Wednesday, September 12, 2012
What's in the box Wednesday
Addie's lunch has half an avocado, pop chips, a mixture of smokehouse style and low sodium almonds, and a smoothie. She LOVES avocado and I read a tip somewhere recently of using lemon slices to keep them from turning brown in a lunchbox. I didn't have lemons, so I used limes. The smoothie is in the green tube on the right. I read about this idea at 100 Days of Real Food. I actually found these Silicone Ice Pop Makers at Ozark Natural Foods. I made a smoothie similar to what she suggests on her website with non-fat Greek yogurt, a frozen berry mix, banana, and spinach. Then I poured them into the molds, froze overnight, and placed them in the lunchbox. By lunch time, they will be thawed back to smoothie consistency. I tested it yesterday before trying in the lunchbox today, and it worked fine. Here's a picture of the box of molds I found at ONF.
Caroline's lunch has "Triscuit sandwiches" with ham and cheese, the other half of Addie's bag of pop chips, and grapes. I will have to adjust the smoothie recipe before I put it in her lunchbox. She's not a fan of the tangy taste of Greek yogurt, and I put quite a bit in this batch. Addie liked it, but I was pretty sure Caroline wouldn't have and I didn't want spilled smoothie all over the inside of the lunch bag. I wasn't really happy with the lack of color in her lunchbox today, but once I get the smoothie recipe worked out, I'll be able to hide that spinach in there!
*AFTER SCHOOL UPDATE* The pop maker lid came off before lunch and the smoothie got all over the inside of the lunchbag. :( Luckily, the Lunchbot kept the rest of her lunch safe. I will try again tomorrow with a rubber band holding the lid on longways and we'll see. I'm really glad that I didn't put one in Caroline's lunch yet!
*NEXT DAY UPDATE* I used the rubber band and placed the pop maker in a baggie and the lid did not come off! Success!