On My Plate

Back to School Series: Lunch

I’ve yet to have to pack a consistent lunch for my kiddos, but we do have a couple days a week that’ll require a packed lunch. Choosing my backpack and my trapper (does anyone remember trappers?!) was always the highlight of August as a kid, but choosing my lunch box was a very close second. If you, like me, are still holding the reins a bit when it comes to the lunch box (read: not Frozen or Paw Patrol) then this is for you. Here are the lunchboxes I get so excited about as a mom and all the goodies to keep inside with the most important factor: every food container is BPA, PVC and phthalate free. 

Here are my stand outs for the lunch game:

Those Hydroflasks are our favorite water bottle, hands down. If you’ve been following for any length of time, you know we all have one and use it on the regular because it keeps water ice cold for 12 hours. It’s crazy. Here in Texas where fall means temps dip to a crisp 98 degrees, ice water is key. Squeezing a little bit of lemon in there makes my kids think they’re sipping the nectar of the gods and they chug it at three times the speed. Give it a try!

The Mira Thermos is amazing because it will keep hot things (soups, hot chocolate, pasta…) hot for 5 hours and will keep cold things cold (cheese, yogurt…) for 10 hours. This is a game changer for sure.

The Bunny Snackers are first and foremost precious, but also make kids really excited to eat what’s inside. This is where i’ll store things like berries and veggies that might not be as appealing as the glitzy, glamorous sandwich.

Again, if you’re a gold & graphite reader then you’ve seen a Bento box or two. I’m a huge fan! Maybe it’s because I can’t stand my food touching and am projecting onto my kids, but I also love that food stays fresher and nothing gets squished. That’s the top priority for me- no squishing!

We’ve yet to move away from ziplock bags (I know, I know) but I’m doing my best to limit the toxins in our house and plastic bags will be the next to go. From a money saving standpoint and a health standpoint, the reusable sandwich bag and the reusable snack bags are a favorite. We have a couple snack stacker and it’s the perfect thing to pop in a backpack for sports practices or even road trips and flights. Berries on top, glutino pretzels on bottom is a repeat arrangement for us. (Also, white is my favorite, of course, but the color selection is so impressive.)

These freezer packs aren’t pictured, but they’re awesome and thin enough to stick a couple in a lunch box or bag no matter how small it is.

And lastly, my friend swears by these labels for her boys and they are so wonderful. They’re perfect for lunch bags/boxes, bento boxes, water bottles, tupperware and everything in-between!

Stay tuned for my favorite lunch recipes, but in the meantime check out this post to see what my plant-based and gluten-free toddlers eat in a day!

My Daily Smoothie Secret Weapons

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I have a smoothie every single day (as many of you know!) and I try sneak as many heavy hitters in there as possible. Every time I share a smoothie recipe on Instastories, I get asked so many questions about why I add certain ingredients into my smoothie. Each powder and potion in my smoothie is tailored to me and what I need from it, but each ingredient benefits literally everyone on the planet! Since switching my diet to plant based a year ago I’ve found smoothies to be the easiest way to get all the nutrients I need in a meal in a single glass.

My Favorite Summer Vegan+ Gluten Free Recipes

Summertime! Watermelon and Pasta Salad and Barbecue and Lemonade. While summer food doesn’t hold a candle to autumn food for me, there are some definite go-to’s I look forward to once June rolls around. This is my very first summer eating a vegan and gluten-free diet and I’m trying to be sure my kids still get the nostalgia I had growing up despite having to pass on the beer brats and corndogs.

Thrive Market Favorites

A few months ago, I tried Thrive Market for the first time. Thrive is an online market for natural, organic products. I love paying discounted prices for the staples in our pantry but as a plant based family, stores like Costco certainly don’t cater to us the way the used to. I stumbled upon Thrive after hunting for more vegan options to add to our pantry. I came across that and so much more at prices less than I’d been paying all along! This isn’t sponsored in any way, I’m just so excited about this resource and had to share.