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{Operation Lunch Bag} J&L’s Typical Bagged Lunch

As you know, I’m on a mission to come up with amazing bagged lunches so that my boys are proud of their healthy fare when all the other kids start pulling out their roll-ups (more sugar than actual fruit), granola bars (more preservatives than actual granola), and goldfish crackers (ingredients more fishy than an actual goldfish).

I am happy to report that my über-healthy chocolate pudding cups are in their final testing stages (and very child-approved).  In addition, I’ll soon be posting a fantastic Chia Cookie recipe that although my husband thought tasted like dirt, the boys and I rather enjoyed.

But for now, here is a snapshot of what a day in the life of a sugar-deprived five-year-old actually looks like!

My Kids’ Typical Lunch:

  • Cut-up Veggies (cucumber, carrots, bell pepper)
  • Trail Mix (organic raw almonds, pepitas and raisins)
  • Plain Greek Yogurt (organic and full of protein) & Homemade Granola (organic oats, pepitas, flax, chia seeds, wheat germ, brown rice syrup)
  • I give the boys one treat each day — this day it was a juice box (since they usually only get water). Sensible Sippers are a blend of 50% organic juice and 50% water. I could just make my own diluted fruit juice on “juice days” but the boys think it’s a big treat to have an actual juice box. Other days, the treat may be a Chia Seed Brownie, a chocolate pudding cup, or an Oat Flour Cookie (recipes coming soon!).

Of course there is some sugar in the raisins, the granola and the fruit juice. But it’s natural and minimal. In fact, this lunch box contains a total of 608 calories and while packing a mean 38 g of body-building protein, 58 g of stable energy (slow-burning) carbs, and 28 g of brain-growing fats, it only has 31 g of sugar.

Let’s compare that to the average Wonder Bread PB&J sandwich, fruit punch juice box, apple, and a single serving packet of goldfish crackers.  With 910 calories, that carb-heavy lunch is spiking a kids blood sugar levels with a whopping 159 g of (mostly refined) carbs and a craze-inducing 95 g of sugar!  And worst of all, only 16 g of protein fighting to try and keep things balanced (and failing).

Which one would you choose?!

If you’re looking for simple ways to make a lunch healthier, for either you or your child, include more veggies, omit any snacks that have more than 10g of sugar per serving, and always aim for whole grains instead of refined grains (i.e. wheat flour).

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

Stay tuned for this week’s {Operation Lunch Bag} recipe, no-sugar Chia Cookies! And if you missed it, check out last week’s Chia Seed Brownies.

Discussion

5 thoughts on “{Operation Lunch Bag} J&L’s Typical Bagged Lunch

  1. You’re amazing Tash! Such a great mum! It is so important that we teach our children healthy living. I am thankful to my own mother for it and have passed it on to my own children.

    Posted by Genevieve | September 1, 2011, 9:05 pm
  2. Good job Tash!

    Posted by Natalie B | September 2, 2011, 3:10 am
  3. Amazing lunch options. I will be doing the same when Sydney is going to school full days:) Keep the inspiration coming friend!

    Posted by Melissa | September 3, 2011, 10:14 am
  4. This looks fantastic! My kids would love to take this lunch…..they are usually the ones at school who are envied and made an example of because of their nutritious and yummy lunches. The only problem is coming up with nut and sees and now egg ides…..it does get frustrating!

    Posted by Jacqueline | May 15, 2012, 4:08 am
    • My latest craze is packing a natural (no sugar added) organic peanut butter sandwich but sprinkled with chia seeds inside! The chia seeds offer some crunch and the pb is great protein. Of course, I use a sprouted grain bread. :)

      Posted by Natasha (Domestica) | May 15, 2012, 6:11 am
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