Friday, April 13, 2012

Lunch Roundup #9

Lunch #9 actually has too much food for my kiddo, so I knew some would end up coming back. This week there is cold WW spaghetti, Garden Veggie Chicken Sausage, carrots, Pea pods, mixed fruit, and faux Nutrigrain bars (Oatmeal Squares).

The reason why I started making these bento box lunches is because of my youngest. I would buy one box of "treats" from the store for her lunches which was usually boxed Little Debbies. They started to become a huge issue however. She would eat them one right after the other early in the week at home so there would be none left for her lunches. I would inevitably go buy more so she would have her one sweet thing at school like her friends. The more she ate the crankier and more bossy she would become. It became a vicious cycle. 

Since I have been making the lunches and snacks homemade, she has been much more pleasant to be around although there was a week of hell to contend with when we started. Now, she isn't eating one sugary treat after another and I only have to go midweek grocery shopping for more fruit. The recipe below is supposed an alternative to Strawberry Nutrigrain bars. My oldest preferred them with jam and my youngest without. You can actually add anything into them you want like mini chocolate chips or dried fruit. 

  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Splenda
  • 2 large Egg White
  • 2 tbsp , 1% (Average)
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (100% Stone Ground)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cinammon, Ground
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 cups Oats - Rolled
  • 1 cup Lowfat Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil

  • 1. Heat oven to 350

    2. In a large bowl combine: sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix well. 

    3. in medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the large bowl and mix well.

    4. Add in oats and mix well. 

    5. Spread into a 9 x 13" pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are a little brown. 

    6. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut into 24 square bars.

    6. If you would like to add jam: slice each bar into 2 layers. Spread jam int he middle. 

    Servings 2 suares: 218 calories, 4g fat, 4g fiber

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