Now, these are all positives that I like about the school. On a regular day, I don't have to worry about what my son will get to eat. Then there are socials, the Valentine's day party, Halloween party and more, where the school chefs are not making the food. I am all for kids socializing and having fun with their friends. My problem is with the food (that too junk food) in these parties. In all these parties, they serve loads of sugar in the form of cupcakes, doughnuts, marshmallows, Gatorade, you name it. I don't complain to the volunteer parents because I usually cannot volunteer for these events because of work schedules and my long commute to school. I think I should not complain about things where I cannot really contribute to any change. What I can do is to supplement my son with something that he can fall back on. I have educated him enough to make good choices wherever possible. I give him a wholesome and filling breakfast and he usually checks on the web on what is for lunch that day at school. So if there a 'party' in between in his class, he is generally not hungry (both literally and emotionally). The problem is when he has a social or party after school. On those occasions, I generally supplement him with something wholesome and filling that he can fall back on. Something like an energy bar, a box of cut fruits, or one banana.
Here is one such quick'n'healthy option that you can make ahead of time. It is made with oats, though I am pretty sure you can make this with buckwheat as well if you want a gluten-free version. Send them to school as a snack or take with you to work as breakfast or snack. It is power packed, so it is perfect for your hiking/biking trips, or other outdoor activities.
- Fig - 1 cup (chopped into small pieces)
- Steel cut oats - 1 cup + 1 cup
- Dried shredded coconut - 1 cup
- Chia seeds - 1/2 cup
- Virgin coconut oil -1/2 cup
- Flax seeds - 2 Tbs
- Himalayan pink salt - 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon powder - 2 tsp
- Dried ginger powder - 2 tsp
- Soak chopped fig in 1/2 cup of warm water for 30 minutes to soften. Blend them in a blender or food processor. Add coconut oil also and continue blending till mixed well.
- Powder the flax seeds in your coffee grinder and mix with 1/2 cup of water and set aside for 5 minutes to gel.
- Powder 1 cup of oats, mix with remaining dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix in the fig-coconut oil mixture and flax meal. Mix well to form a rough dough.
- Spread into a 8 X 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper and press evenly.
- Bake at 350 deg toaster oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Let it cool and cut into 2 inch squares.
- This makes 16 squares. Enjoy it for breakfast, or as a power snack :-)