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Ask the Chef: How Can I Add Superfoods Into Back-to-School Lunches?

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Sep 6, 2015 11:30:14 PM

Do you have any tips for adding superfoods into back-to-school lunches?

If you really want to turn a school lunch into a cool lunch, it's all about the superfoods! Many of us worry about the sensitive palettes of our children, catering to them by using more neutral foods and flavors that we know won't garner any complaints. The truth is, there are many superfoods that kids are surprisingly big fans of, and especially when combined with known treats, these special ingredients can add an incredible nutritional impact! Here are some superfoods tricks to try out this school year:

Sneak into Sandwiches
Regardless of your child's favorite sandwich, I guarantee you can boost it with superfoods! Savory sandwiches made with a protein, avocado, tomato, etc, can be enhanced with protein-rich superfoods like hemp seeds and chia seeds, which can either be sprinkled inside the sandwich, or mixed into a spread if you're using one. If your child likes greens, don't forget to pack in a few leafy greens like baby spinach too! Sweet sandwiches, like a PB&J, are great with a few added berries inside, such as raspberries, chopped strawberries, or dried sweet mulberries - kids love the extra “treat!â€

Make a Trail Mix
Smart snacks are a crucial part of any lunch box, which kids can munch on at any time of the day when they get hungry. And, few things are more perfect for this task than a simple superfood trail mix! Make your own kid-friendly version by mixing together your child's favorite cereal with nuts, seeds, and dried superfruits like goji berries, goldenberries, and dragonfruit. Depending on the age, you can also have your child be a part of making their own unique blend of trail mix so you know they'll love it.

Whisk into Dips
If you're including a dip like hummus or ranch to go along with a cup of cut fresh veggies, rest assured: this is another great place to add superfoods! A little bit of wheatgrass powder blended into dips and dressings is a great way to stealthfully sneak in a massive amount of green nutrition without changing the flavor (and you can also do the same with a pinch of camu powder for extra vitamin C). For a more obvious superfood addition, mix in some delicious hemp seeds (which go great with nut butters) or some neutral flavored chia seeds (the perfect addition to salad-dressing dips).

Make Dessert a Superfood Snack
Let's face it: a small dessert is the most exciting part of a kid's lunch box, and there's no reason why it can't be truly good-for-you (shhhhh)! For chocolate lovers, whip up a batch of this incredible chocolate pudding, made with real cacao and avocados - one recipe will last a whole week! Or, you can make a batch of low sugar Goji Cherry Squares that are definitely sure to satisfy a sweet tooth. If you don't have time for homemade, including a few squares of Navitas Naturals Power Snacks can do the trick perfectly - which pack in a whole rainbow of nutirious superfoods in every bite!

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