Meal Plan Monday – Week Ending 12/04/2014

Meal Plan for week ending 112/04/2014

Monday

Breakfast: S’more Panini (used Momables homemade marshmallow fluff recipe here) and a banana

Lunch: Pb & J, grapes, broccoli, and a slice of pumpkin pie

Tuesday

Breakfast: Blueberry Biscuit, apples, and cheese

Lunch: Weelicious Cheesey Turkey Meatballs (recipe here), broccoli, apple slices, and Bitsy’s Brainfood Cookies (find more about them here)

Wednesday – Another sick day (that time of year)

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Thursday Another Sick Day again 😦

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Friday

Breakfast: Stoneyfield Yokids Squeeze, blueberries, and Naturebox Blueberry Almond Bites

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Pancakes, Cantaloupe, almonds, cheese, and Trader Joe’s Short-Cake Syrup

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***

Meal Plan Monday for week ending 11-28

Meal Plan for week ending 11/28/2014

Monday

Breakfast: Mini Cinnamon Rolls (Freezer Friendly recipe coming soon), White Cheddar Cheese, and Grapes

Lunch: Annie’s Home Grown Pizza rolls, baby pear, Whole Foods 365 fruit bar, and snap peas

Tuesday

Breakfast: Ate breakfast at home

Lunch: Turkey Pot Pies (Freezer friendly recipe coming soon), baby carrots, grapes, and Nature Box’s Blueberry Almond Bites

Wednesday

No School Holiday Break

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Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!

Breakfast: Blueberry muffin and a banana

Lunch: Wheat Crackers, nitrate free pepperoni, cheddar cheese, grapes, and baby carrots

Friday

No school for Holiday Break

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Lunch:

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***

Meal Plan Monday for week ending 11-21

Meal Plan for week ending 11/21/2014

Monday

Breakfast: Peanut Butter & Honey Panini, pear slices, and cheese

Lunch: Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese, apple slices, broccoli & baby carrots , and Pita Chips

Tuesday

Breakfast: Croissant, apple slices, and cheese

Lunch: Grilled cheese, pear slices, baby carrots, and a granola bar

Wednesday

Breakfast: GF Mini waffles, syrup, cheese, and apple slices

Lunch: Grilled cheese (request), apples slices, carrots, and pita chips

Thursday

Breakfast: Blueberry muffin and a banana

Lunch: Wheat Crackers, nitrate free pepperoni, cheddar cheese, grapes, and baby carrots

Friday

J stayed home sick, so no meals

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Lunch:

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***

My 1st Meal Plan Monday for the Week Ending November 14th, 2014

I am going to start posting meal plans from the previous week. Under categories on the right of this post look for “Meal Plan Monday”. I will have links to recipes, cookbooks (if available), and to where you can find products I used. I hope you enjoy this new feature on my blog

This week was short due to Veteran’s Day and I was sick.

Monday

No School – Day Off

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Tuesday

No School – Veteran’s Day

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Wednesday

Sick Day

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Thursday 

Breakfast: Nature Box’s Blueberry Almond Bites, Cheddar Cheese, and Apple Slices

Lunch: Weelicious’s Cheesy Turkey Meatballs, celery, apple slices, and a Nature Box Raspberry Figgy Bar

Friday 

Breakfast: Sprout’s Farmer’s Market Vegan Raisin Bran Muffin, cheddar cheese, and a banana

Lunch: Weelicious Crispy Chicken Bites (from her cookbook), green grapes, broccoli, and Nature Box’s Peanut Butter Nom Noms

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***

Leaf and Love Organic Lemonade

Disclaimer: Leaf and Love Organic Lemonade contacted me about doing a product review. I was send a package of their product. This was my only compensation, all views are my own and mine alone.

When I first got my package from Leaf and Love, I was super nervous. I am totally not going to lie, I am always nervous in reviewing products. The class I taught about fun Lunch Tips & Tricks at my church a few weeks ago had me so scared. However, My very wise and understanding soon to be 10-year-old son learned something.   This product started a dinner conversation that lasted almost a week and I was really happy this product made its way to our home for us to learn and try.

I have always been concerned about what I pack for my son’s meals. If you follow me on Instagram  you see I pack Breakfast and Lunch for my son. The weekends, I pack snacks and drinks for the kids. Some Saturdays, we are literally sprinting out the door. I have snacks in individual packs that I can just grab from our pantry,  some water and other drinks. We live 30 minutes from the closest store, so when we travel in for errands… we are there for most of they day Saturday. I just grab stuff and put it in the cooler bag and go, without a second thought, but I want healthy for all of us. I found out about Leaf and Love and was just super excited, an Organic Lemonade that was made with stevia. Our whole family just fell in love with this lemonade, it wasn’t over powering on sweet and tasted like you made homemade lemonade. We have had it with lunch, a snack in the afternoon, and also for me I had it with breakfast. It is a lemonade that tastes good with anything and won’t have you crash an hour after you drink it. My husband especially, he is not a sugar person at all. He waters juice down a lot 1/3 juice and 2/3 water, he just doesn’t like how it tastes or makes him feel.

My brain obviously started kicking into gear and I got my son (who has always talked of opening a restaurant) and we got to work. 20 minutes later, we had fruit cups. We packed them in our teeny tiny rubbermaid containers that come in a set and you never know what to do with them. I know glass is better, but when you have a pretty destructive 3-year-old in the house, glass isn’t the best. I keep a shelf in my fridge (the top shelf where all humans in the home 4 feet and above only can reach) that is filled with snacks on the go. Water bottles, yogurt, cheese sticks, small containers with a variety of fruits and vegetables. This just seemed like the best thing to add to the shelf.

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My son and I washed and cut up strawberries, a honey crisp apple, and some grapes. It didn’t take much fruit to create 4 fruit cups. We packed them in the lemonade.  My kids always want fruit cups, they only keep for a few days so I make them a few times a week. However, they are organic and have no High Fructose Corn Syrup  (HFCS).  My wonderful husband soon found out we packed them with the Leaf and Love lemonade and snuck 2 off to work. He loved them and they weren’t sugary and tasted so good with a granola bar after a 10 mile bike ride in the AZ heat.

I often pack apple and pear slices for my son’s lunch. The number one question I get is how to prevent the slices from turning brown.  I dipped them in juice. I tried to choose the lowest sugary juice I could and now I have a new friend to dip my already sweet fruit in. I tested it and there was no browning to the apples or pears. We packed snacks to take to a play date and 2 hours after I packed our snacks, they looked like I had just cut them.

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My son this past afternoon working hard on his science project research. He helped me work on fun recipes and had a blast. However, it was time to hit the books and he wants to get an A on his project so bad.

My son offered this awesome thought about Leaf and Love and it just warmed this momma’s heart so much. As he was helping me with the recipes we created, I mentioned that Leaf and Love was also friendly for kid’s with Type 1-Diabetes. He obviously, didn’t know what that was so I had to explain it in a way he would understand. The thought came to me, how this product is so awesome for kids with Type 1-D. I have some friends who have children with the T1-D, but I don’t know what diets the follow. What I do know, sugar intake has to be closely monitored and that is so true with kid’s who are growing and changing every day. A serving of sugary juice could affect a child in a small way and in a month a completely different reaction could occur. A child is always growing and changing and in that their body chemistry does as well.

Back to my conversation with my son, he pointed out when I started packing his lunch, he felt a little left out. We were really chaining what we ate in our home. No more artificial dyes and preservatives for us. He missed having the fun Sponge Bob yogurt and M&M’s to take to the movies. However, in 2 months time, he said he felt good. His choices were getting better and he didn’t miss the “fun foods”. He had a lot of options now, dye free candies and organic yogurt tubes. It took some research and finding the products that a kid would love. He no longer felt left out and pointed out how this juice box would help a T1-D child not feel left out. My son explained that when he would open his lunch box to find the “fun surprise” he would get excited. He said this juice box would be the fun surprise that a kid who missed having a juice box in his lunch. I just about cried at his sentiment, I never thought how a diagnosis would make a child feel about losing something like a juice box at lunch or a birthday party.

Again, I don’t know a lot about a day-to-day diet of a child with T1-D. However, I know the Co-Founders Amy and Sarah founded Leaf & Love with the desire to have a juice that was sugar-free, organic, and friendly to Type 1-Diabetes. Sarah’s daughter has it and the diagnosis led her down a road to meet Amy who wanted an organic and sugar-free juice for kids… since all kids are sweet enough.

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My daughter having Leaf & Love Lemonade, a Vegan Raisin Bran muffin, and organic carrots. Perfect afternoon snack

Leaf and Love is available on Amazon to order with free shipping through their Prime Membership. Feel free to visit Leaf and Love’s website to learn more about this amazing company. You can also find Leaf and Love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Below I have listed the recipes for the fruit cups and instructions to prevent apple and pear slices from browning. *These recipes and ideas I have seen on the internet. I have adapted them to use Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade. I tested both recipes and had wonderful results. 

Fruit Cups:

Fruits your child would like cut in to small cubes. I recommend, apples, grapes, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew melon. Fill in a small leak proof container, add Leaf and Love Organic Lemonade enough to cover all the fruit and seal. It will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. If you want to pack them in a lunch, use “Glad Press and Seal” to seal off the cup or the section of your bento container.

Apple and Pear Slices:

Slice fruit up and soak in Leaf and Love Organic Lemonade for 3-5 minutes. Take them from the juice and let the excess juice drip off. Put in your child’s lunch container or snack bag. These will need to be kept cool. Pack the lunch or snack with an icepack will be required.

Stay tuned for the other fun creation my son and I came up with. I posted a small hint on Instagram. If you don’t follow me there, you can find me under @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2. Here is a sneak peek below for Monday there also might be a giveaway coming soon too.

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