This time of year, many of us are searching for new combinations and flavors to add to the lunchbox menu. We want to make sure that the lunches we pack are healthy enough to nourish them, hearty enough to satisfy them, yet still interesting enough to entice them to EAT. While I am in complete denial about there being any chance of my kids NOT eating a good lunch (they eat everything I pack, right?), I do recognize that variety is the spice of life; so I join you in this pursuit.
This morning, I mixed up some fruit dip. It is the classic recipe many of us have:
1 7oz container of Marshmallow Fluff
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz. yogurt (I used Greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom, so it would be thicker and hopefully have recognizable fruit in it.)
Don't be lazy when making this. There is a world of difference between whipping it with a mixer and stirring it. Please whip. It doesn't take that long to wash the beaters. ;)
Today I took it one step further in the name of protein.
I separated the dip into 2 containers, half in each.
I closed one container to keep it "pure", but added peanut butter to the other.
The ratio was something like 1/2 dip, 1/2 peanut butter.
Enter: PB&J fruit dip!
It is YUMMY, if I do say so myself!
So yummy that I didn't take any pictures because I was busy eating.
I wondered, as I munched, if I could skip the fluff next time, for the sake of their little pancreases. I think it would be a worthy pursuit. But if you do use marshmallow fluff, perhaps natural peanut butter would be the best choice.
What do you pack in those little boxes? Are they eating it?