As I grow more aware of what is being unnecessarily added to our food and the nutrients being left out, I become a bigger advocate for brands who are doing what they can to meet high standards of safe and healthy food, while remaining easy to prepare. I’m sure you’re wondering how these things can possibly exist together, right??
The staples we usually have at home consist of apples, bananas, mini peeled carrots (because why would kids eat normal shaped carrots?), almond milk, and Quorn. This company makes vegetarian meat substitutes and they do a damn good job. Our favorite Quorn product is the “chicken” nugget. For meat lovers: the texture of this is so close to a regular chicken nugget you would not be able to tell the difference. Little Boo (my three-year-old) has no idea she’s not eating chicken. And Leni (my twelve-year-old) requests them, so it’s no surprise that while making a list of snacks it’s at the top of the list.
With four people in our home, meal and snack prepping can become exhausting with a list of the many other things I do on a daily basis. I love being able to have a healthy protein option for my family without worrying about additives, GMOs, or where a meat we are ingesting came from. The added convenience makes this momma’s life easier — it’s one thing I know I won’t have to spend time worrying about.
Since we are approaching back-to-school, I’ve been coming up with ways to pair the chicken nuggets with other healthy food. I knew Leni would go nuts over having them in her lunch, I added some brown rice (disguised as a panda), and an apple sliced into thin pieces — because she’s my kid and I know convenience is a thing.
This has become a fun activity we do together — preparing a bento box with an assortment of snacks to go with a staple that we know will always be there, because it makes our lives healthier, convenient, and more fun.