Looking for a school lunch idea that can be made ahead of time? Then these Zesty Mini Quiches are for you!
How often have you made yet another same old sandwich, wishing more creative lunch ideas didn’t take a lot of time? Deep down, we all want to provide our kids with variety, but coming up with new things in the morning before school isn’t always realistic.
Did you know that you can freeze smoothies for later?
One of my favorite ways to start my day is with a smoothie for breakfast. I don’t have time to make them fresh every single morning, so instead, I make a batch over the weekend and freeze them for the week ahead.
Check out this short video to learn how smoothies are packed inside a lunchbox.
Something as simple as having a smoothie ready to go in the freezer can make life just that much easier. That’s one of the reasons MOMables is here for you—to give you ideas and a fresh take on school lunches! Check it out here! You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter for some FREE ideas sent straight to your inbox!
I like to drink my smoothies in the mornings, while my daughter loves taking hers to school for a snack or for lunch. I love how adaptable fresh smoothies are; I prefer packing mine full of mixed fruits, kale or spinach, carrots, and a little bit of juice. My daughter loves hers with yogurt, various fruits, and carrots.
Smoothies are an excellent way to start your day or pack your lunch full of vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, hello! They’re delicious.
So what is the best way to freeze them?
Invest in great freezable containers, like Ball Plastic Freezer Jars. They’re perfect in size and can stack easily in your freezer. Make sure to leave a little room (don’t fill to the rim) because the smoothie will expand a little while freezing.
If you want to enjoy the smoothie at breakfast time, simply stick it in the fridge the night before, or if you’re an early riser like me, you can pull it out of the freezer first thing when you wake in the morning, and it’ll be drinkable by the time you drive to work a few hours later.
I love packing them in my daughter’s lunches because they also act as an “ice pack” for the rest of her lunch cooler. She enjoys it because she feels like she’s getting a special dessert, but it’s actually healthy and nutritious. MOM win!
Be sure to include a straw to drink with. The straw is also great because it can help give the smoothie a nice stir; depending on the ingredients used, they can sometimes separate, and with a quick stir, they will be back to the perfect consistency.
Do you need a delicious grab-and-go breakfast idea? Your kids will love these oatmeal banana breakfast muffins. They are simple to make and delicious for the whole family!
My family loves breakfast food! We eat breakfast for dinner at least once a week and there are never any complaints. Some of our favorites breakfast items include; homemade bread, mini omelets, breakfast quesadillas, pancakes and last but certainly not least…muffins.
Before getting with the program, and before the days when I really examined food labels, I was totally guilty of making muffins from a box. This is how naïve I was…I figured that even though I knew that in general baked goods aren’t great for you, that because I was buying blueberry muffins, that it couldn’t be that bad. After all, my muffin box had a delicious looking picture on the front of big luscious blueberries on it. Certainly that’s what I was going to be getting upon purchasing it.
Those were my thoughts until one day I examined that box closer. Big juicy blueberries were on the front, but when I turned the box around they disappeared. I looked at the ingredient list and found that “blueberries” were nowhere to be found on that list. I did however find a lot of sugars, artificial colors and oils. How could this be? There is no way that a company could claim that a product of theirs contains blueberries when in fact it really doesn’t, right? Wrong! This isn’t to say that no packaged foods are made with real ingredients, but you do need to be careful and be an informed consumer.
Since those findings, I have experimented with numerous homemade muffin recipes. I found that making homemade muffins really doesn’t even take much more time that preparing a box mix. Not to mention they are ultra portable and great for families that are on the go.
What you’ll love about this particular recipe for oatmeal banana muffins is that they are made with oatmeal, making the super filling. They also contain no flour, butter, or oil. This is a recipe the whole family is sure to enjoy!
Did I mention these are naturally gluten free? Be sure to check that your oats are made in a gluten free facility for 100% certainty.