{Today’s Lunchbox} Treat-astic

by Valerie on February 28, 2011 · 4 comments

Monday lunchbox

Happy Monday! I tend to bring treats as part of my lunchboxes on Mondays and Fridays.  And Elana’s Almond Power Bars, which I made for Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger this month, definitely count as a treat.  I used raw chocolate to top the bars, and the combination of the bar, which is almondy and satisfying with the raw, not-too-sweet, chocolate takes it to dessert status instead of healthy snack status, though of course, this is actually a healthy snack packed with little sugar and lots of nutrition and good fats. I unwittingly made the power bars raw because I used raw almond butter. 

The other treat? Twin Oaks tofu, which I love love love. It is dense and flavorful and holds up well to grilling. And it does not need to be pressed.

Today’s lunchbox has a very large portion of quinoa salad, designed to be eaten over two meals, and two snacks:

My Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger post is forthcoming in the next few days, so you will get to hear more about how much I love Elana’s recipes.

Have a great day!

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1 Analiese February 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Wow, the almond power bar sounds amazing! I love anything almond-flavored, especially with chocolate, so this is right up my alley!

I've been meaning to ask you if you've been to Roots Market in Clarksville, MD? If not, it's definitely worth a trip. They have a huge and amazing gluten-free aisle, tons of dairy-free goodies, etc. It's also right around the corner from a fabulous vegan restaurant called Great Sage (with delicious and well-labeled GF options!) We made a day trip up there the other weekend, and it made me think of you!

On the topic of food and health, I wanted to let you know that I launched my holistic health coaching website (www.greenplatestudios.com), and will be blogging there about mindful living and healthy eating. The last couple months have been a tad crazy for me getting ready to launch the site, but now that it's up, I'm excited to re-connect with my favorite bloggers (like you!). Perhaps you'd be interested in doing a guest post at some point?



2 Iris February 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I really wish you would come and pack my lunches every day! Not only do they all look super healthy and delicious, but you manage a lot of variety, which is probably my number one problem these days. Sometimes I end up eating the same thing two out of my three meals of the day!


3 Alisa Fleming February 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Oooh, that is a yummy treat-packed box! I keep seeing Elana's Power Bar recipe all over the place, must be good!


4 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Analiese – congrats on your new venture. I will email you shortly.

Iris – you give me too much credit. I am lucky my husband cooks dinner often and insists on variety. It makes for more variety in terms of leftovers.

Alisa – the power bar recipe is seriously awesome.


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