Back to School

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Ahh, back to school.  Fresh haircuts, new backpacks, sharp outfits, and the sunniest smiles from our children.  Most parents will beam with pride.  Even more so for parents seeing their kids off to school for the first time.

Back to school is a time for new beginnings and a great time for our little ones to start forming good eating habits.  After all, teaching them to like good nutrition is a way to empower them for the rest of their lives!  Better not wait until the New Year to make smarter decisions– now is the perfect time for kids to hit the reset button.  New beginnings = new habits.

“That’s great and all,” you say, “but back to school is a busy time for most.”  After school activities, parent / teacher meetings, and homework.  So. Much. Homework.  If you’re a working parent, surely you’ve got homework of your own too!  No wonder our kids end up with a bologna sandwich or a PB&J on one too many days… Most parents don’t have the luxury to make healthy, diverse lunches with fresh ingredients.

Fortunately, there are solutions. In Orange County, California, The Lunch MOB delivers to schools around the area.  Kids from participating schools have access to delicious lunch entrees and healthier snack options perfect for after school programs.  For lunch, students have a selection of yummy entrees like Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs, Crunchy Fish Soft Tacos, Mediterranean Flat Bread Pizza, and California Sushi Rolls.  For the traditionalists, Mac and Cheese or Chicken Strips.  Take a quick tour of our menu!

If you live in Orange County and want healthier options for your kids, please help The Lunch MOB spread the word by requesting us at your kids’ schools.

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The Lunch MOB was founded in Irvine, California by a mechanical engineer and a 6th-grade math and science teacher– parents who genuinely wanted to help other parents.  Learn more about Jonathan and Aileen here.  

Healthy Recipes for Kids Part 2

In our last post, we presented you with some incredible tasting, kid-friendly meals. Well, if you loved last month’s post, there is more where that came from. Sit back and enjoy as we present Healthy Recipes for Kids Part 2.

Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Portobellos

For this recipe, the elements of vegetarian lasagna filling are used. The ingredients include ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and spinach. Mix these ingredients together and then spoon into roasted Portobello mushroom cups. For the best results, very large Portobello caps are recommended. Place in a 350 degrees oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the spinach is heated through. Be careful not to overcook the mushrooms. The meal can be served with tossed salad and a whole-wheat dinner roll. Spaghetti tossed with marinara sauce can also be used in serving this amazing dish.

Fish Sticks

This recipe can be prepared at home just within the same amount of time as that of a box of  frozen fish sticks. The difference is that home- made ones taste better and are much more nutritious. Create a full meal by serving the fish sticks with roasted new potatoes, lemon wedges, coleslaw and a drop of tartar sauce.

To prepare, choose your favorite fish such as talapia or halibut and cut into strips. Dip fish strips into an egg wash and then into seasoned panko. Place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown and flaky on the inside.

Crusted Cornmeal Chicken Nuggets

Your kids will love these nuggets paired with their favorite dipping sauces. To create these little masterpieces, cut chicken breasts into bite size chunks. Dip chicken into an egg wash and then into seasoned cornmeal. Place on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the juices run clear. This is a great way to create a delicious crunch without having to fry the chicken in oil. The meal can be served with carrots and steamed broccoli.

Burgers Around the Cheese

This recipe is a neat take on the traditional cheeseburger. Rather than placing the cheese on top, we put the cheese in the middle! Choose from any hard or semi-hard cheese such as Asiago, Parmesan, Gouda or a mixture of cheeses if you prefer. Form your burger around the cheese and grill as usual until juices run clear. This dish can be served with any of your favorite summer picnic foods.

We hope you enjoyed our two-part series on healthy recipes for kids. Here at The Lunch Mob we take great pride in providing fun, nutritious meals that kids will love to eat. It has been our experience that when food is prepared with only the freshest ingredients combined with a fun presentation, kids simply cannot wait to take a bite. If you are looking for a nutritious and affordable lunch time solution for your growing students, please consider checking out The Lunch Mob. We would love to talk with you and tell you more about our incredible lunch catering program.

Healthy Recipes for Kids Part 1

School children are a special demographic indeed. In order for their healthy minds and bodies to function properly throughout the school day, they need proper nutrition. The Lunch Mob offers parents the option of having us provide wholesome, nutritious meals for their children to enjoy during their school lunch hour. We provide a plethora of different foods that school cafeterias may not have access to and we use our healthy recipes to prepare the foods in such a way that your child feels they are getting a meal straight from your kitchen. Our school lunch options help your children develop healthy eating patterns at a young age so that they may develop the habit for life.

We love helping parents provide nutritious meals for their children at school so much that we wanted to present a few healthy options for you to create at home as well. Below is the first part of a two-part series that presents 7 healthy recipes for children to try at home. They are kid-friendly and help children develop a love of whole grains and healthy foods. The recipes are also simple to prepare, naturally lower in calories, rich in vitamins and rich in minerals.

Chicken Fingers in Almond Crust

This recipe replaces the deep-fried and batter-dipped nuggets which is not a healthy food choice.  To prepare, coat the chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour mixture, then place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until the juices run clear.  This recipe contains almost half the fat of traditional breaded chicken tenders making it a healthier choice.

Gnocchi and Chicken

This recipe is great as a weeknight comfort meal for kids. Start by bringing a large pan of water to a rolling boil. Add the gnocchi and cook while frequently stirring for two minutes. For the next one or two minutes, stir in peas and cook until the gnocchi become tender.

Meanwhile, cut chicken breasts into chunks and coat with flour. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Transfer the chicken to pan, sprinkling with 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and salt. Continue cooking chicken for 5 minutes while occasionally stirring until slightly brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate to rest.

Next, add one tablespoon oil to the pan and then add chopped carrots, celery, thyme, onion and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender while stirring occasionally for 7 minutes . Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour over the vegetables and stir in about 1 cup of broth. Let the broth thicken and then add the cooked chicken. Add the peas and gnocchi and cook for about 3 minutes while gently stirring until the gnocchi are hot.

BBQ Baked Beans and Sausage

The key to helping make baked beans healthy it to choose a brand that has the lowest sugar and sodium content. Simply heat the beans and add your favorite cooked lean sausage (we like turkey sausage) and some collard greens. Cook on the stove until the sausage is heated through and greens are soft. This meal can be served with cornbread and coleslaw if you choose. This meal is a great source of fiber and protein.

If you enjoyed these quick and easy recipes, stay tuned for our next post where we will give you 4 more meals your kids will love!

 

Healthy School Lunch Delivery: What Makes a School Lunch Healthy?

If you work for a school and you are looking for healthy options for your students it can be overwhelming. There are many options out there for schools looking to supply healthy lunches for their students but many leave a lot to be desired. Often healthy school lunches consist of monochromatic, flavorless meals that most kids wouldn’t eat if their life depended on it. As a school administrator, there are many things to consider when researching healthy school lunch delivery for your students. Here are just a few questions you should ask before signing on the dotted line.

Do You Use Fresh Ingredients?

Fresh ingredients are essential to healthy meals. When food is canned, frozen, or cooked many days before, it loses much of its nutritional value, and even more of its flavor. By using fresh ingredients for your school lunches you are guaranteeing your students get the most out of their school lunches.

Does Your Food Actually Taste Good?

So many healthy options don’t consider that many kids are terribly picky eaters. It’s important that your healthy school lunch delivery provides lunches that taste good and look appetizing. Providing bland lunches for your students isn’t helping anyone because it doesn’t matter if it’s healthy if the kids won’t eat it.

How Do I Know Your Meals are Nutritious?

While there are many healthy lunch options out there, it’s important that you find a healthy school lunch delivery that considers everything a child needs for a balanced diet. Your students are growing at an incredible rate and they need the right things to help them grow big and strong. If your school meals aren’t assembled with a balanced nutrition in mind, you may be wasting your time.

Is it Easy for Parents?

We live in a technological world. Parents want to have everything at their fingertips. Gone are the days of a paper lunch schedules that never worked to begin with because they would often get misplaced. When considering healthy school lunch delivery options it’s important to find options that parents can easily peruse on a website or app, and choose their child’s meals ahead of time for ease of use.

The Lunch Mob is All That and a Bag of [Veggie] Chips

The Lunch Mob is dedicated to providing healthy school lunch delivery that is fresh, tasty, nutritious and easy for parents. They work hard to create delicious options for students so eating healthy is fun and easy. The Lunch Mob even has cool characters that help kids learn more about healthy living in a fun and inventive way. Best of all, parents love it because they can easy schedule their children’s lunch menu up to 6 weeks in advance.  If you are wondering if their lunches are nutritious just ask their staff nutritionist who works hard to provide balanced, delicious options for your students every day!  You can’t go wrong with The Lunch Mob healthy school lunches. They are simply the best option for any school looking to provide healthy lunches for their students today.

School Lunch Delivery: The Importance of Fruits and Veggies

It’s one of the biggest cliches in the world: Kids hate vegetables. This unfortunate reality leaves parents to find creative ways to get their kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. While kids are open to eating fruits because most are sweet, feeding them greens and other vegetables is a tall order. Completing this difficult task is certainly worth it though. As children grow, they need to eat a balanced diet in order to develop normally. Failure to feed them properly may lead to nutritional disorders or serious illnesses later in life. One strategy that can help to tackle this problem is by organizing a healthy school lunch delivery.

A quality school lunch delivery program such as The Lunch Mob offers children their fruits and veggies integrated into entrees that are kid tested. This makes the greens less intimidating to children, especially if they see other kids are eating it too. This allows them to perform better in class because they are well fed with quality and healthy ingredients. There are many benefits that come with a healthy vegetable-based diet for children. In recent decades children have been fed more and more overly preserved and processed foods that lack important nutrients. But in even more recent years, many parents have begun to identify this problem and are looking for solutions such as school lunch delivery programs like The Lunch Mob.

Studies done by Harvard University have shown that there is a powerful link between eating a lot of vegetables and the reduction in the chances of developing cancer. One possible reason for this correlation is that there are some fruits and vegetables that have properties that prevent cancer. However, the studies have not identified the specific fruits and vegetables so it is important to have a variety.

Another advantage of having a healthy school lunch delivery is that it has been proven that children and adults that eat more fruits and vegetables manage to keep their blood pressure within acceptable limits. With more people suffering from high blood pressure, the inclusion of vegetables in the children’s diet is likely to have a positive effect later in life.

Children are normally susceptible to common illnesses such as having sore throats and the common flu. Research done over many years has shown that children that consistently eat fruits develop a resistance for these conditions. Some fruits such as lemons are known to offer relief from conditions such as a common cold or a sore throat. Vegetables are also good for digestion and children that eat a lot of vegetables are less likely to suffer from stomach complications.

It is important to note that the preparation of fruits and vegetables requires a high level of hygiene. The fruits ought to be washed with great care to ensure that they do not cause an upset stomach in children.

 The Lunch Mob understands the handling of these products and their school lunch delivery program maintains the highest standards of food hygiene and quality in order to provide your children with healthy and fresh foods that will help them stay healthy as they grow.

Healthy School Lunch Delivery Program Comes To Orange County

For many busy parents the act of packing your kid’s lunch has changed from an act of love to a nagging morning chore. As parents, it is difficult not to see this daily activity as just another item on our long list of things to do. Every parent has the desire to provide their kids with the most nutritious meals possible while also giving them meals that they are happy to eat. Fortunately, the crew at The Lunch MOB has created a solution to keep kids healthy and happy while also taking out the hassle for busy, overwhelmed parents.

The Lunch MOB prepares food that is freshly made everyday. The very best ingredients are used in all meals so that a healthy school lunch delivery system is available to parents, their kids, and schools. Local private schools in the Orange County area are partnering up with this popular startup because of its well-known reputation. Through its online service parents are able to make sure that food allergies, likes, and dislikes are taken into account when ordering the meals their kids will eat throughout the week. Parents also have the ability to order food for the entire week or for any given number of days. It’s up to the parents to decide on the rate of food delivery to each child. The Lunch MOB recently released a brand new app (on Android and iOS), allowing parents to order meals for their kids anytime, anywhere. Forget to pack your kid’s lunch? Not a problem, pull out your phone or tablet and order your child a lunch on the go.

The owners of The Lunch MOB, Jonathan and Aileen Bonuan, explain that there are benefits for all those that use The Lunch MOB as a solution to school lunches; the parents, their children, and the schools. Parents are able to avoid the daily chore and hassle of preparing school lunches, children get to enjoy fresh and highly nutritious food that actually tastes good, and schools don’t have to deal with a typical lunch program.

Kids 9According to Jonathan and Aileen, The Lunch MOB relieves parents from the daily chore of creating school lunches or relying on school lunch programs to give their kids what they need. This provides peace of mind to many parents who worry about whether or not their child is getting the nutrients they need. Schools also benefit from this program as it provides an easy and healthy school lunch delivery program on a daily basis. Jonathan and Aileen take it a step further by providing a percentage of the proceeds back to the schools, allowing a win-win-win for everyone.

The Lunch MOB started with a love and passion for food and healthy eating. It began about two years ago when as a father to two growing toddlers, Jonathan, began noticing the challenges of putting together lunches for his children. In the beginning, he thought putting together lunches for his kids was an easy chore that could be accomplished with little hassle. He quickly realized how monotonous the chore was and how much of a hassle it became to find and implement healthy lunches for his kids on a daily basis. Jonathan recalls the struggle stating, “I was packing the same “vanilla” lunches every week. While my kids weren’t directly complaining, I knew they were wanting more!” Jonathan became more and more concerned about his growing kids and their nutritional needs. This led him and his wife on a mission to find more options and choices for healthy-conscious meals that his kids would actually love to eat.

Aileen, a middle school math and science teacher, rallied with Jonathan to help find a solution to this daily struggle. She quickly worked with Jonathan, and together they were able to turn their idea for healthier and more delicious lunches into a business. The passion Jonathan has for the well being of his own children made it an easy decision to leave his 20 year long career in engineering to pursue and develop The Lunch MOB. Jonathan and Aileen knew they weren’t the only parents struggling to provide their kids with deliciously healthy meals while dealing with the everyday stresses of work and life. Eventually the idea of The Lunch MOB came to life and it is beginning to positively affect the lives of parents, children, and schools.

fresh vegetables on farm table with tag and logoThe Lunch MOB program allows parents, and more importantly kids, to choose from many different varieties of healthy lunches. They say that even the pickiest eaters will certainly find something they love in this program. There are over 55 entree choices to choose from that are healthy and made daily with fresh ingredients. This provides kids the freedom to choose from a wide variety of meals and gives parents the peace of mind that quality ingredients are being served to their children. The Lunch MOB is quickly growing in the Orange County area and is becoming the healthy school lunch delivery program that private schools have been looking for.

Currently, The Lunch MOB offers its services to daycares, camps, private, and parochial schools. Unfortunately, there are numerous schools that fail to offer healthy lunches to their students. This has become a common occurrence because many schools can not substantiate the expense and overhead involved with offering such a program.

It’s good to know that there is a healthy school lunch delivery program like The Lunch MOB available for us busy parents. Programs like this give parents and their children the opportunity for a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle.