Now that you’re over the hump, Thursday’s lunchbox is in order.
Sometimes you’re in the mood for that crunch that’s most often found in a potato chip. Kids (even us older ones) love chips! Regular potato chips are loaded with fat and salt and they don’t usually do the job of filling you up (unless you demolish half the bag). Yes, you can pair a serving of chips with a piece of fruit in order to fill up or you can combine the best of both worlds with a Vegan snack that not only curbs the need for crunch, but is also loaded with the fiber you’ll need to fill satiated.
Baked fruit chips will do the trick. There are several brands on the market. The brand listed below is by Bare Foods. I picked mine up at Target, but I’ve seen them on Amazon. These wonderful snacks only have 1 or 2 recognizable ingredients. That’s why I love them. The Cinnamon Apple Chips (our favorite) have 2 ingredients – apples and cinnamon. Genius! The Banana Chips are simply bananas and nothing else. The sweet flavor is built in so there are no added sugars. If that doesn’t convince you, how about this – – they’re gluten-free, non-GMO, have 3-4 grams of fiber per serving, and 0mg of cholesterol and sodium. Unlike chips, they’re baked, not fried (eliminating the saturated fat) and they have no preservatives. Brilliant! Okay, I’ll get off of my soapbox.
Enjoy today’s snack.
For today’s lunch, I’m bringing the versatile, multi-compartment, do-hickey back into the mix. It includes multi-colored grape tomatoes (leftover from your Veggie Pasta Salad??), Vegan Pita crackers, almonds and a strawberry/blueberry fruit salad. Remember, the examples are meant for inspiration. You can make your own combinations. Remember that the key is color (kids eat with their eyes first) and variety.
Enjoy and stay tuned for tomorrow when we wrap up our Back-To-School Vegan Style series with tomorrow’s edition of “What’s in Friday’s Lunchbox?”