What to pack for school lunches and snacks?
To plan snacks and lunches for kids, keeping wellbeing and sustainability in mind, is very simple. Below, I have included one example of a healthy meal from my upcoming book “Bring Your SuperHeroes to School” to spark up your inspiration. Using reusable containers, utensils, and water bottles on daily basis is another way to show love for nature and stay on budget.
First Snack: Orange
Lunch: Merengue Millet (recipe below)
Second Snack: 5 Celery Sticks, 2 Medjool Dates and an Apple
Tool: hand mill grinder
4 Garlic Cloves
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Tomato or few Cherry Tomatoes
1 Zucchini (medium)
1 tbsp Coconut Oil (optional)
1 cup Millet
Precook 1 cup Millet with 4 cups of water day before for 40 minutes with some Himalayan Salt and 1 tsp Turmeric.
- Sauté Onion (finely chopped) in a ceramic coated pan or stainless steel pot until soft for 7 minutes.
- Add minced Garlic, and continue to sauté for another 3 minutes.
- Then add finely chopped Bell Pepper for another 5 minutes, keeping the lid on and heat on very low.
- Zucchini is added after is peeled and grated for few minutes with 1 tsp of Himalayan Salt.
- Tomatoes (diced) are mixed in at the end and well combined.
- Finish off with adding precooked Millet. Mix well.
- As a dinner option this meal pairs great with Fennel Salad. Fennel Salad can be done simply by slicing Fennel on a mandolin slicer very thinly with dressing of Lemon Juice. Another great side dish are Leeks, washed and cut into 1/4 inch circles and then sautéed plain in a bit of water for 10 minutes in a flat wide pan. Pepper and Salt are added to Leeks to taste.
I would like to express gratitude to all farmers who are growing whole and natural food, using best possible practices to honour and preserve land. Also, I would like to extend a special thanks to The Little Garden Company (www.thelittlegardencompany.ca) who has provided my family with ethically grown local produce and for their commitment in providing the support to the community in establishing their own gardens.