Let the teenagers take control
With 2 teenagers in the house (my other 2 are a little young at this stage), it is time they took over the school lunch making duties. Every school morning, after I exercise and before I get ready for work, I miraculously make 4 beautiful, healthy lunches for my cherubs (well a sandwich, fruit and snack). With more demands being put on me with work, I need to off load some household duties. So lunch is one of them.
Most teenagers are time poor in the mornings, sleeping in until the absolute last possible moment, grabbing every second of precious sleep before hitting the shower. So coming up with easy lunches and snacks, that are also healthy, is the challenge. So I have recruited the help of my favourite personal trainer Dotti Peck to help get my teenagers up and organised. I have also included some wonderful, quick and easy school lunches from one of my favourite food bloggers Dhanya Samuel at The Spice Adventuress.
Dotti runs a personal training business in my local area called Bayside Bodyfit. She is super organised when it comes to running her business and looking after her 2 children, both still in primary school. “Eating is such an important part of staying healthy not only for the body but also for the mind, and I understand that as children become teenagers, they have more control over what they are putting in their mouths”, says Dotti. So it is important for the lunches and snacks to be quick, easy, healthy but more importantly tasty.
Nut Free Chocolate Balls
image credit Ingredients
1/2 cup soaked dates & desiccated coconut
1/2 cup super organic cacao powder (we use Nature’s Way)
1/3 cup protein powder – Vanilla or Choc
1/2 cup coconut oil
Any teenager can make these. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until ingredients form a dough like ball.
Next roll into teaspoon sized balls, rolling in the desiccated coconut to complete.
These should be stored in the fridge.
Beautiful Chicken Wraps
Lettuce or spinach
Freshly cooked chicken (easy with leftovers from the night before)
Lemon herb Nandos sauce if desired
Lay out your wrap and fill it with lots of goodness!
Chicken & Rice Salad
3/4 Cup of Brown Rice
80g Cooked Chicken
40gm Low fat cheese or fetta
1 cup mixed salad
Note: Brown rice can be cooked up and portioned out for the week ahead and placed in the freezer for your convenience. Or another option is that you purchase the cups of brown rice that take 40 secs in the microwave.
Here are some tasty, quick and easy school lunches from The Spice Adventuress.