The Kids Are Going Baaaack! August 06 2015

{5 Tips for a Healthy & Litterless Lunch PLUS a GIVEAWAY}

Whether the thought of the kids going back to school makes you jump for joy or cringe at the thought, there's no question a little preparation and planning makes the first few weeks of new routines run smoother.

Putting together healthy AND tasty school lunches can be a challenge. I find sending a hot lunch to school is easiest and my kids love having a warm comforting meal like chicken noodle soup or turkey chili. I'd like to share with you a few easy meal ideas, serving tips and our favourite healthy snack recipes to make feeding your family healthy food on the go a little easier.

1) Stock up on ready to heat soups & sauces.

Whether you make your own or you plan on a delivery from The Soup Solution - now's the time! Our products can be defrosted and stored in the fridge up to 2 weeks (unopened) for fast easy meals at your finger tips. A lifesaver when busy schedules get the best of you.

2) Invest in good quality reusable food containers.

We love our Thermos® food jars! They are easy to fill, easy to clean and even have a spoon nestled in the lid. These jars have never let us down - food stays hot for hours. We also love sturdy *leak-proof* containers like these ones from sistema®, and stainless steel containers like these made by Onyx. Having a stock of easy to use containers in various sizes is essential when packing a portable and litterless lunch. We have used all of these products and give them 5/5 spoons! Our neighbourhood London Drugs has a fantastic selection of these containers as well as practical lunch bags to pack them in.

3) Have pre-cooked pasta ready to go.

Our Bolognese Sauce and Alfredo Sauce are a huge hit with kids, and when you have pre-cooked pasta handy, lunch is made before you've finished your morning coffee! Keep leftover pasta in smaller portions in the freezer. Simply drop in boiling water for a few seconds and it's ready to go. You can also add cooked pasta to soups like our Fresh Tomato & Basil Bisque. We love Duso's Sunrise Mini 4-Cheese Ravioli or try cute alphabet shaped pasta for a fun spoonful. Adding whole grain pasta is always a great idea!

4) Use that leftover rice.

When there are after school sports and activities on the schedule, kids need a hearty, nutritious meal to power through their busy days. Try serving a generous scoop of cooked brown rice with our Butter Chicken Soup, Mexican Chicken Soup, Thai Curried Chicken Soup or any one of our chilis topped with shredded cheese. Our Southwestern Corn Chowder over rice is a delicious vegetarian option.

5) Keep the processed and individually packaged snacks to a minimum.

Now that you have all the great reusable containers, it's easy to send snacks like apple sauce, yogurt and crackers without creating more waste using individual pre-packaged portions. Make a batch of this protein-rich Miso Hummus in minutes and serve with vegetable sticks or whole grain naan. Having a freezer stash of homemade snacks makes packing lunches a breeze. Our favourite healthy snack recipes are Whole Wheat Carrot Apple Muffins and Nut-Free Protein Brownie Bites. Easy to make, low in sugar and most importantly, kid-approved. 

 

Get an A+ in Lunch this year! 

    Giveaway ($60 Value): We love our Thermos® Food jars so much, we wanted to share them with you. To enter the draw, simply place a qualifying order ($150 minimum and a delivery address within Greater Vancouver) via our website before September 1st, 2015. That's it! Once your payment and order details are confirmed, you will automatically be entered. The winner will be randomly drawn and notified via email on September 2nd, 2015. Good luck!

    Eat well,

    Gayle

    Have some great ideas to share? I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or email me at info@thesoupsolution.ca. Don't forget to to join me on social media for more tips and recipes!