Aug 28, 2012

Healthy Lunchbox Series Day 2 and a Recipe!

It's day 2 of the Healthy Lunchbox Series! My 7-year-old taste tester loved the finger food theme of yesterday's lunch, so I kept the eat-with-your hands theme going here. But with a nautical twist!

This lunch is nutritionally balanced, to provide a kid with the energy s/he needs to learn! There's your veggies (a chopped carrot) and peanut-free dip

There's your fruit, in the form of a Pear Strawberry Just Fruit Bar, made of 100% fruit (just pear puree, pear juice concentrate, and strawberry puree) with no added sugars, preservatives or additives.

There's your humor (a super-corny pirate joke), your 'kid's meal toy' (an eye patch from Pirate's Booty), your cheesy, all natural snack (Pirate's Booty is baked, with 50% less fat than chips, and is trans fat- and gluten-free) :

Here are the ingredients, for those of you who are curious:

And then you have the focal point of the meal, with your energy-giving carbs and healthy fats: homemade pancake pinwheels!

 They only take a few minutes to throw together, but they're delicious, convenient, and fun to eat!

 You start with your basic pancake.

 Quick & Easy Pancake (makes 1, serves 1)

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon Smart Balance Olive Oil & Butter blend, melted (or oil)
  • Oil for the pan


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).

  2. Heat a large, oiled skillet pan over medium heat. 
  3. Pour batter into pan, cook for 1-2 minutes on each side (flip once).
After your pancake cools (you can either let it sit on the counter for a bit or stick it in the refrigerator for a few minutes), the assembly begins!

PBJ Pancake Pinwheels (serves 1)

1) Spread the pancake with 2 Tbsp of PB Crave Razzle Dazzle.

2) Roll up the pancake, starting from one edge and rolling to the other, until you have a pancake log.

3) Stick five toothpicks approximately equal distances apart in the log.

4) Slice between each pair of toothpicks.

5) Enjoy!

They're so yummy and they also smell amazing with the Razzle Dazzle. I'd recommend using a flavored nut butter over nut butter and jam, because jam can make the pinwheels soggy if you make them the day before, as I did.

I recommend using a creamy nut butter (think Skippy-style: so like PB Crave or Barney Butter or something) over drippier nut butters for this recipe, because it makes the overall pinwheel mouth feel amazing.

Here's what my sister thought of the lunch: she didn't like the carrots and Wowbutter combination. She liked the Wowbutter, but thought carrots with nut butter sounded weird. She didn't eat the Just Fruit bar, because she ran out of time, and she only ate half of the Pirate's Booty (their lunches must be pretty short!) but the Pirate's Booty was her favorite part of the lunch.

Oh, and she laughed at my joke :) What's a pirate's favorite letter? Arrrrrr!

She also said she liked the pinwheels and that they were fun to eat. Though she said she unrolled half of them to make them easier to eat, so take that as you will... Anyway, I'm off to make up tomorrow's lunch!

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What was your favorite bag lunch as a kid?

What's your go-to bag lunch now?

Do you use a lunchbox for work/college or a paper bag or...?


  1. oh my god *_*
    this looks soo good - i think i will try this soon :)
    and i use lunchboxes for school - 2 boxes, one full with veggies and the other with whole wead bread, cottage cheese and chicken and some veggies :) (normaly but i depends on my mood in the morning, when i prepare it :D )

  2. I love this! I have an obsession with looking at photos of healthy packed kids lunches (Odd for a 23 year old... I know) When I was younger my mom made me pack my own lunches, so I went for convenience over nutrition, something I regret now.

  3. That's so sweet of you to make lunch for your sis :)
    The pancake pinwheels look fantastic! I wonder if it would work with a crepe...

    1. I bet so - crepes are essentially just thinner pancakes, right?

  4. That is awesome! I am seriously in love with pancakes and pinwheels would make them awesome lunchtime east at work too! I am literally trying this very soon!

  5. Aww these are adorable! Want to some pack my lunches for me? Pretty please?

    1. Thank you! It's a ton of fun to pack her lunches and my mom likes the break :P

  6. Oh my goodness- will you come pack my lunches?! Seriously. haha. Everything looks delicious and it's adorable!
    Those pancake pinwheels are brilliant.

    When I was in high school, I went through a crazy Pirates Booty phase. I literally ate bags and bags of it and not much else. It was ridiculous. Thankfully, it passed eventually. I haven't had any since becoming vegan but I'm definitely craving some now...

    1. Haha, thank you! Funnily enough, I first heard of Pirate's Booty in high school, too, because my roommate was CRAZY about it! I've always been more of a sweets girl, but I do have my Pirate's Booty phases :P

  7. So cute!
    I've been taking paperbags with my lunch to school, but I think I'm going to switch to lunchboxes this year, because I'm really sick and tired of squishy sandwhiches :P

  8. I love love love the pancake pinwheels idea! I'm definitely going to steal that idea for my future kids lunch boxes.. or mine :P


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