Every time I think about that, I think of that old school supply commercial that had “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” playing in the background. The adults dancing down the aisles, joyously buying their kids school supplies in anticipation of the freedom school can bring to parents.
I must say it really does bring some freedom for me. Once The Cohen heads to full time kindergarten (mandatory in my province), I’ll have that much more time to work on projects at home. I still have Isla, the 3 year old, to contend with, but with part-time preschool at least I will have a few hours to myself every week. With that being said though,school did come with some not unexpected tasks. I have to think of things to pack for lunches, I have to get up early (not like when you are a work-at-home mom…I get up when I want), I have to make sure people are in certain places at certain times. It’s all very stressful really.
But with planning comes de-stressing. I bought some really cool lunch boxes from Lunch Bots:
I fill them full of vegetables, fruit, sliced meats rolled around cheese, cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, left overs, muffins, olives, pickles, nuts, etc. It’s all very fun to pack for me and fun for the kids to eat! They are great for the littlest one, but a tad small for the bigger guy, as he is school for six hours, he needs two of these guys to make enough room for it all. At $25-30 per container though, I wasn’t about to buy multiples for each child. The older one got a silicone container with two compartments that I fill with little metal canisters.
So I began making all kinds of recipes that I can use for snacks. I like to plan, and so I have lists and lists and lists of muffin varieties, different ideas for easy snacks and things to cut into fun shapes. The rest of the year is going to be a fun, yet haphazard, foray into lunch experimentation…I hope you’ll join me!
Try these strawberry muffins for your kids lunch and let me know what you think!
Similarly delicious recipes from other fabulously paleo food blogs:
Lemon Blueberry Paleo Muffins from Paleo Newbie
Paleo Banana Chip Muffins from Fit Foodie Finds
Maple Pecan Crunch Banana Muffins from PaleOMG
Carrot Banana Muffins from Paleo Plan
Carrot and Zucchini Muffins from Amazing Paleo