Ah yes its that time again, back to school!! For some an exciting time but for a few of our customer who have shared with us that they are a bit stressed about what to send their children to school with as far as raw and or vegan lunches and snacks go, they wanted a bit of guidance. Here are some fabulous ideas that are tried, tested and happily enjoyed by both younger and older children ( we may have had a nibble here and there ourselves!!)
Snack Ideas: ( because the raw/vegan often contains nuts be sure to be aware if there are any “nut bans” in your child’s classroom)
* If nuts are a go, an easy snack that can be made ahead in large batches is flavoured dehydrated raw nuts. Soak any type of raw nut for about 20 mins and rinse well. Place in a mixing bowl with your choice of flavours. We like cilantro lime, raw cacao and coconut oil, agave vanilla. The choices are endless. Simply mix well and dehydrate for 6-8 hours.
*Fruit roll ups are always a hit with kids but these fruit rolls ups are made with only fruit, nothing else. Using your fruit of choice, or a combination simply blend until pureed and pour onto your teflex sheet covered dehydrator tray in round circular shapes. Dehydrate for 8-12 hours (some fruits take longer than other so check periodically)
* Veggies and dip is another great one, a raw dip can be made rather quickly out of zucchini, tahini, lemon, olive oil and sea salt.
* For a sweeter snack try Raw chocolate nib cookie dough balls (blend together 1 cup of raw cashews with 1/2 cup of oat groats then add 2 tbsp of agave and 1 tbsp of yacon syrup( or more agave) continue blending and add 1 tsp of vanilla powder, stir in 1/4 cup of raw cacao nibs, roll mixture into small balls and place in fridge) Yum!
*Celery sticks can be filled with either raw nut butters and raisins or goji berries, or raw nut pate
*Raw crackers and guacamole,salsa or hummus
*Raw zucchini pasta ( spiralized zucchini with a raw pesto or tomato sauce)
*Of course salads of any kind ( fruit, cabbage, greens etc)
*For older kids pack a “do it yourself” wrap using collard greens, nut pate, avocado,tomato. The child can stuff and wrap their own, this often gets the other students curious!!
*Kale chips!!! So many varieties 🙂
*Smoothies and fresh juices are great as well as long as they are packed appropriately of course
Hopefully we have provided a few ideas that will help you get on your way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for yourselves and children too, while of course keeping things tasting and relatively easy 🙂
What are some of your kids favourite lunches and snacks?