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LUNCH IDEAS FOR KIDS » vegan + healthy (bento box)


Today on pickup lines were going for round three of bento box meal ideas the theme lunch boxes for kids If you’re new to the channel, hi! I’m Satya. When I worked at a children’s hospital as a dietitian and nutritionist, I very often had parents come to me and ask me what kinds of food they should feed their children and asking for lunch ideas. Personally, I don’t think it needs to be rocket science or anything complicated. a healthy balance of some whole grains, some fruits and vegetables and Some plant sources of protein, omega-3 fats and some calcium is really all they need. and I’m gonna share those with you in this video. If you see this little recipe alert sign, it means that the recipe already exists up on the pickuplines blog. So I’ll leave the link to each recipe in the description box down below! so you can go and check those out if you’d like. Alright, I’m really excited to share these recipes with you. So let’s get started. We start by making lunch number one. these adorable chocolate and banana sushi rolls. I personally make my own chocolate spread at home which tastes just like Nutella, but this recipe is actually super healthy. I start by blending some roasted hazelnuts in a food processor with some other whole food ingredients like cocoa powder and -inaudible- to naturally sweeten. On a whole grain tortilla, I then spread on a generous amount of this homemade Nutella. Of course if you don’t have time, You don’t have to make your own. You can always purchase a dairy-free chocolate spread from the grocery store. Then I like to sprinkle on some hemp seeds for the extra protein and healthy Omega fats and, place it on a ripe banana and roll it up. then cut it like you would sushi. and then just place these in your lunchbox. I also added some fresh strawberries that I dipped into this chocolate spread. It’s a fun way to get kids to have extra fruit- Plus there’s extra fiber healthy fats and protein from the nuts that are in that chocolate spread! You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this lunch. That’s a guarantee. Now on to making the snacks, which is a fruit and yogurt dip with some homemade cookies. I made these fruit skewers using fresh grapes and mango, but of course you can use any fruits that you have on hand. After you’ve prepared the fruits and place them on the skewers I also chose to cut off the ends. So there’s no sharp bits going into the lunch box. then on the side I poured in some calcium fortified plant-based yogurt. Here, I used an unsweetened soy yogurt and this can serve as a dip for those fruit skewers. I also included these one bowl peanut butter and chocolate cookies I’ve mentioned these in a previous video and I absolutely love- Making them! because they have no added sugar or oil and they can be made easily and in one bowl. It takes only 15 minutes to make from start to finish, so you can batch make this on the weekends to enjoy as a snack throughout the week. and that’s it for lunch box number one. Moving on to lunch box, Number two. We begin by making this super adorable nut butter and fruit bear sandwich. To make, start off with two pieces of Whole-grain bread. and you can use a cup or cookie cutter to cut circles out of the bread Then using about half of a ripe banana, peel and slice some banana coins. After you’ve spread some peanut butter or other kind of nut butter onto the bread circles, Place the sliced bananas on top like so, as well as three blueberries to make an adorable little bear sandwich. Then stack the pieces and place it into the lunchbox. I also added some veggies on the side, like baby carrots, cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes. To make the cucumber’s even more fun for the little ones to eat, You can peel it as I did, before you cut them up so that they get this striped pattern Now to make the snacks, on the other half of the banana that you didn’t use, you can write a message, if you’d like, adding it to the lunch box. Then, I also added some fresh blueberries as well as these chewy peanut butter and no-bake granola bars. Like the previous cookie recipe, these are made with only whole food ingredients So no added sugar or added oil, they too can be made all in the food processor. So very little cleaning up required I also like to make this on the- weekends. Add different kinds of nuts and dried fruit to keep it interesting each time. and then wrap it up and store it in the freezer so they can be taken as a to-go snack or add it to lunchboxes throughout the week. and that’s it for lunch box, number two! and Finally for lunch box at number three, we begin by making this bread and cheese jam dip. So first, start off by cutting off the crust from a slice of whole-grain bread and then roll it out to flatten Using either a cup or a rolling pin. Then, cut shapes out of the bread using cookie cutters. I cut out two large hearts as well as two small heart shapes. Now, don’t throw away the remaining pieces of bread that you don’t use! You can always blend these in a food processor or blender and then freeze them to use as bread crumbs and future recipes. Then repeat this with another slice of bread. So you end up with four large and four small shapes of whatever shape you chose. Add this to your lunch box, and on the side add some homemade berry chia-seed jam. Now This takes only five minutes to prepare. And uses just four ingredients! Two of which are different types of berries. And then I also added a little bit of juice and some chia seeds. After, you let it sit for thirty minutes. Your jam is ready packed with health benefits, Antioxidants, fiber omega-3 fats, all without any of the added sugar and preservatives that come with store-bought jam! Then on the side I added some fresh grapes, and some baby tomatoes To enjoy, your little one can either spread the jam onto the bread like so.. Or, do a fun dip and dunk. For the snack on this day, I made this trail mix popcorn. Begin by coarsely chopping some roasted almonds. Then, in a large pot on medium-high heat, Melt about half a teaspoon of coconut oil. And add a quarter cup of popcorn kernels and give it a stir. When it starts to pop, shake it periodically, so it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn. When the popping quiets down- Remove it from the heat. Of course to speed this up You can always use butter list microwavable popcorn – popcorn is a whole grain source So it’s a great and fun way to get fiber into your little ones. I also added about a teaspoon of nutritional yeast which gives it a cheesy flavor and also adds vitamin b12. Then you can add the almonds and some goji berries, or use raisins or dried Cranberries if you’d like. And that’s it for lunch box, Number three. Now there’s a few things I’d like to mention, You don’t need bento boxes to make this, any lunch container will do. If your kid happens to be quite young, you might want to consider chopping up any choking hazards like grapes, cherry tomatoes or some of the nuts that I shared in these recipes. As well, if your kid happens to be in enough free-school You might want to consider using some kind of nut free spread like ‘Wow Butter’ anytime I use something like peanut butter. -Inaudible- some of those ridiculously adorable. I personally loved making a little bear sandwich. I hope that you found some ideas and some inspiration, and if you want to try any of the recipes like I said, the link to them can be found in the description box below! if you liked this video, if you found any of The suggestions helpful share that in the comments below as well. Give this video a thumbs up! Be sure to also subscribe, so you don’t miss out on any future Videos! and if you want to check out some of the other bento box videos, I’ve made you can go and check that out on My channel as well. Alright, thanks for watching. I’ll see you in a few days!! 🙂

100 thoughts on “LUNCH IDEAS FOR KIDS » vegan + healthy (bento box)

  1. For those who have been asking, the bento boxes are from Monbento (I have not been sponsored by them to make these videos). You can find the bento boxes here: http://amzn.to/2vTgRbV ❤

  2. This video has some good ideas for bento boxes but I am raising an eyebrow in regards to the bananas? Won't they get brown and a bit soiled once cut and left out for a while due to the oxidisation? And the cutting of the bread into heart shapes is taking it way too far, particularly if the family is on a budget and there is food wastage.

  3. I really appreciate that you always do two boxes per meal. It looks like you actually make a decent amount of food for the meal/snack. So many meal prep videos make one small box that doesn't seem like enough food to satisfy, so I appreciate seeing an amount of food that would satisfy me.

  4. I’m late to join your channel but this just popped up on my feed. These lunches look quite high in sugar (lots of grains and fruit) and relatively low in protein, especially for growing children. My kids also just do not have time to eat that much volume of food at school. Visually pleasing ideas though and I’m sure kids would like the taste of them.

  5. I’m late to join your channel but this just popped up on my feed. These lunches look quite high in sugar (lots of grains and fruit) and relatively low in protein, especially for growing children. My kids also just do not have time to eat that much volume of food at school. Visually pleasing ideas though and I’m sure most kids would like the taste of them.

  6. Using a acidic liquid will prevent the fruit from browning, eg, apple juice, orange juice, lemon juice

  7. Love the healthy chocolate spread! I will use it at home for sure! No nuts at school unfortunately 🙁

  8. We learned so much from this vid. We tried bento snacks too. Check out how we prepare ours. Thank you for this video!

  9. This is great, and no one in my family has any nut allergies. My only concern is that it seems like a lot of gluten and carbs, which all converts to sugar, right? Perhaps some kids actually like things like tofu, tempeh, edamame or other beans for protein, and maybe some avocado for healthy fat… Just a thought.

  10. if you leave the banana like that in the lunchbox it will go brown and rot… even leaving it for 3-4hours will make it brown and watery

  11. Most school are nut free environment. Can you make another video for vegan + nut free lunch and snacks ideas?

  12. Can you do snack bentos? Btw this video was great! I can't wait to use these ideas for my school lunches! Thank you <3

  13. I love these ideas but I have a legitimate question and hope I don’t offend. Don’t these meals break down into sugar? It just seems super high in carbs. While my son is active I don’t like the idea of him eating such carb heavy meals but I love the concept . Is there a way to lower the sugar content?

  14. These look great! Do you have any nut free options? My son is allergic to all tree nuts so it really can be difficult finding healthy school lunch choices. Thanks! Love your channel.

  15. Man wish I had these. My mom used to pack me chip bags and processed cheese (literally folded cheese on its own!!) for school lunch during my young elementary years.

  16. I love video I’m learning vegan but my thing is I thought Yogurt is dairy and he comes from cow ??? Or is this diff type yogurt?

  17. You spread such healthy and positive vibes by making this video. Your presentation, recipes and energies are so infectious. Keep them coming

  18. Some very good ideas here, thank you. A quick question, how do you stop the banana going brown/black after it has been cut? I Use lemon juice, and a bit of sugar to counter the bitterness of the lemon.

  19. Most of it is just sugar and carbs.! Each body is different. First of all learn what type of metabolism you have and feed your body according to it.

  20. How do you get your stuff to stay together? Whenever I make jam my kids lunchboxes get tossed around and the jam gets everywhere? Any tips?

  21. Well that seems to me as more girls lunch box, also here in the Netherlands it is not allowed to bring popcorn i even dont say about the amount. Waiting for more realistic recipes. Banana sushi was great idea though

  22. Hi dear, I watch ur videos just to watch ur positive energy…I like u so much. Ur recipes look very delicious but ingredients r very hard to find in india

  23. Oh my goodness!!! 😍😍😍 My son isn't old enough to go to school yet. He can't even sit up by himself yet, but I'm so stoked to make him lunches like these! Thank you for your gorgeous and inspiring videos, and for being such a kind and lovely presence on YouTube. It makes such a nice change from internet and drama and criticism

  24. Thanks for your ideas and suggestions. Three things though – as others have said, schools are generally nut free so your suggestion at the end of the video should be the primary idea. Second, most pre-school through first or second graders won’t be able to manage a sandwich topped with nut butter without getting very messy hands. Teachers will quickly send comments home to parents. Finally, bananas cut and left exposed in warm classroom settings are mushy by lunchtime and parents will find them left in lunchboxes back at home at the end of the day and kids will be hungry and cranky.

  25. Those 676 people just accidentally dropped their food on the dislike button. Lesson: be careful with the healthy vegan 'bears' you eat ❤️😭🤤🤤🤤🤤😍

  26. Wow what a nice Serving of diabetes. Sugar or sugar and more sugar. No wonder vegan kids are getting Diabetes to. All this stuff is just like giving your kid soda after soda.

  27. Can you do some of the lunch box videos without nuts as many people are allergic to nuts and schools don’t allow it!

  28. Oh my god you are so lovely!! I discovered you only today and you instantliny lifted my mood , made me rethink my eating habits and inspired me!!! God you're such a sweet person ,I love your vibes !!👼👼

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