It sounds a bit cliche…but really what else can we say? Is Summer already over? Where did it go? In our last blog we shared information on sleeping and helping our kids get back to a schedule that is a healthy one. Today…we celebrate the last FRIDAY of the Summer and the long weekend…and we get ready for a new season…school, schedules, organized activities…..
Traditionally in our house, we spend some time on the Labour Day Weekend prepping lunches for the week ahead.
If we don’t actually make them all ready, we do have a schedule of snacks and lunches that we will be using throughout the week. This helps us to get the groceries that we need and acts as a reminder of who likes what food…(this changes over the summer, trust me!!)
Here are some of the lunches that we are prepping this week….healthy and delicious…something for everyone in our family. Take a look through and hopefully a few of these ones will work for your family too!
Wishing you a wonderful end of Summer and a healthy and energized start to a new school year. We hope that the transitions, whether to a new grade, a new school or a new college/university town goes well for you!
The Johnston Family
Broccoli Nuggets (Don’t judge this one by the title…it really is worthy of a try)
Source – http://www.kannammacooks.com/broccoli-nuggets/
These Broccoli Nuggets are so simple to make and has only FIVE INGREDIENTS.
This is an easy and Healthy school lunch box snack idea. Kid friendly food. Here is how to do it.
Roughly chop the broccoli into small pieces. Grind the broccoli in a food processor or a mixie until the texture is like rice. Pulse the Broccoli in the food processor several times. If doing it in a mixer, grind the broccoli in several batches.
Add in the shredded cheddar cheese, one egg, Pepper powder and Garlic Powder. The cheese itself is salty. So no need to add additional salt to this mixture. Combine all the ingredients well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lining is important so the patties do not stick to the pan after baked. Make 2 inch patties and line it on the baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 F degree oven for 45 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature (for lunches!!).
Top 10 Wraps for Lunches!
We have shared this early in the Summer, but we thought it was a worthy reshare.
Click on the picture below to head to the details of the TOP TEN WRAPS! – Veggies & Cream Cheese, Apple & Cheddar, Beans & Rice, Strawberry and AppleButter, Chicken Wrap, Avocado Wrap, Egg, Sweet Fruit, Hummus and Cucumber, Banana & Peanut Butter & Honey (not great for school…but definitely an after school at home choice),
Our favourite seems to change on a weekly basis….but the consistent top two are: Chicken Wrap and Avocado Wrap….usually we make this a combo.
MAKE AHEAD CHICKEN FAJITA BOWLS
2 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper
¾ cup basmati rice (uncooked)
2 bell peppers, sliced into strips
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
1 cup corn kernels
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Pre-heat oven to 425°F.
Place the chicken breasts in a small baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Turn to coat.
Bake for 10 minutes, turn the chicken, then bake for another 10-15 minutes (depends on the size of your chicken breasts), until cooked through.
Allow to rest for 10 more minutes before slicing.
Cook the rice according to package directions. Allow to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the rice, bell peppers, red onion and corn.
Shake together the vinaigrette and add to the bowl. Toss to coat everything completely.
Divide amongst 4 lunch containers, topping with the chicken.
Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
Calories 479 // Fat 19 g // Saturated Fat 2 g // Cholesterol 0 mg // Sodium 180 mg // Carbohydrate 41 g // Fiber 2 g // Sugars 5 g // Protein 30 g
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Summer is almost half way over! (Sadly) But there is still time to enjoy some unscheduled time with the family. One of the struggles that we have during the summer (and the school year too!) is finding some healthy lunches and keeping the kids from getting bored with it.
Initially our family favourite was the Almond Butter and Strawberries combo. But with new fruit coming into season, we are sure to find a local fruit replacement!!
Enjoy the ideas for wraps!
From Will & Erin and family.
Today we are featuring these great little meat and cheese roll ups for our healthy snack suggestions:
We will be offering samples of these healthy little snack bites in our Barrie office (only) today. A great little snack or a group of them make a perfect alternative to the sandwich.
Try using your favourite sandwich meat and cheese, wrapped up with a pretzel to hold it all together. Today we are using organic free range meat that we picked up from one of our local businesses: Nicholyn Farms.
Be sure to check out their website or their facebook page where they highlight some of their product offerings including awesome café finds.
We’ll be back again tomorrow with other healthy and delicious snacks for your back to school planning.
Get Educated! Get Inspired! Take Action!
For most of us, there are two short weeks left before school starts up again. Schedules return and lunches need to get packed. Today in our Barrie and North Bay offices we will be starting our “Back to School” campaign and each day we will be sharing healthy snack ideas to help with you find some healthy snack alternatives for your children.
Today we are featuring trail mix. This snack is perfect to boost your child’s energy at the end of a busy day. Many schools are nut free, so it may not be able to make your child’s lunch pail, but it is a perfect snack to refuel when they get home.
Combine any nuts, seeds, dried fruit or vegetable and shake it up!
- 1/2 ounce whole shelled (unpeeled) almonds
- 1/4 ounce unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
- 1/4 ounce dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon chopped pitted dates
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chocolate chips
- 2 heaping tablespoons of wasabi peas
- 2 heaping tablespoons of dried sweetened cranberries
- 2 heaping tablespoons of peanuts
- 2 heaping tablespoons of cashews
As mentioned last week, as part of our “Back to School” campaign we are offering a chance for our patients to win a backpack full of school supplies. Every time you come in to the office for any service your name will be entered into a draw for your chance to a WIN a fully stocked backpack with everything a student needs to get back at the books! Don’t forget to fill out a form when you are in next!
The draw will be made Friday, August 29, 2014
Our patients have but one regret – not seeing us sooner!
Have a great Monday and a fantastic week.