Kids Breakfast and Lunch Ideas: Week 5

‘Relieve some of that ‘back to school‘ stress with some easy meal prep each week!  It doesn’t take too much time or effort to prepare HEALTHY & nutritious meals for your kids.  Preparing breakfasts and lunches each week will change your life!’

Hello there meal prepping friends!  I’ve got a good for you this week that doesn’t include ANY “cooking”. 5 days worth of breakfasts in under 5 minutes!  Yes, you read that correctly.  Unfortunately, I was having a really really bad pain week.  This flare up started slowly, wasn’t sure which way it wanted to go, then unleashed on me :(.  When it came time to prep Makena’s breakfast for the week I needed something that didn’t require any thinking and only a brief time in the kitchen.  What’s are two of the FASTEST things to prep in the world?

Overnight Oats & Smoothie Packs!

Oats and smoothies are perhaps the most effortless “meals” you can whip up.  Not only are they a breeze to make, but extremely versatile also.  Basically you can throw in any flavor/extracts, fruit, toppings, and/or combination of favorites and it will all come out delicious!   For this week, we opted to do a combination of the overnight oats and smoothies because Makena seems to get a bit bored having a smoothie every day.  I figured since both were so easy to prep, we could switch it up during the week.  Two overnight oats and three smoothies worked out perfectly!

First up… overnight oats.

2 mason jars, oats, nutrient dense (and virtually flavorless so easy to hide) add ins, flavors, and milk.

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1/3 cup of oats in…

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Hemp hearts and chia seeds for a HUGE nutritional boost (fiber, protein, healthy fats including omega 3’s and 6’s, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, antioxidants, vitamin E, potassium, sulfur, iron and zinc).  Your kids will NEVER know these are in the oats.  They are extremely mild in taste and blend right in!

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In order to make the nutritional profile even better with oatmeal which tends to be much higher in carbs, lower in protein (kids NEED their protein too parents!) I always add a scoop of my daughters protein powder.  I’ve mentioned the KidzShake line many times before and we love it so much!  Oats and smoothies around here always call for protein and while my husband and I only use PEScience, this kids line is all we use for Makena.

Kids Protein

  • Provides Essential Minerals & Vitamins
  • Strengthens Immune System
  • Supports Digestive Health
  • Fills Nutrition Gaps
  • Helps Muscle & Bone Development
  • No Compromise Ingredients
  • Picky Eater Approved

In addition to the protein powder, I also add in the KidzSprinkles!  These are SO neat!  Loads of nutrition and again, your kids won’t even know it’s in their food.  We sprinkle this on anything and everything!

KidzSprinkles

  • Easy, sugar-free way to supplement kids with vital vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes, omega-3s and fiber.
  • Blends seamlessly into any meal or snack, so even picky eaters won’t taste it
  • Made of non-GMO ingredients, gluten free, nut free and egg free
  • Approved by Doctors and Dentists
  • 4 Billion cfu Probiotic Blend to support immune system and digestive health

Now its time to think about flavors!  Makena chose ‘double chocolate’ and ‘cake batter’ for these.  Easy and can still be made HEALTHY!  2 scoops of ‘Chocolate Cream‘ KidzShake and two scoops of ‘Vanilla Cream‘ into each jar!

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For the ‘cake batter’ oats, I added vanilla extract, butter extract, and 3/4 cup of cashew milk.

For the double chocolate oats I added a tablespoon of cacao powder (unsweetened), some vanilla extract,  and 3/4 cup of cashew milk.

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These get their lids and then I put them in the fridge until ready to eat!  In the morning when its oatmeal time just pop off the lid, and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.  Stir, check temp, reheat if necessary, and then add in a couple of more fun things like chocolate chips and SPRINKLES!!!  Can’t have cake batter anything without sprinkles right?  You don’t need a ton, just a teaspoon or so will do!

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OK so two days of overnight oats and now onto the three days of smoothies.

OMG, so easy.

First think about your flavors.  Makena wanted something with banana, something chocolate-y, and something to remind her of her beach in Hawaii (Makena beach on Maui of course).  And yes, she did tell me she wanted something that tasted like Hawaii haha!!!  What’s more tropical and Hawaiian than a pina colada?  Virgin of course:)

Grab zip lock bags and add in 1/4 cup of quick oats & 1 tablespoon each of flaxseed and chia seeds.  I also added a tablespoon of cacao powder to one to satisfy her chocolate fix.

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‘Pina Colada’ flavors… pineapple and coconut!  Fresh cut pineapple and some shredded coconut into the bag.

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‘Banana’… banana of course.  Duh.  But I also added 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter (all the taste & flavor of regular peanut butter but with less fat) to make this a ‘Chunk Monkey’ smoothie!

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Basic smoothie packs are ready to go.  Just throw these in the freezer and each morning add 8-12 ounces of milk to the blender, the frozen pack, and flavor extracts.  For ‘Chunky Monkey’ I added a splash of vanilla extract, for the ‘nutella’ pack I added a splash of hazelnut extract, and for ‘pina colada’ I used coconut milk and a splash of coconut extract.

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FIVE delicious, healthy, and nutrient dense breakfast options whipped up in less than 5 minutes.  CANNOT beat it!!!  My energy and body were thankful after this easy easy prep!

And now lunch time.  Monday thru Friday… this is what Makena ate:

MONDAY:

Turkey hummus wrap (smoked turkey slices, fresh garlic hummus, spinach, red cabbage, shredded cheese), chocolate almonds, Trisket crackers, hard boiled egg, and watermelon.

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TUESDAY:

Leftover cornbread tamale pie, mixed veggies & corn, blue corn tortilla chips, guacamole, and pineapple.

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WEDNESDAY:

PB & J, grapes, gluten free herb crackers, bell peppers.

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THURSDAY:

Leftover breaded chicken and herb roasted potatoes, radish, celery, Annie’s chocolate chip cookies, and apple slices.

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FRIDAY:

Makena bought a slice of pizza at school so the rest of her lunch was more nutrient dense.  Spinach salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette, jicama, hard boiled eggs, and grapes.

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Another successful breakfast prep & lunch ideas in the books!  This week I’m sharing another new lunch box find… PERFECT for picky eaters who do NOT like cold food. I’ve managed to find an option for leftovers and hot meals that we are testing out this week.  Expect a full review very soon.  Makena is one day two with the new lunch box system and so far, so good!

Be sure to check out my other breakfast & lunch ideas:

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

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EFFILIV BENTO BOX REVIEW

‘Unhappy with your kids current bento box?  If you’re in the market for a new lunch box for your kids, look no further!  This Effiliv bento lunch box is a GREAT option!’

Perhaps you noticed the new bento box we started using in last week’s breakfast and lunch prep?  Snazzy isn’t it?  I promised I would share the product, my thoughts, and what I like & don’t like so far so… here ya go!  Let me just preface this by saying there was absolutely nothing “wrong” with the bento box we had been using.  It was inexpensive (under $10), provided a variety of compartments, adjustable, and is a great size for both adults and adults.  The only ‘issue’ we had with it was because my daughters lunch sack is more long than it is tall, the only way we could get it to fit was to turn it sideways.  Some of her lunches weren’t a problem, but often times things would slip out of their compartments making things a little less fresh!  Everything was solved with this new box though!

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Looks big and fancy huh?  When I first began my search for a new bento box, the main thing I was looking for was size so we could avoid having to turn it sideways to fit.  It also needed to be big enough to use for Makena (age 10), have at least a few divided compartments (we are a family of nibblers), be sturdy/well made, BPA free, easy to clean, AND inexpensive.  This one fit ALL of our specifications and after almost 2 weeks now of using this Effiliv bento box, we are in LOVE.  It’s absolutely PERFECT for us!

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Seriously such a cute bento box!  It has three “levels”: bottom is the largest for the main meal portion, a middle section which serves as the lid for the bottom (and holds the reusable plastic silverware), and then the top which is divided into two areas.  I think I would have preferred an additional divided compartment (maybe have three VS two on the top level), but I’ve somewhat remedied that issue with using silicon cupcake liners to provide more spots to put snacks.  Since Makena is just like her mother when it comes to nibbling, the more compartments the better!  Easy fix though with this bento box.

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Quick snap lid is another small concern I have.  While the reviews on Amazon were overwhelmingly positive, a few people have mentioned their lids broke after a few uses.  Based on the 5+ days we have used the Effiliv, I think the handles/locks are sturdy enough to last just as long as my daughter isn’t too careless and rough when opening/closing the box up.  Locks up and opens perfectly though!

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This is the top ‘level’ which has the two divided areas.  Again, we sometimes  use the cupcake liners to separate more food options, but you could easily get away with the two areas for fruits, veggies, chips, cookies, cheese slices, crackers, pita chips, and any other snacks your kids love.

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Middle ‘level’ is a shallow tray to house the plastic utensils or you could probably use it to store thinly sliced foods as well.  After only using this box for 3 days, can you believe Makena managed to LOSE the knife???  She let her friend borrow it who then ended up throwing it in the trash (she thinks).  Gggrrrr.  Part of me wants to buy a set of utensils just so all three are available… YES, little things like this bother me LOL.  If its a set, I need to keep the set together.  Yup, my OCD is showing:)

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Bottom level is the main food compartment.  It’s a great size for older kids and/or adults who only pack lunch for one meal.  Deep enough for a thick sandwich, small salad, leftovers, slice of pizza, stir fry, and any other dish you could think of.  Nice and roomy!

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And just for reference because I found the measurements given on Amazon a little off… excuse the broken tape measure!  Considering we have at least 5 different ones under our roof, just my luck to grab this one.  I hope you can still get a good idea of the dimensions!

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The Effiliv is approximately 8″ wide, 5″ deep, and 4″ tall.  The top divided level is 5″ for the larger compartment and 3″ wide for the smaller one.  And both the food levels are 2″ in height.  Look how perfectly it fits into Makena’s Pottery Barn lunch box!

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So so so much better than the previous bento boxes we were using.  Having the ability to keep the box upright is key!  No spillage, no leakage, and no food changing compartments during transport.  The Effliliv has worked out amazingly well for us the past two weeks or so.  Very very pleased with this purchase!  Now I’m just crossing my fingers that it holds up.  But in all honesty though, for $11 on Amazon Prime… you can’t really go wrong at all!

Grab YOUR Effiliv HERE and ENJOY:)

Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Donuts

‘These protein packed peanut butter brownie batter donuts are easy to make, delicious, and GOOD for you’!

When life gives you lemons, make peanut butter brownie batter protein donuts!!!  Sounds completely reasonable to me!  Now, I’ve never been one to turn to food when I’ve had a bad day, something major happens in my life, or simply feeling less than optimal.  Food doesn’t help take away any ill feelings.  I’m not an emotional eater and never think of eating as reward OR punishment (insert HUGE pet peeve rant).  I simply eat to fuel & refuel my body, keep my organs and insides healthy, and because I don’t want to die.  Pretty simple and straight forward reasons to eat.

However… I also eat because its freaking FUN!  Eating should be ENJOYABLE!  And what’s more fun & enjoyable than DONUTS?  Donuts that are actually healthy, nutrient dense, and don’t eat up an entire meals worth of macros/calories!  These peanut butter brownie batter protein donuts are #1 high in protein for your muscles, #2 higher in fiber to help lower cholesterol/maintain heart health/regulates insulin response/and to help you feeling fuller longer, #3 low carb so you have extra macros for MORE carby deliciousness, and #4 they are just utterly irresistible.  One bowl, great to prep at the beginning of the week for a healthy daily treat, and ridiculously rich… you won’t even be able to tell these are actually GOOD for you!

Dry ingredients, wet ingredients, mix.

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If you want to add some extra flavor and texture IN the donuts like me use chocolate chips or even a favorite protein bar! I chose these ‘Peanut Butter Cream‘ from Detour… so soft and delicious!  I knew they would be perfectly melty and fun in these donuts!

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Just chop them up and toss them into the batter once its nice and smooth.  Stir to distribute and we are ready for donut making!  I LOVE my donut pan by the way… makes quick and easy donuts extremely accessible around here!

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A double donut pan would be ideal, but you gotta work with what you have sometimes!  Whether it takes double the time or not, these donuts are 100% worth the extra short bake!  Definitely.  OR you can also turn these into mini or regular sized cupcakes or even a loaf cake.  All are perfectly acceptable.

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Of course you could eat these as is and be extremely satisfied.  By why stop there?  I can’t think of very many donuts that don’t have a ‘glaze’ of some sort.  Who am I to argue with that?!  Make these 10X more rich and scrumptious with some melted dark chocolate.

Yes, please, and thank you.

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And sometimes you REALLY need to make food even more fun.  I’d usually opt for sprinkles at this point, but peanut butter.  Oh, peanut butter.  Can’t have peanut butter anything WITHOUT at least a little scoop, spoonful, or drizzle.

Mmmmm, luscious.  Come to mama.

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Yeah, I’m pretty confident about all this.  Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Donuts, thank you for being a part of my life and for making life FUN!

Chocolate Protein Donuts

Brownie Batter Protein Donuts

Serves 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Kodiak Power Cakes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons Kodiak 'Big Bear' Brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup chocolate MuscleEgg egg whites (or 2 whole eggs)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips (** TOPPING **)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (** TOPPING **)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons peanut butter of choice (** TOPPING **)

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a donut pan (6) with non stick spray.
2
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT chocolate chips and coconut oil) in a stand mixer or blender. Mix on high until smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes.
3
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. remove from oven and let cool slightly.
4
Prepare chocolate topping by adding chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small bowl. Microwave on high for 15 second increments until smooth. Stir between each heating.
5
Dip tops of donuts into chocolate and garnish with sprinkles, peanut butter, or chocolate chips if desired.

Note

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (makes 6 donuts): calories- 136, fat- 5 grams, carbs- 14 grams/fiber-3 grams, protein- 9 grams PER DONUT

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