Apples!!!!

We love love apples in our family. My youngest son eats at least three apples a day. Last year he was still in preschool and I had to pack lunch and snack for him. Everyday he would ask for the same snack which was apples of course. But when he came home the apples where untouched. He then told me that he does not like it when the cut apples turn brown. I tried squeezing lemon juice, since the citric acid keeps the apple from turning brown but then the taste changed and still he did not eat it. Finally I started putting the apple as it is in his lunch box. The only thing was that it barely fit with all the other boxes in there so sometimes I could not close his lunchbox all the way through.
This year he is in kindergarten and at his school they have squirrel problems so his lunchbox has to close all the way or the little hungry squirrels will eat his lunch. While researching I found out (again on the website momables) that if you use the product Eat Cleaner to keep the apples from browning. Eat Cleaner is an all-natural, tasteless and odorless produce and food cleaner.  Because it has citric acid in it, it also keeps produce and fruit from browning! This is a 2 in 1 product: you can clean your produce from nasty pesticides, waxes and dirt (even organic!) and use it to keep the food fresh.
So I just ordered a bottle and will see how turns out!  anything to keep apples in the lunchbox:)

Josiane

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Back to School!!!

Summer flew by so fast this year! I can’t believe I did not even post one single thing since June. I am so sorry I know I have promised to post activity ideas and take you along our summer journey, but I guess spending more time with my kids was more of a priority. I just needed more time with the kids and less time on the computer.
But here we are again rushing for last minute forgotten school supplies, uniforms/clothes, shoes…. oh and worst of all for me is the lunch planning. I like to try and plan every weekend the lunches, this way I am not panicking in the morning about what to pack. I make a list on Saturday or Sunday with the help of the kids and we shop for them.
I have picky eaters and it is a challenge to pack different lunch/snack everyday when your kids don’t eat everything. So here I am again frantically searching on blogs, pinterest pins etc. anything I can find to get any new ideas. Finally I called my family to a “meeting”. We have these whenever we need to discuss important issues. My aim was to create a large list of food they like and we can go back to it on weekend and pick 7 items from the menu list . After an hour of brainstorming and going back and forth, all we could come up with was a list of five lunch ideas, yes only 5!!! but it is something to start with right?!
I am still hoping I can get hem to add some more to the list, meanwhile I will try to get by the first week of school which is only 3 days, so our 5 menu list should be enough for now:)
At the end of the post I am pasting some tips from two different blogs, the first one has 30 lunch ideas and the second has tips for packing lunches, hoping it will help moms like me who struggle with lunches everyday.
Good luck and Keep Learning !!!!

 

My Kids’ List:

1- Homemade Pizza

2- Ham and cheese sandwich

3- Turkey and cheese roll-up tortilla

4- Lahm Baajen ( Lebanese recipe can post if anyone is interested, mainly ground meat with onions on a dough)

5- Banana Zuchini Bread ( not sure I consider this as lunch but will add it for now, makes my list a bit longer:)

With lunch I always send fruits and vegetables.
Fruits: grapes , strawberries, cut oranges , apples.
Veggies: snap peas , carrots , broccoli slaw, cucumbers.

Helpful Links

First link : This is a mom of 7 and has some helpful tips and ideas for packing school lunches. Check her out
http://www.staceysmotheringmoments.com/2013/01/packing-school-lunches/
Second link is to 30 different school lunch ideas:
http://www.peanutblossom.com/blog/2013/08/lunchbox-recipes.html/

 

Create Memories!!!!
Josiane Sawaya