Lunch Box Basics and Banana Bread Milkshake, Vegan and Gluten-Free

The best recipe for Banana Bread Milkshake
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Happy Labor Day!!!  

While the weather here has been a wash out, I hope everyone was still able to spend time with family and friends!  We managed to sneak out to the beach between rain drops.

As a kid, Labor Day always left me a sunken feeling in my stomach as it meant the end of summer. The night before the first day of school my mom would always sing me a song from the early 1900’s called “School Days” which would send me to tears.    I hated it and it still makes my skin crawl when I hear it!   She now sings it to my nephews and they hate it as much as I did, my mom just laughs! Anyway, enough about my traumatic childhood experiences…

I have a few more years before I have to worry about preparing school lunches however, I know it can cause a lot of stress on parents!

This school year follow these simple Lunch Box Basics to build a balanced meal for your kids!

(I found this idea on the Whole Foods website and thought is was too cute not to share!  I added a few more options to each category for variety)

Lunch Box Basics

Color + Protein + Crunch + Bonus = Perfect Lunchbox

Pick one from each category


  • apple slices, orange segments, grapes, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper slices, watermelon, blueberries



  • whole grain crackers, celery sticks, baby carrots, cucumber slices, rice cakes, dried edamame, air popped pop-corn


  • yogurt, apple sauce, all natural fruit strip, string cheese, trail mix, granola bar

Aim for 1/2 of the lunch box to be filled with fruits and veggies!

Don’t pack sugary juice boxes!  Send water, organic milk, non-dairy milk or coconut water instead 🙂

Here is a recipe that your kids will love for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack!

lunch box basics and banana bread milkshake vegan gluten free best recipe

Banana Bread Milkshake

The best recipe for Banana Bread Milkshake
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks, Kid food, Smoothies
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2
Calories: 263kcal
Cost: $3



  • Blend and Enjoy 🙂


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cristina Cavanaugh RD LDN
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