Recipes for Back to School – A Day in The Life!

A healthy well-balanced lunch for kids of all ages should consist of a couple of servings of vegetables at least one serving of animal protein and some good fats wherever you can sneak them in! An example would be a creamy broccoli salad (that gets better the longer it sits) and paleo nut-free chicken fingers, that taste just as good cold as they do warm. This is fun to do the night before with the kids and if you make lots of the chicken fingers they are great to throw in the freezer for another day that week! Easy peasy! Here are the recipes for both plus a healthy fast breakfast smoothie and delicious crispy chicken wings! Ready set go!!

Creamy Broccoli Salad

1 head broccoli, cut into small florets, approx. 4 cups

1 carrot, grated

2 Tbsp red onion, fine dice

4 strips bacon, crumbled

½ bell pepper, fine dice

¼ cup some kind of fruit – halved grapes, pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries

2 Tbsp some kind of nuts/seeds – sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts (optional)

2/3 cup Paleo Mayo OR regular mayo

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbsp sweet vinegar – apple cider, raspberry, coconut, or white balsamic

salt and pepper

  • Trim broccoli florets into small knuckle sized pieces. Reserve stems for broccoli slaw or stir-fry.
  • Mix mayo, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper in large bowl.
  • Add broccoli, grated carrot, crumbled bacon, red onion, fruit and nuts to bowl and toss thoroughly to coat.

Chicken Fingers

4 free-range chicken breasts, sliced in 3-5 strips and pounded thin

1 cup ++  coconut oil, for frying

Egg Wash:

4 eggs, whisked

½ cup coconut milk

½ Tbsp garlic powder

½ Tbsp chili powder

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

Breading:

3 cups cassava flour (can find at health food store) 

1 ½ cups coconut flour

1 cup graded parm cheese (if handle dairy)

2 Tbsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp salt (himalayan)

¼ tsp pepper

  • Mix all egg wash ingredients and all breading ingredients in separate bowls.
  • Dip strips one at a time in egg wash, then breading mixture. Coat evenly.
  • Fry in batches using 1/3 cup hot coconut oil each batch.
  • Lay out of baking sheet and finish in the over for 10min – till completely cooked through

Not sure what to make for breakfast before school? We all know there’s not much time in the morning to make anything, so better than just running to have some cereal how about making a healthy kid approved morning energizing smoothie?! Takes 10min to make and it will start your kid’s day off with a bang! Here is a simple recipe for a well-balanced breakfast smoothie! 

Energizing Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 4

2 cups coconut water

2 cups coconut milk

2 scoops vanilla protein powder OR Collagen powder (optional) 

2 bananas

4 tbsp flax seeds, ground

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 cups frozen cherries or mixed berries

1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

3 handful spinach

3 tbsp hemp hearts

  • Put all ingredients into blender, blend on high for 2-5min and then serve! 

How about a quick delicious and fun dinner when the kids get home? Chicken wings are loved by most, but when you get them good and salty and crispy they are the best! The recipe below is very easy and very tasty, it also gets in lots of those good fats that are very important for growing those children! Just serve with some fresh cut up veggies and you have a quick, very healthy and well-balanced meal! 

Coconut oil Chicken Wings:

1-3 lbs chicken wings 

1 ½ – 2 ½ cups of melted coconut oil 

garlic powder to taste 

Himalayan salt to taste (more is better) 

Smokey paprika 

Heat oven to 475 F 

Melt coconut oil on the stove 

Toss in a big bowl all ingredients till coconut oil just starts solidifying again 

Place wings flat on a baking tray, skin side upCook at 475 for 30 min then turn down to 450 for 30 more m

About the author ...

Hannah discovered her love of food and nutrition working in the restaurant industry. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with all aspects of food, from creating meal plans, presenting it, purchasing it, knowing what it does to our bodies, understanding the environmental aspect of it, understanding what our bodies require, and cooking it. In these roles accompanied with her diploma in Holistic Nutrition she is ready to help all ages achieve their health goals and teach simple understanding of holistic nutrition.