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Lunch-Box Confessions

Please tell me I’m not the only one whose lunch-packing routine looks like this: Wrap peanut butter & jelly sandwich in cellophane. (Pause for large sip of coffee.) Add assorted fruit and veggies to lunch box. (Detach toddler from my legs.) Toss in thermos of milk. (Glance at clock; have mild heart attack.) Pop lunch boxes into kiddos’ hands and hustle ‘em out the door. (Grab coffee again.) It’s something I can do half-asleep (and I do frequently)—but the food? It’s just meh.

So for everybody’s sake, I’m shaking things up in the brown-bag lunch department. Here are three perfect-for-packing recipes that I’m adding to my kids’ lunch boxes in the near future (and probably to mine, too!).  Continue reading

Top 5 Smoothies to Take Your Morning from “Oof” to “Oomph”

On those mornings when I just want to hit the snooze button forever (OK, that’s most mornings), I need something that’s going to make me feel like the rock star/superhero/professional athlete that I am (deep down inside, anyway). And I need it to take 10 minutes or less to put together since I’ve snoozed through most of breakfast time. These fruit smoothie recipes fit the bill. Continue reading