Gluten Free + Vegan Lunchbox Ideas 4 Ways with Enjoy Life Foods

It's Back to School Season + we are here to help lower the chaos + overwhelm with help from Enjoy Life Foods. The fresh start to a new school year can bring so much good! Let's build on that with, good, nutritious, fun + easy lunch ideas! Plus, we have 4 lunchboxes 4 ways that are allergy friendly, nut free, vegan + gluten free. Lunchbox problems: Solved!

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Sometimes we can miss the point. In the middle of this motherhood journey, there is just SO MUCH. There is so much we CAN do for our child's lunch. But, we don't have to do it all. And, we don't have to do it all the time. It's fun to make elaborate lunches + sometimes our kids really appreciate it. But, sometimes simple is really sweet. 

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Let's get back to the basics here. Lunchtime is about fueling our kids with nutritious food. It's also awesome if we can all have a little fun + enjoy ourselves. Sometimes, just focusing on simple gets us to this place. Honestly, nutrition might be our highest priority for our kids, right? And, the Enjoy Life Foods Protein Bites taste like a treat + fuel with a protein punch. 

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We know protein is essential for our children's optimal growth, right? But, let's do a re-cap of exactly how important protein is for our growing children.

The Importance of Protein for Kids:

   Builds cardiac muscle

   Supports immune system

   Supports oxygen to the brain + body

   Read more about the importance of protein here

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Meet the Enjoy Life Foods New Protein Bites: They are packed with up to 6 grams of plant-based protein per serving. They are free from the top 14 allergens. They taste like a treat yet filled with nutritious ingredients. They are gluten free, dairy free + nut free. Plus, they are totally snackable. 

Looking for more lunchbox inspiration + organization? Download this Lunchbox Planner Printable Here.

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4 Lunchboxes 4 Ways:

Turquoise Tale:

Dairy-free yogurt, swirled with seed butter + topped with sprinkles. 

Enjoy Life New Protein Bites + Chocolate Squares

Fresh Cherries

Brussel Sprouts Puffs

 

Green Machine:

Roasted Corn Snacks

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookies

To-go Hummus + Pea Chips
 

Blue Lagoon:

Celery Sticks

Vegan + Gluten-free S'more with Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies + Chocolate Bars

 

Pink Passion:

Homemade Muffin topped with sprinkles + a fresh cherry

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Mini peppers filled with dairy-free cream cheese. 

 

Mix + match any of these ideas for lunchbox  + after-school snack inspiration!

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This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. I only share products I absolutely love + use. And, we absolutely love + use Enjoy Life. They are a trustworthy, allergy friendly standby for our entire family. Not to mention delicious. Thank you for supporting the brands that help bring recipe ideas like this to life. 

 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Hummus Recipe with American Gluten Free + San Francisco Salt

Looking for a refreshing, plant-based recipe this spring? We've got you covered. Here, I'm sharing a super easy Hummus recipe with American Gluten Free + San Francisco Salt Co. 

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I love that hummus is a nutritions + quick recipe that can feel rich + satisfying as well. The lemon juice + Himalayan Salt sure is a way to top it off. 

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Homemade Hummus Ingredients:

3 Cans of Chick Peas

1 Can of Reserved Water from the Chick Peas

2 Cloves Roasted Garlic

3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Paprika

1/2 Tbsp Himalayan Salt

1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper

Directions:

Drain 2 cans of chick peas. Add to blender. Add addition can of chick peas with reserved water to the blender.

Roast 8 cloves of garlic in a frying pan with 1 Tsp olive oil over medium heat. Continue to turn with a spatula  until toasted. Add garlic cloves to blender.

Juice one lemon. Reserve 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Add to blender.

Add Olive Oil, Paprika, Salt + Black Pepper to the blender. Blend on medium high until a smooth consistency is achieved. Scoop out into a reusable container. Top with a dash of olive oil, paprika, lemon juice + Himalayan Salt

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Looking to try American Gluten Free? Use code 10PERCENTOFF for 10% off your order. 

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Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Easy School Lunch Hacks with Oriental Trading.

It's back to school time again, so that means back to packing lunches, too. It's so easy to get stuck in a rut. So, I have some inspiration for you to get back in the lunch packing groove! Put it on a stick! Here are some fun lunch packing hacks to help spice up those school lunches with Oriental Trading

Easy School Lunch Hack, gluten free lunch ideas

I know some lunch ideas can seem unrealistic or time consuming, but using a decorative food pick can be a great surprise for the kids! It can be a way to keep fresh food or veggies from getting smashed. And, total mom hack: it can be a great way to add in less preferred fruits or veggies for your child. Say, blueberries are a favorite food, but cucumbers are way down on the list, combine cucumbers with the preferred fruit for a more motivating experience for your child to try something new. 

Easy School Lunch Hack, gluten free lunch ideas

Add a few dips into the lunch so your kids can dip those fruits + veggies. A fun + healthy lunch. Easy to prepare + a great way to add in some less preferred foods. Maybe an inticing dip will be just the thing to help give a new veggie a try?! 

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Fruits + Veggies to add to a Pick:

Cucumbers

Blueberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Cherry Tomatoes

Radish Slices 

Roasted Potatoes

Baby Corn (Found in a can)

Zucchini Slices

Pear Slices

Apple slices dipped in Lemon Juice

Grapes

Purple Cauliflower

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Dates

Dried Cranberries

Rasins

Olives

Easy School Lunch Hack, gluten free lunch ideas

Another fun, yet simple surprise to add into the lunchbox? Small Notepads! Write notes to your child daily or weekly. Or, let a sibling or grandparent draw a picture or write a note for an extra special surprise. 

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This post was created in partnership with Oriental Trading. I only share products + companies that my family + I absolutely love! I hope you love these ideas, too! What is your favorite fruit or veggie to add to a decorative pick?

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.