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DIY Bubble (Boba) Tea

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I know some people out there have a problem eating strange textures, I’m just not one of them. When Bubble (Boba) Tea came out, I was thrilled to chew on those big gummy balls. It was equally exciting to suck them up through that fat straw. What a fun drink! Right?

It had been a few years since I had one, so I stopped by the little shop in the mall excited to experience Bubble Tea again. This time I was seeing the place through new eyes. Instead of being lured by the sweet concoctions or swayed by the colorful powders lined up against the wall, I was a little horrified. What on earth is in Bubble Tea anyway?

Just like a million times before, I cursed my nutrition education and walked out of the store without a drink in hand.

Not to be dissuaded from my growing craving, I decided to figure out another way. Did you know that you can order Bobas (tapioca pearls) on Amazon? Of course you can! (Small soapbox: Please buy local when you can.) So, I ordered some Boba, and figured out how to make my own version where the ingredients aren’t a mystery.

The basic ingredients of Bubble Tea are great (tea, milk, a little sweet, and tapioca pearls) and easy to combine on your own.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Obtain your bobas
  2. Cook them up according to the directions. It should take a whole 5 minutes. Note: I learned the hard way that Boba doesn’t store well – only make enough for one day.
  3. Make your tea of choice (fruity, black, green, matcha, rooibos, white)
  4. Choose your creamer (dairy, non-dairy, full fat, non-fat)
  5. Choose your level of sweet (stevia, sugar, honey)
  6. Add your Boba
  7. If you’re really fancy, order the big fat straws too (I used an un-cool but eco-friendly spoon)
  8. Enjoy!

Here are my cooked plump Bobas:

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Here is my finished product … a decaf Chai with full-fat coconut milk and stevia – Yummo!

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Hey that sounds like a Starbucks drink. I wonder why they haven’t boarded this train yet? Let me know what your favorite combination is below. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Healthy Kid Lunches Made Easy

Are you constantly on the go with the children in tow? Is the lunch packing, breakfast eating, fast track you call a school morning creating familial meltdowns? Trying to feed your family is tough. Trying to feed your family healthy, unprocessed foods, especially at school, can be tougher. If you’d like your kids to eat a healthy lunch that doesn’t take too much time to make, then keep reading!

Make a Plan…

I have two words for you: advanced planning. Five days a week we have to make lunch interesting enough for our children to want to eat it. Here are a few fun, quick, nutritious suggestions that will make the morning scramble a little less hectic.

Chop, chop…

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Chop fruits and vegetables up at the beginning week that will last until Friday. Veggies are a bit harder than fruit for children to get jazzed up about. You can cut up green beans, carrots, cucumbers, and corn niblets. Choose veggies that you know your children like and make them fun. I make little eye and mouth holes in the cucumbers, add a touch of light ranch to incite more interest in the carrots. Corn and green beans are fabulous warm or cold and great finger foods. Strawberries, sliced bananas, blackberries, and grapes are all wonderful, healthy treats for lunchtime. Throw the grapes in the freezer for snack time! A frozen, tasty tidbit!

Rollups the healthy way…

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Sick of PBJ and Lunchables? Try a deli-meat roll-up instead. You can use turkey, ham, roast beef, chicken. Any sliced deli-meat will do (preferably organic and without nitrates). Fill them with cream cheese, pineapple, peas, red peppers, greek yogurt….anything and everything. You can prepare these in advance so that half their lunch is already made for the week!

Get them involved….

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Have your children get involved with making their own lunch the night before. Ask them what they want for lunch. See what kind of suggestions they make, and counter offer with a healthier choice. Instead of cookies, suggest graham crackers. If they ask for a sugary yogurt, give them greek yogurt and sweeten it up with some strawberries or honey. Instead of chips, how about some pretzel sticks? Let them make their own sandwich, and make fun shapes with them using cookie cutters.

Try a blended approach…

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I’ve never met a kid who wasn’t crazy for a smoothie. Use your blender and add bite-sized pieces of fruit (or veggies). I love to add dark leafy greens. Add a dollop of yogurt and some crushed ice or some frozen fruit and blend. Voila! A healthy snack for lunch time (and they won’t know it’s healthy)! You can play around with different flavors by adding peanut butter, coconut, nuts, etc. This one is also easy to avoid particular diet allergies you may have.

Don’t forget to utilize that thermos…

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Remember that Steve Martin thermos song? “I’m picking out a thermos for you. Not an ordinary thermos for you.” I digress, but check it out for a laugh, here. How about chicken noodle soup or turkey chili for a cold day? Instead of sending them to school with juice, trade it out with some tea sweetened with a bit of honey.

Try a Bento Box…

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You can really shake your child’s lunchtime routine up by picking up a bento box. They make them specifically for kids now, and have several different compartments for a variety of lunchtime offerings! Let’s have fun with lunchtime and keep the kids from trading their dull lunches for Cheetos!

What works for your family? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

 

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