The Good Grain Lunch Box Giveaway CAN

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We are all working against the clock to get kids out the door, while ensuring they have a healthy lunch, and one they will eat too! Two of my four are the pickiest of eaters and I am always worried they are getting what they need. 

Luckily Grain Farmers of Ontario is here to help! They have teamed up with Healthy Grains Institute and Registered Dietitian and mom, Cara Rosenbloom to help fill lunchboxes across the province with healthy and balanced meals that children can get excited about.  Cara has developed some simple, tasty and nutritional lunchtime staples that create a balanced meal: Grainiac Mediterranean lunch box

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Grainiac Mediterranean Lunch Box

Soy hummus

In this unique version of hummus, traditional sesame seed tahini is replaced with the equally “nutty” taste of soy butter. Bonus: it’s now school-safe for classrooms where nuts and seeds are restricted.

Makes 8 servings (each serving is 1/3 cup)

Ingredients:

  • 19 oz. can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained
  • 1⁄4 cup silken tofu
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp soy butter (such as Wowbutter)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Method:

1. In a food processor, add chickpeas, tofu, lemon juice, soy butter, oil, cumin, and garlic.

2. Process until smooth.

3. Add salt and pepper, adjusting to taste.

4. Serve with whole grain pita crisps and vegetables for dipping.

Note: If you use canned beans that contain added salt, omit the 1⁄2 tsp of salt in the recipe

Nutrition Facts (per 1/3 cup serving): 156 calories, 6 g fat, 20 g carbohydrate, 7 g protein, 150 mg sodium, 4 g fibre

Whole grain pita crisps

These crispy, whole grain, baked chips add super crunch to lunch and are perfect for dipping. Look for pitas made from whole grain whole wheat flour to boost the fibre and nutrient content of these crisps.

Makes 16 crisps (2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole grain pita (6 inch), cut into 2 halves
  • 1 tsp mild-flavoured oil, such as corn or soy
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. (previously on line 5)

2. Open the pita carefully so it does not tear.

3. Brush the inside of each half with oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garlic.

4. Cut each half of pita into 8 triangles using a knife or pizza cutter.

5. Bake about 7 minutes, or until triangles are golden and crispy.

Nutrition facts (per 8 crisps): 120 calories, 4 g fat, 17 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein, 218 mg sodium, 2.5 g fibre

To complete the lunch box, add:

  • 1⁄2 cup each cherry tomatoes and cucumbers
  • 1⁄2 cup red grapes
  • 100 g Greek yogurt

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Food for thought:

  • Whole grain products provide great nutritional value. They contain fibre, B-vitamins and minerals that are necessary nutrients for growth and development.
  •  A balanced meal should include: whole grains, vegetables & fruit and protein.
  • Cara recommends the balanced plate approach: fill your plate, or lunch box with: half vegetables or fruit, a quarter protein and a quarter whole grains.
  • Get kids excited about their lunch by giving it a cool name & using bright colours.
  • Grains are local: there are 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers right here in Ontario!

Our school has a very strict no nut policy. So I could not send wow butter to school with my six year old as it may look too much like peanut butter. I figured it was hard for her to explain, being only six. So we recreated the recipe above for an after school snack. There definitely was a Mediterranean taste to itI also added sliced apples and cheese. The kids tried it and were very happy with it. It is nice to have them try new things and actually finish eating them. 

For more information and some great recipe ideas, check out Good in every Grain  

giveaway time

Looking to recreate the recipe above? I have a tasty recipe for one lucky Canadian reader valued at $100 containing

 

  • A new colourful & compartmented lunchbox 
  • A gift card to Metro grocery store ($50) 
  • WOW BUTTER, a delicious soybean –based alternative to peanut butter
  • Good in Every Grain gear, including a folding water bag, buttons & kid shirts

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize pack !

  2. I would love to win so that my family could try out the WOWbutter before buying it. The shirts and other goodies would be great too.

  3. Jeannie Lam says

    I would love to win this prize pack because I want to try Wow butter!

  4. angie andrews says

    my daughter needs a new lunchbox and we would all love to try the WOW butter

  5. …curious about Wow butter!

  6. cottagebunny says

    I would love to give this lunch kit to my little grandson and I would be very interested in trying the Wow Butter too.Thank you for the great giveaway.

  7. cottagebunny says

    I went to Savings Made Simple .ca and I learned how to make a DIY wreath for christmas using decorative Christmas balls.

  8. Erika Belanger says

    This would really help me with making my sons lunches for school!

  9. Wendy Hutton says

    I would love to win this as we have never tried Wow butter and would love to

  10. I want to use the lunchbox. I think it's too cute.

  11. Always looking for healthier options to try

  12. I have been wanting to try WOWButter for a while

  13. Looks like a great lunch box 🙂

  14. We always eat out and this helps perfectly storing healthy foods!

  15. I've been curious about how WowButter tastes, but have not yet purchased it. It would be great to win.

  16. sschool2010 says

    I've tried WowButter and absolutely love it! It's great to put in lunches too! (And a gift card to shop at Metro, especially at this time of year, is also something great to have!)

  17. sschool2010 says

    I got some new ideas from the 3 Gift Wrapping Hacks article!

  18. I would love to win

  19. I would like to win because my sons have to use Wow butter for school so it would be great to have

  20. I'd love for my family to try WOW Butter & that lunch box looks like it would be super handy!

  21. I would love to win this because it sounds like it would make packing lunches so much easier!

  22. Carol Denny says

    Iits always nice to a gift card for groceries.

  23. I'd like this because it would be great for my sons lunches

  24. I would liek to win because I'm always stumped about what tp make for school lunch. this may help inspire me.

    Jonnie

  25. julie_bolduc says

    I would like to win this just to try the wow butter I can’t find it in my local store

  26. My daughter needs a new lunchbox!

  27. I want to win because I think this lunchbox is great and I also want to try the Wow butter

  28. We would love to try wow butter, have heard a lot about it

  29. I would love to win because I really want to try and make lunches healthier and fun in the new year and I think this might help get me started!

  30. One tip I got from savingmadesimple.ca it to use empty bath tissue roll's to help keep wrapping paper from unrolling – great tip!

  31. kathy downey says

    I would love to win so we could try out the WOWbutter,the other items are a bonus

  32. I'd love to try out the WOW butter and the lunchbox is pretty cool too!

  33. Victoria Ess says

    I would love to try wowbutter and have things to make lunches more fun!

  34. I want to win this to give to my sister in law for my niece.

  35. I would love to win because we use wow butter all the time and I we would use the lunch box and water bottle everyday.

  36. We are moving this week and my daughter will be going to a new school. This will help her get the new yr off to a great start!

  37. I would love to win this for my kids. Peanut butter is banned in their school…so we'd love to try the Wow Butter too!

  38. Brenda Lacourciere says

    Id love to win for my 7 year old because he has lots of restrictions at his school.

  39. One of my new year's goals is to think more and watch about what I am putting in my mouth and this would help me get off to a new start.

  40. I have nut allergies and that WOW butter is good, but expensive.

  41. I like the home made hostess gifts. I make my famous fudge and I HAVE to bring it all prettied up whenever I visit somone.

  42. I would like to win because this would be extremely useful for everyones lunches!

  43. I read about a DIY Ornamental Wreath that I think I want to try!
    http://www.pgeveryday.ca/home-garden/home-decor/a

  44. kathy downey says

    I learned about the Gift-wrapping Hacks

  45. This would come in handy for our lunches

  46. This lunchbox would really help me ensure my oldest has more variety in her lunches! Wow – such a great giveaway! 🙂
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  47. would love to GC – love free groceries

  48. I would love to win because my little guy has a peanut allergy and we could use the Wow butter.

  49. I found a recipe for Taco Pizza on homemadesimple.ca.

  50. my daughter could use a new lunch box

  51. Love the DIY ornament wreath on savingmadesimple.ca…..it's a beauty! I've made wreaths from fresh branches, but I'd love to try with ornaments!

  52. I have tried wow butter and it's really good. As well, that GC would come in so handy.

  53. Johanne LCastonguay says

    Because this is a fantastic prize!

  54. I'd love to win it to give to my daughter-in-law. She's started eating healthier, and this would be perfect!

  55. J' aime le beurre d'arachides, je les essais tous mais je n'ai jamais entendu parler de cette marque alors je veux bien y goûter.

  56. I would love this for a take-along snack pack for my toddlers (I am a toddler educator at a daycare). We love Wow butter!

  57. Juliee Fitze says

    Would like to use the lunchbox and to try the wowbutter.

  58. great gift for my niece!

  59. I want to win because so many healthy items and the WOW butter looks good!

  60. My little girl loves eating little bits of food for lunch rather than one big sandwich. I think this lunchbox would be perfect for her.

  61. I would love to win mostly for the WOWButter and the Metro GC that I can use to buy more WOWButter.

  62. butterflyamyc says

    It looks like it would be fun to have for my kids lunches/

  63. Kayla Gilbert says

    I would like to win because I love creating cute lunches for my daughter.

  64. I've heard about WOW BUTTER and am curious to try it and the gift card would certainly be helpful – healthy lunches aren't cheep.

  65. Gail Vaz-Oxlade's tips are as always spot on. There was nothing really new to me, but it's a good reminder – and I needed one!

  66. julie bolduc says

    I would like to win this for my kids lunch, and winning is funnnnn lol

  67. Jennifer P. says

    I want to win because my daughter and I would both love that lunch box (we don't like our different foods touching) and I have been wanting to try the Wowbutter. And while we don't have a Metro grocery store near us, there is one right near my family back east, so I would love to send the gift card to them or maybe even use it on our next visit.

  68. holly ogorman says

    I'm always looking for healthy new lunch ideas for my daughter so this would be great

  69. Love the DIY DIY Ornament Wreath!! Must make some next year 🙂

  70. BobbiJo Pentney says

    I am tired of putting veggies into plastic bags.

  71. We enjoy wow butter as i have a child with a nut allergy. The gift card would be wonderful.

  72. Elva Roberts says

    I would give this to my oldest great grand son who started Grade 1 this year.

  73. missbobloblaw says

    I'd love to win because my kids can always use (and lose) lunch gear!
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  74. I would love to try the wow butter. The lunchbox would be great for my little grandson too.

  75. Victoria Ess says

    I love the tip 5 Last-minute Holiday Centrepieces

  76. Miriam Wilton says

    i would love to win this for my daughter. she would look so cute with her little lunch box on her first day of school

  77. Rosanne Robinson says

    I would love to win this prize package for my grandson. He's a very fussy eater and not allowed to bring peanut butter in his lunches, because the school has banned it, but he is allowed to bring Wow butter.

  78. I would like to win this so my boys could try the wow butter

  79. SOUNDS REALLY HEALTHY

  80. Everyone in my family is fighting over who gets to use the re-usable lunch containers we have. This one would eliminate any future fights

  81. I would like to win this for my nephew

  82. Susan Patterson says

    I would like to win this because I would love to try Wow butter – thanks!

  83. I visited saving made simple and read the post Common Cents: Tips for the New Year. I liked the tip be sure to pick simple ways that improve your finances — like reducing movie or pay-per-view expenses — and taking advantage of your local library. We save so much money by visiting our library to borrow a dvd or book instead of buying them.

  84. Would like to try out the Wow Butter

  85. I want to win this for my niece! I think she would love the wow butter

  86. wow butter is tasty without the additives

  87. billiondollarprincesss says

    The lunchbox is nice and i want to try the wow butter.

  88. I need a lunchbox for work

  89. I'd love to win this prize pack for my niece. She started school this year and we pack her lunches everyday. I think she'd love this fun and colourful lunch box!

  90. chickie brewer says

    Products are cute and I would like to try wow butter!

  91. Caroline Moustache says

    because it would help me be better organized for lunches & the gift card would be great too!

  92. Elva Roberts says

    I especially like your tip for making Upcycled thank you cards from leftover Christmas materials. They are simple to make and look very elegant. Thank you for this tip.

  93. Monique L.S. says

    I love the lunchbox. It will be so useful for when my daughter goes to school.

  94. because my friend who is celiac can eat the wow butter when she comes to visit

  95. My kids like the wow butter

  96. Would really like to try the Wowbutter. Have heard great things.

  97. This would be fabulous for lunches for myself and the rest of my family. Easy to be healthier when there is a spot for everything.
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  98. I think this would be great for my nephew. He's the pickiest eater I've ever seen and I know my sister is running out of ideas.

  99. Maria McLachlan says

    could use more lunch items for son. Love the box and all the compartments.

  100. I love that lunchbox, its so handy

  101. I want to try the wow butter!

  102. kimm Coleman says

    What a great prize.

  103. I'd love to win the prize pack because I'd love the lunchbox for my grand-daughter and would really like to try the wow butter from my grandson who is allergic to peanuts

  104. I read some good tips on bringing hostess gifts

  105. I want to win so I have something good to serve when my niece with allergies comes for lunch!

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