Thursday, April 18, 2013

three lunches in the roomy elephant box

Still loving our fun elephant lunch box. :)  Here are a few lunches packed in it recently...

burrito & cinnamon chip lunch

One day this week Paige used the box for her school lunch.
- burrito, stuffed with shreded chicken, black beans, and cheese
- a few tortilla chips
- cinnamon tortilla chips
- grapes

The cinnamon chips were made by cutting a tortilla into puzzle pieces with a Lunch Punch cutter, spreading a little coconut oil on them and sprinkling with cinnamon. Then toasting in the oven until crisp.

This lunch ended up being a lot more carby than I would have preferred for her, but there was a lot of protein packed in the burrito. Most of the tortilla chips (both varieties) came back home uneaten.

One of little Tyler's lunches:
fun preschool lunch with puzzle sandwich, grapes, hummus, cucumbers and veggie chips
His fun lunch included:
- peanut butter on multigrain bread, cut into puzzle shapes and secured with simple bento picks
- grapes
- cucumber slices & baby carrots
- hummus in the small leak-proof mini dipper box
- veggie chips (which he really likes to dip in the hummus too)

And another Tyler lunch:
Boon Trunk Snack Box - preschool lunch with watermelon and puzzle muffins

- two big slices of watermelon (his new "faborite") & blackberries
- two puzzle piece shaped blueberry muffins (baked in my silicone puzzle pan)
- roasted chickpeas with homemade puzzle crackers on top
- two rolls of peppered turkey with a cute bear-face piece of jack cheese on top

So many puzzle pieces! What's the deal with that? It's Autism Awareness Month, of course! Here's our friend Amy to share another great autism message:
"Stimming (short for self-stimulating) is repetitive movements or utterances -- like hand flapping, rocking or repeating phrase -- common in autism. Autistic people stim to regulate emotions and sensory input. Actually, many non-autistics stim too. We're just less likely to notice these stims because pencil tapping or hair twirling is more socially acceptable than hand flapping. 
My son twirls his hair, makes a kind of clicking sound and paces in circles. I push my hair behind my ear when I'm nervous or embarrassed, but I didn't notice this until I shaved my head and found myself repeatedly raising my hand to my head to brush away hair that was no longer there. 
Maybe you stim too! Happy Autism Month!"
My Owen stims verbally - he talks to himself (quietly, muttering). His little monologues are often scripts from tv shows of movies he enjoys.  I find that I stim by rubbing and pulling on my earlobe, especially when I'm nervous or uncomfortable in social situations (total introvert here!). How about you?

Supplies used to make these lunches: 

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Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Those lunches are all ridiculously adorable! Would you be my mom? :)

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