School-Friendly Lunch Ideas For Your Vegan Kid
I have a love hate relationship with school lunches; when I make a really delicious, healthy one that actually gets eaten I feel like a deserve some kind of parenting medal, and on the days when I haven't grabbed enough groceries to fill all those little Tupperwares and we have 20 minutes before we have to be out the door, I literally want to fall to my knees and wring my hands at the sky (it's true, I do have a penchant for the dramatic!). The key to lunches is absolutely organization, but sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. That's why I've realized the uber importance of keeping some school-friendly staples in the cupboard so I'm not scouring labels in the a.m. for hidden allergens. Our school requires my son's lunches to be nut & sesame free, which is a challenge, considering that he is vegan. I pretty much should have shares in Made Good bars which are in his lunch daily, in either a granola bar or mini granola ball format. I recently discovered Vegan Robs Puffs, and so far I have not encountered any nuts or sesame, but oh MAN have I found delicious flavours that are seriously good for you. Our latest obsession are the brand's Moringa Puffs, which are made with moringa, tumeric and ginger among other wholesome ingredients, essentially a superfood cheesy! This summer I have been making a batch of Daiya Mac & Cheese and refrigerating single serve portions for easy grab n goes in the morning. Daiya is delish, but not overly abundant in nutrients, so I usually add some tempeh or tofu sliced in a separate container or on top of the pasta if my LO is feeling adventurous. You Love Fruit fruit circles (think healthy fruit roll ups!) are full of fibre and help avoid spoiled fruit at the end of the day (if they're not eaten at lunch, they're still good to go after school!). Seaweed Snacks are another great lunch box addition, contain B12 and other nutrients, and are super fun for kids to eat.