lunch box basics and banana bread milkshake

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


nut/seed butter, hard boiled egg, hummus, black bean dip, edamame, baked tofu


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

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~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!

banana bread milkshake ~vegan, gluten free, dairy free~

Banana Bread Milkshake

2 cups almond milk or milk of your choice

1 frozen banana

1/3 cup old fashioned oats

2 tablespoons walnuts

2 dates, pitted

2 tablespoons hemp seeds or flax meal

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

dash of cinnamon

~Blend and Enjoy~