Vitapod Lunchbox No. 2

We all know planning meals can be difficult – between coming up with a meal idea to trying to find something healthy that your children will also eat. For this series, we wanted to do the heavy lifting for you – by coming up with a delicious lunch to go with a Vitapod drink and a nutrition breakdown to put your mind at ease! 

These meal inspirations have been created for the age group of 5-8 years old. Which means that our meal recommendations are designed to suite the daily fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy recommendations for children between the ages 5-8 by the USDA. For vegetables, this age group should have 1.5 to 2.5 cups a day. For fruit, 1 to 2 cups a day. For protein, 3 to 5.5 oz-equiv. For grains, 2 to 3 oz-equiv. And for dairy, 2.5 cups.  

This meal is a twist on a classic tuna salad – a vegetarian alternative with none of that fishy smell in the cafeteria during lunch but all of the protein! 

 

The Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup of chickpeas  
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt 
  • ¼ cup chopped celery 
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion 
  • Juice of half a lemon  
  • 1/3 of a cucumber  
  • 2 tbsp hummus  
  • 1 peach  
  • 1 Hydra+ Watermelon pod  

 

 

Steps: 

  1. Pour your cup of chickpeas into a medium size mixing bowl. Mash down the chickpeas lightly with a fork.  
  2. Add in the greek yogurt, celery, red onion, and lemon juice. Mix together until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste.  
  3. Feel free to slather the chickpea 'tuna' mix between two slices of whole wheat bread or you can also eat it on its own! 
  4. Cut a cucumber into slices and place alongside your hummus.  
  5. Cut a peach up for a nice sweet treat full of nutrients.  
  6. Pair with a watermelon Hydra+ pod and enjoy!

 

The Benefits:  

Chickpeas: Source of protein.  

Greek yogurt: Source of protein, dairy, and probiotics.  

Celery: Supports digestion, reduces inflammation, and is rich in fiber. 

Red onion: Source of an antioxidant compound called quercetin, which provides protection against cancer, heart disease and allergies.  

Cucumber: Promotes hydration and is high in nutrients and antioxidants.  

Hummus: Source of protein and fiber.  

Peach: Falls under daily fruit intake and provides vitamins A and C.  

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