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Recipes

Recently I was speaking with a lovely lady named Hazel Key, who is the author of this wonderful recipe book called 'The Clever Packed Lunch'.

Hazel's passion for making 'clever', yet healthy and delicious food for childrens lunches is inspirational. She is a former tuck-shop CEO, and all of her recipes have been approved by a nutritionist, including some gluten-free recipes. I got the pleasure of tasting some of her lunchbox goodies at her presentation day and they were fun, very tasty, and packed full of goodness. With simple recipes, most of which can be prepared in advance, and then frozen into portions ready for school lunches, this is the perfect Lunchbox Recipe Book for busy families!

The Clever Packed Lunch is available in print, or as an interactive eBook form at - www.lunchideasforschool.com


 

 

CHEMICALS IN FRUIT & VEGES . . .

While stocking the pantry with all-organic food is ideal, unfortunately this isn’t feasible for some families. So what fruit and veg should you absolutely buy organic?

Research from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has analysed pesticide residue on fruit and vegetables to determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. If you can’t buy all organic all of the time, here is a list of fruit and vegetables dubbed “The Dirty Dozen Plus”, found to have the highest levels of pesticides:

Apples
Celery
Capsicum
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumber
Blueberries
Potatoes
Kale/Collard
Green Beans


When conventionally grown, these fruits and vegetables tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals.By buying these fruits and vegetables organic you can significantly lower your pesticide intake. Eating produce without pesticides may help reduce your risk of getting cancer and other diseases.