We are well and truly into the swing of school lunch boxes and if your children are anything like my children, they are pretty fussy when it comes to what is in their lunch box. Remember when the school lunch box had a sandwich, an apple and a piece of cake? Well the times they are a changing and with the problems modern wheat and processed sugar, I’ve been seeking out recipes to get me through the school term.
Join me for 3 weeks of healthier lunch box inspiration! Each week I will pop into your inbox a week worth of lunch box recipes and a shopping list to ensure you have all your essentials for the week ahead. Each week will include a speedy biscuit recipe and a no bake goodie for those days when time just isn’t on your side. These recipes are fast and easy to prepare, are wholefood recipes (without nuts to ensure they are school safe) and will leave you feeling so good about the nutrition your children are receiving during the day. And each recipe has been tested by my children so you’ll know they have the kid tick of approval too!
You’ll notice that my recipes are refined sugar free but they do have some natural sugars. Whilst the body treats all sugars the same from an energy perspective, natural sugars provide essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are lost in refined sugars. And although they are natural, they still need to be eaten in moderation, even for children. If you think back to our ancestry, we didn’t have access to honey or fruits on daily basis. Our daily diet should consist mostly of vegetables and protein with a small amount of carbohydrate (preferably from vegetables such as carrots and pumpkin). If you have a child that needs to cut out sugar, you can swap Stevia (a plant sweetener) for the sweetener in these recipes. My blogpost on sugar has more information about the impact of sugar on our body.
If your family has been on the SAD (Standard Australian Diet) for a long time, you may need some patience as taste buds and gut flora react and adapt to a new way of eating. Our gut flora is determined by what we eat and therefore what we want to eat. If you’ve been feeding your body a high processed carbohydrate diet then your body will crave highly processed carbohydrates. The great news is that you can change the gut flora and this will have such wonderful impact on your whole life. The gut makes 90% of decisions in our bodies and 80% of our immune system is contained in the cells immediately outside our gut, it is really important that our gut microbiome (our gut flora) are super healthy because then we are healthy too. The gut is directly linked to the brain and so our gut health not only impacts on our physical health (say goodbye to winter coughs and colds) but also our mental health (think tantrums, extreme reactions to small events, anxiety or depression). There are lots of easy ways to improve our gut health, you can read about them n my blog post on gut health and make some easy changes to your habits for better health for your family.
I am a firm advocates of the adage ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. We need more community and more support in the sometimes lonely and often exhausting and endless task of being a parent. When I was pregnant with my second child, my family were a part of a very supportive birthing group. After the birth of our baby, I didn't cook an evening meal for 5 weeks thanks to the love and support of our family, friends and network of families in our birthing community. To this day I have immense gratitude to the amazing gift each of those families gave to me with the delivery of a single meal as that was more time to spend with my baby and toddler and one less stress to deal with in the day. Each recipe in this inspiring set of recipes makes a normal size batch. Why not get a small group of 2-5 friends and do it together? Each week each of you makes one or two of the recipes and you swap your baked goodies with each other? I'd love to have you join in and watch the positive impact it has on your family and your community.