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easy Easter Toddler Lunch

A quick post for a quick and easy Easter Toddler lunch!

We made had a busy day and I made my daughter a quick lunch to go. We packed cheese sandwiches shaped like Easter eggs and Easter chicks with help of the cute plungers below, and also had apples, a cereal bar and bunny shaped chocolate chips.

This lunch was made with the following:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Lunches

Today is the last day of school before spring break and I made the kids special lunches for the occasion! I am also reading to my son's class about the Spring Equinox and cultures all over celebrating the beginning of spring. I made them Easter themed lunches since we will be celebrating Easter next week :)

We packed a celery and carrot garden, oranges and two shaped peanut butter pockets.

I also found a sweet Lunchbox Love Card to match our Easter theme!

The other lunch we packed were a left over cinnamon roll, oranges and two oven baked pancakes. They also packed a mini dipper with syrup and a Chobani Champions Banana Honey yogurt. Easter breakfast in Easylunchboxes!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quick Lunches

Time was not on my side this morning and we had to make lunches fast.
Everyone was helping and instead of the lunches I had planned we ended up with a quick Panda and a quick lamb lunch on the fly.

We packed CuteZCute Panda sandwiches for my 5th grader in our Easylunchboxes with sunflower seed crackers, carrots and celery with ranch dressing (in the panda cup) and popcorn. I also packed ice water and a frozen Chobani Blueberry tube (not pictured).

My second grader packed a half a Fun to Eat Fruit Apple, popcorn (can you see the peek-a-boo lamb?), a peanut butter sandwich with a sheep ring and a granola bar fence. He also has ice water and a frozen Chobani tube. We also added some extra love with a Lunchbox Love Card :)

What I used to make this lunch - click picture for more info:


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Toddler Lunch

Happy First Day of Spring!

We packed a simple bento box with bunny sandwiches, celery, carrot flowers and cheddar bunnies.
And to make lunch more fun today we added a Lunchbox Love Card and two bunny rings.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My favorite Subscription Boxes: Part 2: Fun To Eat Fruit & {GiveAway}

Today we are featuring Fun To Eat Fruit in our Favorite Subscription Boxes Series and as a bonus you can win some delicious fruit delivered to your door step! Courtesy of Fun to Eat Fruit!

As I stated in Part 1 of our series, I love getting fresh healthy snacks delivered to my door that I can feel good about giving to my family. And freshly picked fruit is as healthy as it gets! Fun to eat Fruit is a family-owned business in New Hampshire dedicated to encouraging healthy eating habits for both kids and adults. They deliver delicious fruit all year long and you can see their fruit calendar HERE. They are not a subscription service you have to sign up for. You can just order fruit through their website as you please but I wanted to include them in this series because I love the idea of fresh fruit delivered to your door as a healthy snack - delivered in a box!

They generously sent me two tubes of apples to review.
Granny Smith apples with a clover motive and Red Delicious with a funny bean motive.

The apples were carefully packaged in tubes (which are eco-friendly! These are great for storing anything from paper clips to pens and coins or you can recycle them of course). 

Or you can store seasonal bento supplies in them like I did! I love reusing things and finding great storage solutions for all my cookie cutters and decorations!

But back to the apples! When I opened the tubes of apples the aroma escaping was amazing and the apples taste just the same - wonderfully delicious.

Plus, all the apples looked beautiful as well. They come pre-washed and ready to eat and all you have to do is store them in a cool place or the fridge in their tube. We had ours for 4 weeks and are just finishing up the last apple today and it tastes, looks and smells just as fresh as the one we ate the very first day!

You can buy 8 pieces of fruit - delivered in two tubes for $12 or up to 8 tubes with 32 pieces of fruit for $48 plus shipping and tax. A great addition to our snack rotation and the taste and freshness was superior to anything I am able to buy in stores in my area!

I love Granny Smith apples and these were so tart but also sweet enough for my kids to love them as well! We really loved their taste and they were gone fast!

We did have a chance to pack them for lunch of course and here are the lunches we made:

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Aren't they just the perfect addition for lunch?

We also received juicy Red Delicious Apples and they were crunchy, juicy, sweet and had the fresh from the orchard taste we all love! Plus, the funny bean made my kids giggle!! At the end of the post you can win some delicious Fun To Eat Fruit to try yourself! 

Today's lunch includes half a Red Delicious Apple with Funny Bean motive that matched my "Spring into Spring" lunch perfectly! We also packed cheddar bunnies, a peanut "bunny" sandwich and some celery grass with carrot flower. One happy spring lunch!

Fun To Eat Fruit generously offered to send one of my readers a 16 piece prize pack containing 8 pears and 8 apples with fun motives! All inked images are edible (of course) FDA approved and kosher!

Good Luck!
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Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Snack

I packed myself a St. Patrick's Day snack in our ECOlunchbox today:

The perfect snack to keep going after a busy morning!

Half a Granny Smith Apple with clover design from Fun Fruit To Eat,

Delicious graze Apricot Torte snack with green grapes and 

a yummy Pumpkin cereal bar with green pumpkin seeds.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Lunch {with Cracker Recipe}

Three more days until St. Patrick's Day! We cannot wait for corn beef and cabbage and are happy to have a couple more days to pack a lot of clover and green in our lunchboxes!

We packed our yubo today filled with a corn muffin with fruit leather detail, some No Bake Oatmeal Cocoa Cookies from yesterday, two clover shaped sandwiches with green dye-free tortilla and mayo and mustard on the side and some home made clover shaped Ritz crackers.

Home made Ritz Crackers you say? You think they were extremely hard to make, took hours to bake and are only to be attempted on a long weekend? Wrong!

I found the recipe for the home made Ritz crackers on Instagram. The very talented Stefanie Newcomb (aka @stefanienewc) posted the recipe. She is an amazing belly, birth and baby photographer (find her website here) and also happens to make amazing lunches and food art (check her Facebook!). Well, and she posted a short, simple recipe and had me intrigued.

The kids and I were so pleasantly surprised on how simple they were to make, how much the kids could help and how very very yummy they were. So without further ado, here is the recipe I have been raving about:

Home Made Ritz Crackers
(Recipe courtesy of Stefanie Newcomb)

2 cups of flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
Pulse in food processor, then add
6 tbs margerine
2 tbs oil
1/2 cup of water 

Combine all in food processor. Roll out as thin as possible and cut out with cookie cutters.
Bake 10-12 min at 400 degrees. After baking brush with some melted margarine and salt if desired.

Thank you for sharing this recipe, Stefanie :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

No Bake Oatmeal Cocoa Cookies

The other night we all wanted needed cookies after dinner and I was browsing the internet for a simple and quick cookie recipe when I found these delicious sounding Oatmeal Cookies from Quaker Oats. Simple ingredients. No baking and done in under 3 min. Yes! Yes! and Yes!
3 min later these were cooling by the window:

And they were delicious but too sweet for my taste. How could they not with 2 cups of sugar in the recipe. However, I did not want to give up on them since they were so simple, so good and had ingredients that I always have on hand. So I decided to make a healthier version and try and see how they would come out.

I cut the sugar in half and replaced the white sugar with light brown sugar and swapped out the butter with margarine. Well, and added a few things.

Look at these cookies. They were even better! My family - yes, including the kids - liked the new version better since it tasted more like cocoa and we all agreed the first cookies were just too sweet.

So here is the new and improved recipe:

No Bake Oatmeal Cocoa Cookies:

  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 stick of margarine
  • 1/2 cup of 1% milk
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa
  • 3 cups of quick oats
  • 1/2 cup of mini dark chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
Lay out parchment or wax paper for cookies to cool on.

Add brown sugar, margarine, milk, and cocoa to a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 3 min under constant stirring. Remove pot from heat and add quick oats, slivered almonds and 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips to the pot and vigorously stir until all ingredients are well combined.

Immediately, using a teaspoon, spoon mixture onto parchment paper - just like cookie dough. Top cookies with a few mini chocolate chips each and enjoy. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My favorite Subscription Boxes: Part 1: NatureBox

I love Snack Subscription Boxes. I really do. They are convenient and make it to your house even when you don't make it to the store and there is always something everyone likes. Especially me. I mean, I just love to open my door and find a box of healthy delicious snacks on my door step that I feel good about giving to my family.

And because I like  my subscription boxes so much I wanted to share my favorite ones with you. Maybe one of these will become your favorite snack box in the future :)

Part 1: Naturebox

Naturebox is a monthly subscription box that provides you with 5 full sized snacks for $19.99/month. Their snacks are made with wholesome ingredients and are minimally processed if at all and they are simply good delicious amazing.

This is what you will find in your Naturebox: 
  • 5 delightful full sizes snacks and
  •  a recipe card with a delicious recipe using one of the snacks from the fantastic Laura from Momables

I always save my recipe cards since they have lots of information and a great recipe (and once you are a subscriber you have also access to the choose your own snack box - see below- and can re-order your favorites and the recipe card will come in handy again!)

So what are examples of Naturebox Snacks? You can see them all HERE and the above pictured snacks were in my January box! We loved them all without exception and have already ordered some of them in our Choose Your Own box again!

After you are a member you can choose your favorite Naturebox Snacks or those your friends are raving about starting with your second box. Since you should try some snacks first before you build your own :)

Your Choose Your Own Snacks box will just contain your snacks and no recipe card. We choose our all time favorites which were:

  • Masa Chips (of course! and yes, I was tempted to just order five bags of those, lol)
  • Cranberry Almond Bites
  • Cinnamon Spiced Almonds
  • Cashew Power Clusters and
  • Dark Chocolate Berry Trail Mix, yum!

And for Easter NatureBox is also offering a great 7 snack deal so you can share with everyone in your family and maybe even friends and family from out of town without having to become a member!! It is a one box deal and a great way to see if you love NatureBox as much as we do!

We love Naturebox and my kids love finding Naturebox treats in their lunchboxes!

To be continued...

Look for Part 2 of our series about Subscription Boxes next week!

Monday, March 11, 2013

St. Paddy's Day ECOlunchbox

Today's St. Patrick's Day lunch is packed in our Three-in-one ECOlunchbox:

St.Patrick's Day School Lunch -

We packed clover shaped bread on salad with pepperoni and mayonnaise (in the little clover container) in the lower tier, and crackers, clover shaped cheese and cucumber flowers in the second tier. My daughter also has ice water and a yogurt as well as a delicious fun to eat fruit Granny Smith apple with a clover print. {Stay tuned for a review!}

St.Patrick's Day School Lunch -

Things I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Easy St. Paddy's Day Lunches

I wanted to show you today how easy and it is to transform a regular lunch into a St. Patrick's Day themed lunch with minimal decorations and basically no extra time.

All you need is a few St. Patrick's Day cupcake rings. I bought mine from a friend who lives near a cake decorating store but if you don't have one nearby these are also available on Amazon (links below the post).

Next, I packed a plain lunch in our Easylunchbox with trail mix, no bake energy balls, oranges and a Pepperoni and Salad Sandwich and simply added the rings as decorations. Easy :)

Same with our yumbox: The food is simple: No bake energy balls, a cereal bar cut in half, apple slices and some mini carrots, oranges and the same home made trail mix plus the three cupcake rings.

I even added a special touch to my husband's lunch today. He has the trail mix, energy balls, carrots as well and a chicken with salad wrap. Even just one small decoration can make this lunch more special.

That was easy! Right?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

ECOlunchboxes Review and Giveaway

When I started this blog nearly two years ago, one of my big goals was to pack lunches waste-free in eco-friendly, reusable containers. Growing up in Germany everyone had a reusable lunchbox and disposable lunches were frowned upon - even way back when ;)

We have made an effort to ban all juice boxes, baggies and pre-packed snacks from our home although as a busy Mom I am certainly not always perfect.

The Three-in-One ECOlunchbox is a great lunch box and definitely has made it's way into my favorite lunch boxes to pack stack. And I am very exited that ECOlunchboxes has agreed to send one of you the Three-in-One as well! Enter my giveaway below for your chance to win!

ECOlunchboxes are stainless steel lunchboxes made in India. 
They are dishwasher safe, food safe and lead free.

The Three-in-One Lunchbox consists of three parts which can be used separately as well.

The bottom layer is designed to fit a whole sandwich, the second tier is perfect for cut up fruit, veggies, salad or pasta and the small inner box is designed to hold 1/2 cup of wet foods like thick applesauce, fruit or salads.

I mostly use the small inner container for nuts or snack mixes since there is always a chance of leaking when the box is jostled since it is only pressure fitting and not 100% leak proof. My boys are not always very gentle with their lunch gear and to avoid accidental spillage I only pack really moist food when I use the box. I packed some for myself the other day and it was great for thick homemade applesauce!

I have grown quite fond of the small inner box and often use it for a quick snack on the go or to pack food my kids like separate from the other food like cheese or filled crackers.

Overall, I think this is a great lunchbox for all stainless steel loving lunch packers out there and I love the versatility and separate use possibilities of the small container and top layer. The only two things to consider are that the small inner box is not 100% leak proof and the container does not seal completely which makes it not a great container for packing lunches far in advance since air does get in as you can see in the first picture.

I packed two recent bento lunches in just the top layer and loved to be able to use the Three-in-One as just one layer bento box as well:

Did I convince you yet?

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