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Meal Planning 101 : Back to School Edition

Saying back to school time is an adjustment is definitely an understatement…

After two months of summer break, getting back into a structured routine can some getting used to.

You need to get back into the habit of….

  • Waking up early…
  • Organizing carpool…
  • Doing homework…

Oh and of course packaging healthy lunches!!

Of course in emergencies, your child can always purchase something in the cafeteria.

But bringing a lunch from home has so many amazing benefits.

1) As a parent, you are in control of what nutrients your child is getting.

2) Packing a lunch from home is very more affordable than the cafeteria.

3) No need to worry about misplacing lunch money.

What To Pack?

Okay, you know you want to pack your children a healthy lunch…

But the question is where to start?

Well if you keep on reading you will soon find out the secrets!

1) Pack Lunches The Night Before

When we are frazzled in the morning getting the kids out the door with lunch is not easy.

They secret is to pack launches the night before.

Organizing lunches the night before allows you to take your time and even get a little more sleep the next day.

The Importance Of a Healthy Lunch

Having a solid balanced lunch is crucial for kids – especially if they have longer days from after school activities.

Lunch is the period of the day where your child can refuel their body, and get a much-needed boost of energy.

We carry lots of cryo-vac deli options perfect for a high protein lunch!

Bonus Tip: If you have some extra time, you can even prepare lunches a few days in advance.

Stock up on Eppy’s Kosher Turkey Salami. It is low fat, low calorie and absolutely delicious!

BONUS

If you made it this far we want to say thanks by sharing our one of our favorite recipes!

Tuesday Tacos

Ingredients:

  • Ground chicken browned/drained
  • 1/2 Cup Diced onions
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. Chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 Tsp. Season salt

Cooking:

  • Mix everything together in a pan
  • Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes
  • Fill in soft or hard taco shells.
  • Top it with lettuce, tomato, guacamole and parve sour supreme
  • Enjoy!

Your Turn:

If you try out Tuesday Tacos take a photo and tag us we would love to see!

Top Tips For Travelling While Kosher

Traveling while keeping kosher can feel a little intimidating at first… but like any struggle in life the more you practice the easier it gets.

Of course, you can pick it up and learn to compromise on your own through trial and error…

But don’t forget, you can also learn from those who have already mastered it!

I have definitely picked up quite a few tips and tricks among my many travels and would love to share them with you.

Without further ado here are my top 4 tips on how to successfully travel while keeping kosher.

1) You Can Never Have Too Many Snacks

Snacks will be your best friend – especially if you are traveling with kids.

When packing your day bag be sure to bring a few extra snacks just in case.

When we travel, schedules can be unpredictable. If your day trip lasts a bit longer than you anticipated the last thing you want is to be starving with no snacks!

The type of snack you pack is up to you, but bags of nuts, dried fruit or granola bars are great since they are so compact.

Schedule Grocery Trips

Grocery store hours of operation don’t always compliment our schedules.

You can do your own research or ask around for nearby grocery stores opening hours.

Once you have got that figured out, you can add grocery visits into your daily itinerary without panic.

Fun Fact:

We carry our own products that can be found in grocery stores in the lower mainland.

If you happen to stumble across Eppy’s Kosher products at a local grocery store we highly recommend giving them a try.

Research

We are located right near the corner of Oak St and W41st Ave in Vancouver.

Definitely, something to keep in mind if you are traveling nearby.

Inquire About A Mini Fridge

Having a mini fridge in your hotel rooms is a huge benefit! It allows you to bring back leftovers, order takeout or do full on grocery trips.

The best part is if you find yourself having a midnight craving you can simply open the fridge and enjoy just like you would at home.

Are You Ready?

These are just a handful of ways you can feel more confident about your travels and keeping kosher.

Of course, there is always more than one way to do something.

So with that being said, we would love to hear from you!

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone traveling while Kosher for the very first time?

Have you ever used any of the tips we mentioned above?

Let us know in the comments!