Hi and welcome back to my channel. I wanted to talk to you today a little bit about kids and how to swap out and give them some healthy lunches.
I think it’s really good about this time of year is as we’re gearing up, getting closer to summer, you can definitely start to incorporate some of these changes … That’s better. You can start incorporating it now … Oh my gosh, so many notifications, of course, once I … And … I’m sitting on all this food that I brought into my bedroom.
You can start to make these changes over the summer so that when your kids are ready to go back to school and you’re packing their lunch boxes, it’s not like they’re going to come home with an empty lunch. And you’re going to be like oh my gosh, why didn’t you eat anything.
All right. So for me and for our family, behavior has a lot to do with food. And if you think about it, all of our brain health which has to do with our emotions, our focus, all those things have to do with what we eat, right? The biggest nerve goes from the gut to the brain and that’s the direct connection, the correlation. So we want to make sure what we’re putting in our bodies, like what are you doing to your gut, and how is your gut responding, and how is that affecting you emotionally, mindfully, all the things.
So, I just want to talk to you about a couple things, a couple of different items that we make sure our kids have to eat that we have on hand, all the time, that are like easy swap outs. I mean, obviously fruits and vegetables, protein, all those things are really, really great for you. Healthy fats like avocado. A good quality mayonnaise. Healthy, grass fed butter. These things are all amazing for us. So whatever we would eat, we want our kids to eat too, right? We don’t just want to give our kids like processed chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, and that’s gluten, that’s dairy, and it definitely affects the belly.
Blueberries. I love having good organic blueberries on hand because it’s kind of like a grab and go. You can separate it out into like little baggies. My kids usually just eat them right out of this container but you can separate it out into little baggies and then have them on hand to like have kids take with them in the car, throw them into lunch boxes, stuff like that. Blueberries. Delicious, they don’t need any sweetener, kids love them.
Another thing I like to have on hand is we got this from a local farmer’s market store type of thing call Farmacy, and these are banana chips with no sugar added. The ingredients are bananas and non-hydrogenated coconut oil. So you don’t want hydrogenated, you want non-hydrogenated coconut oil. That’s it. Those are the only ingredients. So I love that this comes in this mason jar and these are just like little banana chips but they’re not sweet. They just taste like the banana. They’re actually a little on the savory side, you could probably put a little salt on them if you wanted to, but these are great to like dip in peanut butter or almond butter. My kids eat peanut butter. We don’t have any peanut allergies, but if you have a peanut allergy you could do another nut butter, you could do it with hummus, but these are great because they’re not a grain.
These are from a company called Lesser Evil and these are Grain Gree Paleo Puffs and these are no cheese cheesiness. So this is still … they’re non GMO, paleo friendly, gluten free, vegan, grain free, so these are kind of like a healthier snack. They do have some calories obviously, and the ingredients are cassava flour, coconut oil, tapioca starch, coconut flour, tapioca solids, Himalayan sea salt, which is awesome for us, yeast extract, nutritional yeast, organic garlic powder, organic onion powder, and organic spices, organic ground mustard.
So these are awesome. The kids love them, I love them, they’re super yummy. These are something easy to have on hand. And the whole point is to like swap out … This would be to replace like cheese puffs or like what were those things called, like the cheese curls, things like that, because those things, you know how they’re like bright orange, you know why they’re bright orange? They got red food dye in them. You know what red dye number 40 does to us and our brain? It doesn’t help with behavior. I even noticed with myself so you want to stay away from anything that’s like heavily dyed.
This is a good swap out for a corn chip, although corn chips can be debatable, I still like to try to stay as grain free as possible so these are Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips. These are lime flavor and the ingredients are cassava flour, avocado oil, coconut flour, ground chia seeds, sea salt, and lime oil. These are great. They’re super yummy. You can have these with …
Thing that we have that we got is Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast. We got this at Whole Foods, this is from their 365 line. The ingredients are organic turkey breast, water, organic distilled white vinegar, sea salt, organic honey. It’s got trace amounts of sugar. We try to avoid sugar but this is good to roll up and throw in the kids’ lunch box. Just some good quality protein. I also love to do like a hard boiled egg.
Love these, this is from a company called Simple Mills, they have a lot of great products, and these are Almond Flour Crackers. You can also make these yourself at home. What I’m saying is quick stuff that you can have on hand. If you’re not able to make stuff all the time, this is a great option to swap it out instead of doing like Ritz crackers that are filled with gluten and iodized salt. The ingredients are nut and seed flour blend from almonds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds, tapioca starch, cassava flour, organic sunflower oil, sea salt, organic onion, organic garlic, and rosemary extract for freshness. No preservatives people. Natural preservatives. That’s what we should be looking for.
Okay. Another one is I just heard of these from a new friend of mine and this is called Miyoko’s Fresh Vegan Mozzarell, so if you’re trying to stay, or mozzarella depending, my New Jersey friends would say mozzarell, and if you’re trying to stay away from dairy, this is a great option. So this is organic and the ingredients are cashews, coconut oil, tapioca, organic cultured sugar, sea salt, sunflowers, lecithin cultures. That’s it. So, it contains cashews and coconut so it might not be the best thing if you have a nut allergy, but if you are going dairy free, I would say this is a great option. It tastes really yummy. It’s spreadable. It melts really well. Miyoko’s. Check it out.
How do I get my kids off of sugar? Well that’s a whole other video but the one way I started was by giving them good quality dark chocolate. And what’s good about dark chocolate is it really satisfies. It’s really good for our emotional state. It helps bring up dopamine levels. Dark chocolate is that there’s no sugar added and it’s sweetened with Stevia. Good quality Stevia doesn’t taste like … I’m trying to make sure there’s no glare, make sure you guys can see that. So yeah, this is super yummy, it’s really good. I just give the kids a square or two and they love it. So you can even pop a couple of squares in their lunch box and they can have a little sweet treat after lunch. They can have it with their fruit.
And then the last thing that I always throw in the lunch box is Ningxia Red. Ningxia Red is a wolfberry puree drink and it has a bunch of great ingredients. Let’s see if I can read this. Of course … Where are my glasses? It would be smart if I had those with me right now. Wolfberry superfruit, pure essential oils, and it’s got plum in it, tartaric acid, natural blueberry, vanilla extract, I believe it has, oh yeah, it has plum, sweetened with Stevia, therapeutic great essential oils. And this is two ounces and this really is great for the brain and it’s great for the gut.
Why is it great for the brain? Because it’s great for the gut. You’re having any bathroom issues, when my little one is a little constipated because she’s newly potty trained and now she’s holding it, we give extra doses of Ningxia and it’ll help her go. So this is great for energy too during the day, you know, even kids hit that slump. They’re up early, you get to school or they’re going to camp, whatever it is, this is great to give them real natural energy throughout the day and I drink this every day too.
So, those are my easy swap outs for your kids’ lunches. Great ways to get started over the summer. Help or suggestions you need, please feel free to reach out.