This post is for all of those that wanted to attend but couldn’t. Although we cannot recreate the atmosphere in 2D text, we can share with you some of the valuable take-away’s promised to those who attended. For those of you who were there, thank you for making that experience amazing!
To set the scene Dr. Peets Talbot reviewed taught the simple Red Light Green Light method of foods that should be included in a lunch box and those that should be left out!
- Glycemic Index, excess sugar and label reading
- How to handle a picky eater: make it fun, let them help, put it on a stick and don’t quit trying new foods
- Food allergies and intolerances: common symptoms and behavior related issues
- Demo lunches (see pics and lunchbox idea list below)
It was an afternoon of learning, fun and food. As promised please see the recipes and resources below.
Bright green on the inside, chocolate dusted on the outside, these energy balls are the perfectly sweet treat need after a wholesome packed lunch. They will not melt in your child’s snack container and do not require an ice pack, however, they may have messy fingers and ask you to make more!
1 14oz Jar of 88 Acres Pumpkin Seed Butter
1 ½ C Shredded Coconut (Can sub ½ C of almond flour if nuts are ok)
¼ C Coconut flour
¼ C Honey
Raw Cacao powder for dusting
Mix all ingredients except the raw cacao powder with a wooden spoon. Roll into balls by the tablespoon full. Keep refrigerated.
Coconut Flour Cookies
(with or without chocolate chips)
When you need a nut free cookie look no further! We used Erin’s recipe at WellPlated with sunflower seed butter and they are amazing. Don’t be concerned if they are green on the inside, that’s what happens when you mix sunflower seed and baking soda…besides, green is fun!
1/2 sunbutter (or other nut butter of choice)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 Flax Eggs ( 2 Tbsp ground flax and 6 Tbsp water)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup chopped dairy free chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Place the sunbutter, coconut oil, and coconut sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until smooth. Add the flax eggs and vanilla and process again until evenly combined.
Sprinkle the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt over the top. Sprinkle in the coconut flour. Process again until the mixture forms a smooth dough, stopping to scrape down the ball once or twice as needed. Using a spoon or spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips.
With a small cookie scoop or spoon, portion the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheet. With your fingers, lightly flatten the dough, as it will not spread during baking.
Bake for 7 minutes or until the cookies turn barely golden brown at the edges and feel lightly dry. They will be very soft. Let cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, and then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Check out full recipe notes HERE
LUNCH BOX IDEAS LIST
Lunch Box Option 1
Lentil pasta in tomato sauce (and hidden pureed squash)
Raspberries + clementine
Hail Mary’s coconut chocolate macaroon
Lunch Box Option 2
The “lunchable” (Daiya cheese slices, Applegate Farms organic sliced meat and Mary’s Gone Wild crackers)
Apple, grapes + sunflower butter
Red pepper with hummus
Go raw ginger cookies
|Lunch Box Option 3
Turkey roll up (Applegate Farms Organic Turkey in Siete or GF wrap)
Raspberries + clementine pegs
Cucumber + hummus
Nelly’s chocolate covered coconut
|Lunch Box Option 4
Tuna and Simple Mills Crackers
Sun butter mini cookies
Carrots and hummus
|Lunch Box Option 5
Turkey meat balls
Broccoli + butternut squash
Apple + sun butter, 4 – 5 grapes
Paleo Banana bread
|Lunch Box Option 6
Taco meat Filled Lettuce Cups
Dairy free cream cheese and veggie slices
Berries and kiwi
|Lunch Box Option 7
Siete wrap quesadilla (include veggies like bell peppers alongside a protein like blackbeans with dairy free cheese)
Mango and melon balls
Sunbutter chocolate chip cookies
|Lunch Box Option 8
Nori wrap filled with smoked salmon cucumber and avocado
Sunflower seeds and chocolate chip trail mix
|Lunch Box Option 9
Boiled egg and turkey roll kebabs
Simple Mills crackers (if ok with nuts)
Mini fruit salad
Simple Mills chocolate chips (if ok with nuts)
|Lunch Box Option 10
Mini pizza triangles (Siete wrap with pizza sauce, dairy free cheese and Applegate Farms turkey pepperoni)
Favorite fruit smoothie in a double insulated sippy thermos
Simple Mills muffin (if ok with nuts)