Just yesterday we were talking about how the end of the school year doesn’t necessarily mean the end of packing lunches! Summer brings so many opportunities to tote along a “real food” picnic, and today I have the perfect resource to help you with just that. In case you haven’t heard there is a site called MOMables that specializes in kid lunch meal plans. The site, which is run by fellow mom and owner Laura Fuentes, is chock-full of really cute and original ideas. I started following their page on Facebook a few months back, and I just love some of the tips and pictures they share…including how to pack a baked potato, homemade oreos, and how to keep berries fresher longer. They are always full of good ideas so I am excited to introduce you to MOMables through this sponsored post today…they will definitely make your life easier!
Every summer parents ask MOMables creator, Laura, “What are the best drive-through options?” and “How can I get grandma to feed my kids better?” Her answer is always the same:
If you want your kids to eat good-for-them meals using real food ingredients you select, you have to pack your kid’s food for camp, grandma’s house, and activity days. – Laura Fuentes with MOMables
Summertime might be a break from school, but that does not mean it has to be a break from a healthy, real food routine. Being lenient with sleeping-in just isn’t the same as being lenient with the food we eat to nourish and feed our families.
I always say that when it comes to eating real food, planning ahead is key. And planning the food we eat should be a year-round priority – it helps you eat healthy, stay on budget, and save time in the kitchen, which is why MOMables wants to do all of that planning work for you. Their meal plans are “kid-approved” by the owner’s own 3 children (under the age of 7) + 16 other kids on the MOMables team, and provide you with the following…
- One weekly lunch meal plan with 5 different lunches.
- Gluten Free, vegetarian, and nut-free options in every lunch.
- Easy-to-swap ingredients for picky eaters or allergies.
- Pictures of every lunch – just like your favorite cookbooks.
- Prep-ahead sheet with detailed instructions.
- A coordinating shopping list (to be used at the store of your choice).
- Bonus recipes every week: homemade snacks and treats.
- Bonus homemade resource guide (regular and gluten free) so you don’t have to buy “packaged” baked goods and boxed items again.
- Adult friendly meals: One plan feeds the entire family – you control the portion size.
- Cost: $6 per month.
These meal plans are the perfect way to take your first step toward feeding your family real food and to never again get into a lunch rut. There is no better way to continuously introduce your kids to new foods (like humus or bean dips) in different ways than having someone else do all the planning for you!
As mentioned, MOMables has one simple plan with built in vegetarian, gluten free and nut free options in each lunch. This is the most adaptable kids food plan, especially if you have food allergies or special diets. One of the key features of their service is the prep-ahead suggestions, which help you pack lunch a few days ahead or the night before (no more scrambling the morning of!), all while utilizing leftovers and saving you time. And with a picture of what each meal should look like these are plans anyone can easily follow.
Today, MOMables is sharing two different lunch recipes with us from their plan. You’ll see that the recipes are simple and either “real food approved” or can easily be adapted using real food ingredients. You can also sign up for their weekly newsletter, which is loaded with free recipes and a free sample meal plan week, or you can go ahead and sign up for their subscription service and look forward to a stress-free summer without the fast food guilt! Enjoy
- 8 hard boiled eggs, diced small
- 1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- ground black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix thoroughly, cover and keep in the fridge.
- To assemble lunch: Lay 4 bread slices on a flat surface. Make egg salad sandwiches. Or, place egg salad portion in a lunch container and serve with crackers, fruit and veggies.
Make-ahead tip: If you decide to make egg salad sandwiches the night before, cut them in half and place them in the freezer. In the morning, place sandwiches in a lunch container along with fruit and veggies. Sandwiches will thaw out by lunch and this way you don’t need to pack ice-packs!
- 1 – 8” tortilla (whole-wheat recommended)
- 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
- small handful baby spinach
- 2-3 strawberries, sliced
- 1 tablespoon raspberry vinaigrette dressing
- 1 slice nitrate free bacon, cooked & crumbled (organic recommended)
- Spread whipped cream cheese over tortilla.
- Layer spinach, sliced strawberries and top with crumbled bacon.
- Roll tightly, cut wrap in half.
MOMTip: Lightly dress spinach-strawberry salad right before packing, or put dressing in a side container for dipping.
Need more easy to make lunch ideas filled with packing and time saving tips? Let MOMables give you a hand by subscribing to their plans. Also like MOMables on Facebook to see all their homemade recipes.