It’s that time of year again: scrambling for delicious on-the-go snacks and 5-minutes-or-less lunches that not only fuel your kid through a long school day, but also have the other kids telling their parents about it at pick-up.
“Mooommmm! Kate’s mom packed her chocolate oats for lunch. Why can’t I have that?” Those 5 little words that cause a light jab to the heart? We can avoid those. Read on to see how you can pack your little one chocolate oats (and plenty of other delicious combinations) for lunch without feeling guilty about it.
Mason Jar 1: Chocolate Overnight Oats
Your kids think they’re eating dessert for lunch, while they’re really eating an antioxidant-filled jar of superfoods! That’s a win in our book. Unlike many other chocolate products, cacao is naturally low in sugar and is a great source of fiber, healthy fat and plant minerals. Plus, the chock full of antioxidants will help to counteract any sun damage garnered from those extra hours on the playground.
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1.5 cup almond mylk
- 1 tbsp cacao
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tbsp Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cashew Butter
- Small handful of grapes or berries
Mix oats, almond mylk and cacao in mason jar until thoroughly combined. Let sit for 6-8 hours or overnight. Top with banana, berries & nut butter.
Mason Jar 2: Savory Vegetable Medley
Ok, ready for the con in this one? It’s all in the sauce. The quinoa is quoted with a creamy plant-based tahini dressing that will make your little one ask for seconds. Plus, vegetables in jars are always much more exciting to eat (can’t knock it ’til you try it). Even better news? A single jar is packed with a well balanced nutrient range of fiber, plant-protein and greens to promote satiety and deliver brain-boosting vitamins.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup chopped button mushrooms
- 1/4 cup tahini dressing
- 1/3 zucchini, diced
- 3-6 tomatoes, halved
Cook quinoa according to package. Prepare vegetables. Sauté zucchini and mushrooms with a dash of avocado oil and salt on the stovetop over medium heat until lightly golden. Mix quinoa, mushrooms and zucchini with tahini dressing. Add to mason jar and top with tomatoes.
Mason Jar 3: Berry Yogurt Parfait
A simple, crowd-pleasing recipe that takes less than 10 minutes. Just like the overnight oats, you can make this jar the night before school and it will still be fresh and delicious by lunchtime. We make our yogurt parfait with coconut yogurt for its anti-inflammatory benefits and local honey for an extra immune-boost!
- 1 cup coconut yogurt or yogurt of choice
- 1/4 cup ripe raspberries
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dry gluten-free oats
- Looking for an extra superfood boost? Drizzle our Walnut Brownie Butter with Maca on top. This nutrient-dense root has energy-increasing adaptogenic and antioxidant properties that will ensure your little one can get through anything the day throws their way.
Mash ripe raspberries with honey or maple syrup, then stir for 1-2 minutes with the chia seeds (or until slightly thick and gel-like). Layer yogurt, raspberry mixture and oats. Drizzle with Walnut Brownie Butter.