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.

School Lunch Program: How to Deal with Picky Eaters

Is you child a picky eater? Most kids go through some period of time when they refuse to pick up the fork. Some are worse than others, but it’s something that just about every parent has to deal with at some point. They can be particularly difficult when it comes to anything healthy, ESPECIALLY veggies. If this is something that you have struggled with as a parent, you’re in luck: the school lunch program, The Lunch Mob, is here to help with some tips for parents with picky kids.

Sometimes Full Really Does Mean Full

It’s important to respect your child’s appetite. Children often know when they are full. Kid’s aren’t as good at ignoring signals from their body as adults (like when you’re tired but ignore it). Notice how your kids often overreact to a minor scrape or injury? When their body tells them something kids notice! It’s the same with food. A kid who says that they are full, unless they’re just lying, really is full and should stop eating. It’s important for kids to learn to respect that signal from their body telling them to stop eating. So unless you think your little one is trying to pull a quick one on you to avoid that broccoli, let the veggies stay and respect that they are full.

Follow A Routine

Creating and following a particular feeding routine is a good method of breaking through picky eaters. It enables the child’s body to know and expect big meals and little snacks. Begin by setting time for meals and snacks that you adhere to strictly. If a child refuses to eat at that set time, make them wait for the next serving: they won’t miss it next time. One part of your routine is already set: lunchtime at school. A school lunch program like The Lunch Mob provides kids with healthy meals at a set time every weekday.

Be Patient

It may be frustrating when you are trying to introduce new foods so patience is required. Children have very strong senses. When they try a new food, it is sometimes the first time they have ever had anything resembling it. There’s not a lot of food experiences for them to relate things to. Be patient with them, and maybe try adding in foods that are similar, if not exactly the same, as other foods they like.

Make It Fun

Children often learn well through playing and having fun. It is, therefore, important to incorporate these during meal times. Have your kids help you cook or even make trying new foods into a game. These tactics may work in making your kid warm up to the idea of something new.

Involve Them When Ordering From Our School Lunch Program

Carry your child along when going for shopping at the grocery store; give them a chance to select their favorite fruits, vegetables, and other healthy meals at The Lunch MOB. Have them help you cook so that they see the process and know what they are eating. If they help, they may also feel invested in the idea that it will be something good.

The Lunch Mob is school lunch program that offers all sorts of healthy foods for your child to choose from. With over sixty entree options, The Lunch Mob, is a school lunch program that will keep your child healthy and happy.

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School Lunch Program: Carbs, Dieter’s Worst Enemy and Children’s Best Friend

While Carbs Are A Dieter’s Worst Enemy, A Good School Lunch Program Can Provide Healthy Carbs For Your Growing Kids

Carbohydrates. The enemy of countless dieters, but is this often demonized nutrient the enemy of our children? No! Carbohydrates in a proper school lunch program are crucial in providing energy to rambunctious kids. The very same energy that adults often avoid to get rid of fat, children need to stay energized. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, which replenishes cell energy and fuel not only your child’s playtime, but also their class time. If children are to stay active and alert throughout the day, they need to replenish their brain’s energy by eating high carb foods such as spaghetti, breads, and potatoes.

It is important to serve foods, through a proper school lunch program, with enough of the nutrients to fuel America’s growing youth. Children’s developing bodies demand high levels of energy as they grow which is ensured by the use of these foods. Not only their bodies, but also their brains are developing: demanding energy in order to reach their full potential.  Sometimes kid’s can feel full even if they haven’t gotten all of the nutrients and energy fueling they need. This can be due to overly fibrous, or empty calorie foods such as candy or even something unexpected like iceberg lettuce. High carbohydrate foods often contain many other important nutrients. For instance, potatoes, when not peeled, contain substantial amounts of fiber and Vitamin C. A serving of pasta provides a third of a child’s daily protein requirements.

Additionally, kid’s love many high carb foods. Pasta and potatoes are generally very popular with them, and they also serve as good carriers of other healthy foods. Masking foods such as broccoli or spinach, which are high in vitamins, in these foods is a good way to sneak them in during lunchtime. Finely chopped vegetables mixed into pasta will pass right under a child’s finely tuned radar.

Since carbohydrates are such excellent providers of energy for kids and often good carriers of nutrients school lunch program should offer a variety of carbohydrates to ensure a healthy and balanced diet for children. One of the ways to ensure this is by hiring the services of school lunch providers, such as the Lunch Mob, for your child’s school lunch program.

The Lunch Mob is a school lunch provider that offers a variety of carbohydrates for children. They offer many foods high in carbs, such as various pasta dishes to fuel children’s play and learning.  

The Lunch Mob avoids added sugars and empty calories that can be found in many baked products, soft drinks, snacks, sweets, and pastries that are harmful to children’s health and well-being. They provide an immediate spike in energy but are low in nutrition and cause sugar crashes.

A school lunch program, such as the Lunch Mob, can provide the nutrients your kids need to succeed. They help continue healthy habits you start at home in order to ensure the proper growth of your children. Getting actively involved in your child’s health by hiring the Lunch Mob can have a positive impact on the way your children eat, learn, and play at school, making for a happier, and healthier child.

What Do School Lunch Programs Look Like From Around the World?

Here at The Lunch MOB, we like to discuss and help educate you on why healthy school lunch programs are so important for your kids. Recently there were some photos taken of school lunch programs from around the world that were a striking contrast from what American children are eating every day at school in the U.S.

Even with the recent shift from government to get a better handle on school lunches being served to millions of children in the U.S., there are still roughly 32 million children eating unhealthy cafeteria style lunches every day. That number does not account for large number of kids attending private schools or the children who bring lunches from home. Our nation is becoming more and more aware of the childhood obesity rate in our country that has truly become an epidemic.

The Lunch MOB is a company that is looking at a fresh and unique way to not only battle this very problem in the schools with their unhealthy school lunch programs, but also to provide parents with an easier and healthier solution to the boring, brown bagged lunch alternatives. One of the biggest challenges The Lunch MOB has solved is finding fresh ingredients and nutritious foods that kids will actually eat. We have all seen the news in the last year of kids around the nation taking to Twitter and other social media channels to refuse and boycott the first lady’s push for healthy meals. As the saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.” The Lunch MOB has created more than 60 different meal choices for kids and parents to choose from, allowing even the pickiest of eaters to find something they will like.

It appears that The Lunch MOB has taken notice of school lunch programs from around the world and put their own spin on some delicious kid favorites, while providing the nutrients they need. Take a look at the following countries school lunch programs meals being served to kids:

Italy

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Local caught fish served on top of a bed of arugula. freshly made pasta with a lite tomato sauce, crisp red seedless grapes, a child’s version of caprese salad, and a freshly baked baguette. Lot’s of great choices here for kids, and of course since this is Italy, you would expect to have at least one pasta dish.

Finland

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Freshly cooked pea soup, whole wheat roll, carrot salad, beet salad, and pannakkau (a thin dessert pancake) topped with some fresh berries. You will notice in this meal there are no meats being served, depending on how the pea soup is cooked of course.

France

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Apple slices, Locally made cheese, fresh green beans with seasoning, kiwi slices, and seasoned cooked carrots. You will notice with this meal that is straight forward ingredients with some seasoning. Of course you can have a meal in france without some cheese.

Brazil

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Black beans and rice, pork with some local veggies, whole grain roll, fresh green salad, and some baked plantains (similar to bananas). This meal is rich in local and nationally grown ingredients. This meal represents its home country very well, bright and full of life.

South Korea

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Seasoned and cooked tofu over white rice, kimichi (traditionally a fermented side dish made of vegetables and a variety of seasoning), broccoli, red-yellow-green cooked peppers, and a fish soup. Notice that most of this meal is made up vegetables and grain.

Greece

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Baked boneless skinless chicken breast laid atop cooked orzo (pasta that resembles rice), fresh small oranges, greek yogurt with some pomegranate seeds, cherry tomato and cucumber salad, and steamed stuffed grape leaves. This entire meal speaks to greece, especially the use of citrus and “greek” yogurt.

Ukraine

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Cabbage salad, syrniki (a local dessert pancake), mashed potatoes with locally made sausage links, and borscht (a ukrainian soup that is usually made of beets). No doubt that this is a very simple meal, but made with locally grown and made foods.

Spain

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Sauteed peeled shrimp on top of a bed of brown rice and vegetables, whole grain roll, fresh orange, fresh pepper salad, and gazpacho (this is a juice, often misidentified as a soup, made from fresh raw vegetables and served cold). Another meal made from raw and fresh ingredients.

USA

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Fried processed “popcorn” chicken with processed and sugary sauce, mashed potatoes, chocolate chip cookie, canned green peas, and canned fruit cup in syrup.

The Lunch MOB

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The Lunch MOB carries more than 60 different meal choices, providing parents and kids a choice when it comes to picky eaters, while providing nutrients they need. For example, meals like, “Crunchy Oven Baked Fish Sticks,” provide a healthy alternative to regular fish sticks, this is made with firm and flaky cod fish in a seasoned mixture of low fat parmesan and whole grain breadcrumbs. Take a look at all of the options they have to offer.

It’s a bit shocking to to see so many other nations providing their school children nutritious and fresh school lunch programs, while American school kids are still being served processed and sugary foods. The Lunch MOB is hoping to change this for American families across the nation, however they believe it takes one community at a time to educate and teach parents on the quality and value that The Lunch MOB’s school lunch program provides. To learn more about The Lunch MOB, click here:

Photo’s provided by Distractify and Sweetgreen

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.

Healthy School Lunch Programs: 5 Healthy Creative Treats for Halloween

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With Halloween lurking around the deserted street corner next to the shadowy castle on the hill, there are many fun, simple ways to channel the better spirits of All Hallow’s Eve while staying away from the ones that will rot your teeth. With the popular trend of schools taking charge in encouraging good eating with healthy school lunch programs provided by The Lunch MOB, parents can maintain this sentiment through the inevitable candy hauntings and sugar scaring.

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Jack O’Lanterns can get messy, time-consuming, and a bit frustrating to deal with. However, there’s a way to keep the amusement of those smiling pumpkins while simplifying matters by making them smaller. With a marker, you can make small jack o’lantern tangerines or oranges by drawing faces on the peel as a small surprise for your child and a bit of additional incentive for them to eat it.

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In addition to vitamin C, healthy school lunch programs make sure to give a well-rounded nutritional basis for kids to follow. Naturally, this would include potassium, and this aspect of your child’s diet can be filled with “boo”nana pops, created by Skinny Taste. Terrifying puns aside, you can fix this snack hassle-free by dipping bananas into liquid white chocolate, decorating to make them look like adorable ghosts, and freezing them overnight to be packed for tomorrow. They each only have half-an-ounce of chocolate per pop, making them much healthier than a standard chocolate bar from that shady haunted house next to the dim lamplight down the crooked street.

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Pizza doesn’t really grant a sense of healthy eating to many, but with new, innovative recipes and clever placement of vegetables, pizza can get as healthy as brussel sprouts doused in fish oil while actually being edible, and wonderfully so. With The Lunch MOB’s healthy school lunch programs, you can find a cauliflower bread substitute. Turn this into a splendid Frankenstein pizza creation with tomato sauce and some toppings of choice, and it becomes a lunch your children will assume to be you spoiling them because it tastes so nice. Keeping in touch with Halloween, you can theme the meal by slicing them into finger-shaped portions and tagging the top with a fingernail-shaped tomato slice, turning your kids into zombies that obtain 80% of their daily vitamin C with every serving.

5 Healthy Creative Treats for HalloweenSpooky Fruit Spider

Using a plum, three dozen grapes, and half-a-dozen toothpicks, you can spend some time connecting the fruits into a spider, with the plum sitting in the center and eight grape legs extending from the sides. The eyes can be made out of white chocolate with small raisins in the center, resulting in another harrowing snack, though this one might actually scare some people if they really don’t like spiders. Great idea from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

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Grains are an important part of healthy school lunch programs, and you can inspire a bit of Halloween spirit by turning pretzel sticks into witch brooms, created by Cocinanda Con Catman. Take a piece of cheese, cut it into a square, wrap it around the end of a pretzel stick, and keep it in place with chives as string. They look great as a party snack too, as you can lay them on a flat plate at a costume party.

Of course, it proves difficult to be creative with snacks and lunches with busy schedules and lots to do at home.The Lunch MOB can help you keep your children healthy with artisan, tasty meals delivered every school day — put together from scratch using ingredients from local growers — and it’s sure to free up a bit of time for your clever ideas, regardless of the season.