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Hey Friends, it’s back-to-school time again! The actual most-wonderful-time-of-the-year!! So I thought there’s no time like the present to talk about school lunches and more specifically some new lunch box recipes.
As part of my ongoing collaboration with Juicy Juice I’m excited to not only give you two new recipes for your lunch time repertoire, but also introduce three new beverages in their ever-expanding line of better-for-you drinks that all our kids love!
Lunch Box Drinks You Can Feel Good About
Juicy Juice Juicy Waters, Juicy Juice + Protein, and a drink we talked about earlier this summer, Juicy Juice Fruitfuls Organic are three new options for your kids to enjoy throughout the school year. Even better, they all come in super-convenient pouches or boxes that easily fit right inside a lunch box.
- Juicy Juice Juicy Waters is water with a splash of fruit flavor.
- Juicy Juice + Protein is fruit juice with added whey protein for a power punch.
- Juicy Juice Fruitfuls Organic has 45% less sugar than the leading juice. Plus, it’s all organic!
Two New Lunch Box Recipes Your Kids Will Love
For me, lunch box recipes start with dinner. Sure, we pack our fair share of turkey sandwiches but when I really want to get out of the something-between-bread rut, I start thinking about recipes I can make for dinner that turn into really good lunch box treats the next day.
This year especially, I am going to focus on the make-it-once, eat-it-two-times (heck, even three times) routine. My Louisa turned 11 over the summer and so this year it is up to her to pack her own lunch. The upside? One less lunch I have to make. The downside? If there’s nothing for her to pack she will happily take a power bar and some pita chips (not my idea of a healthy lunch).
These Beef and Zucchini Flautas are a family favorite and are great the next day for lunch. My kids happily eat them cold or room temp and take two seconds to throw into the lunch box. Plus, they pair perfectly with the new Juicy Juice beverages for a complete, balanced lunch during the school week.
I’ll admit they are a bit time consuming to make but can be done on a Sunday when you have a bit more time or break it down into a few steps. Here’s some tips:
- Braise the beef one day and roll and fry them the next.
- Braise the beef in a slow cooker while you’re at work. Brown the meat and vegetables on the stove top then add everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Braise the beef in a pressure cooker in about half the time. Same instructions as the slow cooker, but under pressure for about 1 hour.
Three reasons to make Avocado Brownies
Nothing says love like a homemade treat in your baby’s lunch box. If that’s not enough, here’s three more reasons you should make these Avocado Brownies with Walnuts:
- Coconut oil and pureed ripe avocado make these brownies super luscious and still dairy-free. They are more cakey than fudgy, so if a cakey brownie is not your thing, then you might want to keep that in mind.
- The espresso powder is completely optional, but makes them extra chocolatey. They don’t taste like coffee whatsoever.
- Good fats + extra vitamins + nut protein make them a brownie you can feel good about.