Real Food and Lunch Box Goodies

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We are a much healthier family after this relocation.

When you have to drive an hour and 15 minutes to get to the nearest drive-thru, you don’t eat out much.  When you have to drive 20 minutes to get to the store, you don’t make those random little trips to the corner store to pick up a bag of chips or a bottle of root beer.  Rosie and I were talking about it the other day. We have had pizza once since August and we eat out once every couple of weeks. Aside from that, our eats are whatever we have in our home.

I’m very anti-GMO – we eat mostly organic. We’ve now cut out nearly all processed foods that you buy at the grocery store.  We do have a stash of organic kettle potato chips, but aside from that,  food here has to be prepared.

I’ve spent a lot of money on groceries lately, mostly on bulk purchases.  This week I’ve focused on getting back into the groove of scratch cooking.  We had some things like graham crackers and granola bars that had been purchased on sale, but they’re gone now, so lunch box goodies and snacks have to be prepared.

We eat real food, not food-like substances. It’s a switch I’ve wanted to make for a long time and now, because of the sheer inconvenience of junk food, if I refrain from purchasing it at the store, we simply don’t eat it at all.

I’ve discovered if I add just a teeny bit of something that feels like a “treat” to my daughter, she is far happier with the contents of her lunch box.  Luckily Rosie’s school is not peanut free so that opens a lot of doors in the lunch box department!

Fancy Dancy Trail Mix


1 cup of salted nuts
1/4 cup of pecans
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/4 cup of chocolate chips
(or white chocolate chips to switch it up)

Place all the goodies into a large Ziploc bag, give it a good shake and dig in! (Obviously our school isn’t nut-free.  If you are unable to take nuts to school or work, you can substitute a mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for the nuts.)

This week I also made some oatmeal raisin cookies and banana muffins for her lunch (and trust me, Mama had some nibbles too!)

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Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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