Have you heard of October #Unprocessed?
October #Unprocessed is a challenge for the month of October from Andrew Wilder’s blog Eating Rules. This foodie challenge intrigued me right away being the wife of an organic egg farmer as well as someone concerned about clean eating and an athlete. I want to know what I am putting into my body to fuel myself throughout the day and on training runs and in races and I especially want to know what I am feeding my kids. If nothing else taking this challenge will have you thinking about your eating habits and reflecting upon the choices that you make at the grocery store as well as recipes that you choose to try.
It is week two of the challenge and after a lot of thought about what we eat in our family I find that we do pretty well as a whole. We tend to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and whole grains at our house as well as lean proteins. Of course we also eat a lot of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs too!
I have found that it is the most difficult to go #unprocessed at lunch with the kids and sometimes at snack time. My kids (ages 2 and 4) both love to eat sandwiches and love ham and turkey cold cuts. We try to by Applegate Farms organic deli meats whenever possible because they contain no nitrates and do not have any artificial flavorings as well as being antibiotic free.
Here is a sample of what I might include in a school lunch:
- Tofu (amazingly my kids still love plain tofu!)
- Cabot Cheese
- Cherry Tomatoes (Sungold Tomatoes when in season)
- Homeade muffins
- Stonyfield Yogurt (This is on my list of things I want to try to make from scratch. I already have a yogurt maker at home I just need to learn how to use it)
- sliced cucumbers
- blueberries, strawberries, apple slices etc.
- Sliced chicken
- Sandwiches (Any suggestions for other types of #unprocessed sandwiches?-Thankfully my kids like egg salad)
What #unprocessed foods do you include in your kids school lunches? I’d love some new ideas?
Snacks can be hard to when you are on the go. I try to keep a container of cut up fruit in the kitchen (strawberries, melon, pineapple, apple slices etc.) that I can quickly grab and put in our snack containers. During the summer we love fresh sun gold tomatoes from the garden, pea pods, green beans, fresh carrots, and green peppers. My kids love dipping their fruits and vegetables while they are snacking. I am working on being better at making my own dips and also use nut butters for things such as apple slices. Dried and freeze dried fruits are also popular. My kids also love homemade Popsicles and yogurt frozen like a Popsicle.
Snack-time is one area of eating that hope to improve upon and will be trying out some new snacks with my kids as the challenge continues.
The next new snack recipe I would like to try making is:
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls from fellow FitFluential Ambassador Melanie Flinn at Nutritious Eats
What are some of your favorite #Unprocessed foods that you have on hand for your kids? Do you have any snack recipe recommendations for October #Unprocessed? I need some new inspiration!