Thursday, November 2, 2017

Brown Bag Redo—Kids’ Edition

Paper lunch bags with red apple on school deskMost kids go to school about 180 days each year, which means you’re packing 180 lunches—or more, if you have multiple children. It’s natural about this time of year for old routines to get stale—for parents and kids.

Luckily, there are plenty of healthy and delicious Primal lunch choices for kids. Here you’ll find inspiration and a few helpful tips that will make packing kids’ lunches an easy task instead of a dreaded chore.

Leftovers Make Life Easier

Protein that can be eaten without utensils is perfect for school lunches, so make a double (or triple) batch for dinner and pack leftovers for lunch. Think chicken thighs and drumsticks, meatballs, skewers, meatloaf and sliced steak.

Maintain a Running List

It’s amazing how easy it is to blank out each week when it’s time to write a shopping list for school lunches. Here’s a simple trick: Make a list of lunches that you know your kids will eat and keep the list on your refrigerator at all times. Simply refer to your lunch list each week for lunch planning (instead of getting overwhelmed on Pinterest).

Keep the Sides Simple

If you have time to bake or cook homemade snacks, great! But there’s no reason to feel guilty if you don’t. Simple, whole foods are the healthiest and easiest option for school lunches. Fresh fruit, raw veggies, nuts, beef jerky, olives, cheese, and plain whole milk yogurt are all delicious options you can stock up on each week. For variety, include dip for fruit (like coconut butter) and/or dip for veggies (Primal Kitchen Mayo and Salad Dressings, pesto, tapenade, guacamole).

7 Lunch Box Menus

Primal Aviary

1. Chicken drumsticks + Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing for Dipping + Cherry Tomatoes + Olives + Carrot Sticks + Green Beans

Variations: Chicken thighs instead of drumsticks

 

Primal Aviary

2. Meatball + Cherry Tomato Skewers + Blueberries + Green Beans + Carrot Sticks

Variations: Add small mozzarella balls the skewers and pesto for dipping.

Tip: Make a few dozen meatballs and keep them in the freezer. To defrost, move meatballs into the refrigerator the night before.

 

Primal Aviary

3. Seaweed Snacks + Smoked Salmon/Lox + Avocado + Cucumber

Kids can assemble their own sushi wraps as they eat lunch!

Tip: To keep avocados green, drizzle a tiny bit of lemon or lime juice on top, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Pack a fork or spoon for kids to scoop out the avocado.

 

Primal Aviary

4. High-Quality Chicken/Turkey Deli Meat (or homemade deli meat ) Wrapped around Bacon, Lettuce, & Primal Kitchen Mayo + Hard-Boiled Egg + Olives + Fresh Berries with Coconut Butter 

Primal Aviary

5. Primal Pancake Sandwiches Filled with Nut Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter + Fresh Fruit + Beef Jerky

 

Primal Aviary

6. Salami Chips + Guacamole + Sliced Cucumber + Primal Cornbread 

Tip: Make salami chips by baking salami or pepperoni at 375º F for 8-10 minutes until crisp. Store overnight in an airtight container. Also, here’s how to keep guacamole green.

Variation: Pack bacon guacamole with cheddar chips.

 

Primal Aviary

7. Sliced Steak + Pesto + Mozzarella Cheese Sticks + Dark Chocolate + Nuts

Tip: Make steak the night before and pack leftovers for lunch.

Variation: Thread steak onto skewers with roasted vegetables, pack guacamole instead of pesto.

How do these lunches compare with your current routine? Ideas to add—for kids’ (or adults’!) lunch options? Share your favorite suggestions below, and thanks for reading, everyone. 

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Bring Blue Apron To Your Holiday Table

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron

If you’re looking for something unique to bring to a holiday gathering this year, consider a Blue Apron box for inspiration! Especially if you have family in town over the holidays, all the more reason to cook up a recipe together. I enjoy Blue Apron the most when I divide and conquer a recipe or two with friends.

While most Blue Apron recipes are intended to be served as gourmet dinners for two people or family-style for four, many of the recipes also make great appetizers (the empanadas!) or side dishes. This year they are offering special Thanksgiving Side Kits just for this purpose! I don’t know about you, but the last place I want to go during Thanksgiving week is the grocery store – skip the long lines and let your ingredients come to you.

The first 50 newbies wanting to give Blue Apron a try can get $30 off your order! Click here.

This latest Blue Apron dish – Spiced Cauliflower & Jasmine Rice with Poblano Pepper & Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce – was one of my all-time favorites! And as a vegetarian dish, I thought it would make an excellent addition to any holiday table.

The ingredients were all so GREEN! (So fresh and so green, yo.)

Check out this beauty of a cauliflower.

This recipe was simple to make, yet full of flavor. The cauliflower was cooked once in a skillet, then tossed in rice flour and a spice blend, and returned to the skillet for a second session to crisp it up.

Boy, did that sweet chili sauce make the recipe! That’s an ingredient I would not otherwise have had on hand, and I want to hunt some more down!

The spiced vegetables were served with crunchy roasted cashews, nutty jasmine rice, and a cool cilantro-yogurt sauce that I could not get enough of.

This dish was great as a light dinner (and even better for lunch the next day!), but as a side dish at this year’s Friendsgiving I know it will be a hit as well.

With Blue Apron you can sign up to have all of your fresh ingredients to be delivered right to your doorstop – always with free shipping – and chef-inspired recipes ready to make a date night or a dinner party a huge success. Blue Apron has made me a better cook, and so many of their recipes have been hits. We make this Blue Apron meatloaf all the time, and we’ve re-made their pizza, their panko salmon, the potatoes in the fish recipe in this post, and a handful of other recipes several times. If you haven’t yet, give it a try for $30 off! The first 25 readers to sign up here will get the discount.

What’s your favorite holiday dish to cook?

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Tel Aviv Night Run 10k Recap

What a blast! Put the Tel Aviv Night Run in my top 10 favorite races!

Ok, so, truthfully, I’m typically not much of a night runner. I’m a grandma and usually go to bed before the race’s start time, but, wow, the energy at this 10k was something else. The second that we arrived at the event, you could FEEL it. It was quite the party atmosphere with lights and music, and it immediately made me excited to run the race.

Vibe Israel hooked us up with access to the VIP tent, so we didn’t wait in line for the bathroom and it was a good spot to meet everyone before and after the race.

Our group of influencers possessed a mix of fitness experience – some of us were runners, some of us were… not. Charlie runs marathons (she has 3 on her calendar right now!), but Rebecca, Danny , and Jorge had never run a 10k. They were actually kind of nervous about the whole thing, so we decided to run together for moral support.

Right before the start of our wave (there were 25,000 runners), our group photographer led us right to the front of the start to try to get some photos.


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Minutes later, we were off and running, and, whoa, it was crazy (and kind of terrifying). Being in the front of a huge, crowded race was nuts, especially with runners bumping into us and flying by. It was exciting to say the least!


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Unfortunately, with the craziness of the start, we lost Jorge almost immediately, but he finished his first 10k with a huge smile on his face!

By the time we reached the first 1/2 mile, the crowds lightened up quite a bit and the four us were able to stick together for the rest of the race. Charlie and I paced our group, and she gave us mileage updates all along the way. The course was pretty flat with a couple of small hills and weaved throughout the city, which was quite happening for a Tuesday night. There were lots of people dining al fresco and hanging out at bars while spectating the race. There was also plenty of music, lights, and crowd support – it definitely felt like a party at times!

Once we passed the halfway mark and realized we could break 60 minutes, we slowly started to pick up the pace. As we got closer and closer to the finish, our pace continued to increase and concluded with an all-out SPRINT on the final 100 meters over the finish line. We finished just over 57 minutes, and I am SO PROUD of Rebecca and Danny for completing their first 10k with such a strong finish, especially since they were so apprehensive at the start of the race. They really crushed it!

Once we finished, we received our glittery medals and headed to the VIP tent for snacks, beer, and plenty of celebration!

What a fun night! The Tel Aviv Night Race is definitely one for the books! If you’re thinking about visiting and want to add a little fitness to your itinerary, I highly recommend keeping this race in mind. It was such a fun way to experience the city!

Question of the Day

Have you ever run a race in another country? If so, which one(s)?

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