The age-old idea of packing a little note in our child’s school lunch is really wise. It doesn’t need to be a note, but being aware of holding onto our connection with our children while they are at school is an good thing to keep in mind.
Ways to do this:
1. If you have a pre-reader, a little drawing in their lunch bag can be great.
2. When you say goodbye, tell them what you are looking forward to doing with them after school (“I can’t wait to walk Rover with you this afternoon! Maybe we’ll find some more chestnuts today…”).
3. When picking them up from school, remember to warmly greet them; put away your phone and take a break from chatting with the other parents so you can be fully present for your hug!
4. And, of course, packing delicious food – like Andrea of Phytofoods’ Lemon Coconut Cashew Cookie Bites – in your child’s lunch is a always a great way to stay connected!

Lemon Coconut Cashew Cookie Bites

1 cup raw cashews
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1 cup finely shredded coconut flakes
1/2 cup dates pitted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 heaping tablespoons cashew butter

In a food processor fitted with and S blade pulse the cashews, lemon zest, salt and coconut flakes until ground into a fine meal.
Add dates, vanilla and cashew butter and process until well combined. The ingredients should hold together when pinched between your fingers.
Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon scoop out batter and roll into bite sized balls. You can roll them in coconut, hemp seeds or just leave them plain. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Yield: Approximately 15

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