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Welcome to another Create & Share Round Up and Link Party! Ami from Ali Lily and Kara from Happy Go Lucky and myself are so excited you’re here!

This weeks theme is Fun Lunch Ideas for Kids.

Here are some awesome ideas I found.

1. Tortoise and the Hare Lunch at Meet the Dubiens 2. Make Your Own Taco’s Lunch from The Lunch Rox 3. PB&J Ferb Sammies from Hawai ‘i’s Bento Box Cookbook

4. Muffin Tin Lunch from In Michelle’s Kitchen 5. PB&J Sushi Rolls from Jiff 6. Heart Shaped Muffin Tin Lunch from Muffin Tin Mom

7. Frog Prince Lunch from Another Lunch 8. Angry Birds Lunch from Another Lunch 9. Apple Umbrella Lunch from Cute Food For Kids

AND….since Halloween is just around the corner, we had to throw a few Halloween Lunch ideas in the mix to inspire you!

1. Spooky Ghost Lunch from Cute Food For Kids 2. Boo Bash Bento from Cookie Cutter Lunch

3. Jack O Lantern Lunch from Lian Mama Obento 4. Halloween Muffin Tin Lunch from Another Lunch

Do y’all have any great lunch ideas for kids or kiddo lunch recipe posts? Know anyone that has some awesome lunch ideas? We would LOVE for you to share them in the link party below and invite ALL your friends over to party, too!

Don’t forget you can still link up at all our other GREAT themed Round Ups & Link Parties!

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Now, show us what you got!!



hemp seeds

Funky Food Friday: Hemp Seed (and “Banana Nut Smoothie” recipe)

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Both of my babies have been sensitive to dairy and soy so I completely avoid them while nursing.  That means that when it comes to getting enough protein in my diet I have to get a little creative.  One ingredient that I have really been enjoying lately is raw shelled hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds are loaded with protein (3 tablespoons= 10g protein), omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, dietary fiber, and important minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.

The rich nutty flavor and tender crunch of hemp seed makes it perfect to sprinkle on a salad, cereal, yogurt, blend into smoothies, or even eat raw.

I especially like to mix it in with oatmeal or make smoothies with it.  Here is one of my favorite dairy/soy-free smoothies that I make just about every day:

 

 

Banana Nut Smoothie (diary/soy-free)
Recipe type: drink
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 T. hemp seeds
  • 2 T. almond butter (or any nut-butter)
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1-1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your choosing)

Instructions
  1. Blend it in a blender or in a cup with a hand-blender. Enjoy!


 
Another one of my favorite things to make for breakfast or a snack  is toast with almond-butter spread on top and sprinkled with hemp seed…


Then drizzled with honey and topped with sliced banana!

Yum!

Have you tried hemp seed?  How do you like to use it?

 

 

 

agave

Funky Food Friday: Agave Nectar

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I have been using agave nectar as a substitute for honey for a few years and think it’s a great addition to any pantry.  I like it because it costs less than honey, tastes good, doesn’t get thick and crystallized like honey does and it is easier to mix into liquids like smoothies and salad dressing.

Here are some other great things about agave nectar:

*it is an all-natural sweetener from the agave plant

*it’s strong sweetening properties make it a perfect addition to beverages like coffee, tea, and smoothies

*great substitute for corn syrup (in baking and cooking), pancake syrup, or honey

*It has a low glycemic index which means that is slowly absorbed by the body and doesn’t cause the same rapid increase in blood sugar as table sugar

Agave nectar is readily available at most grocery stores these days, including Wal-mart and Costco!

Here are a few of my recipes that use agave nectar as an ingredient:

 

 

Pineapple Fried Rice

Vinaigrette Dressing

Orange Quinoa Salad

Have you tried Agave Nectar?  How do you like to use it?

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Orange Quinoa Salad

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We have been trying to eat more whole grains since they have a lot of fiber, protein, and vitamins. This is a recipe I came up with for quinoa that is full of flavor and makes a great side to fish or poultry.  You could also add some chick peas or grilled chicken to make it a great entree!

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Make your own vinaigrette dressing

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Why spend $ on bottles of salad dressing (with who knows what added in) when you can make your own super yummy vinaigrette quickly, easily, and with what you probably already have?

I mix up different combos depending on what flavors I am going for but here is the basic recipe:

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