Struggling to come up with imaginative rawfood packed lunch menus for your children? Say ‘goodbye’ to boring lunch boxes with this extremely delicious, yet highly nutritious rawfood recipe that’s guaranteed to have your kids coming back for more!
Raw onion bread sandwiches with avocado, tomato and spirulina dressing
Children love sandwiches and those following a rawfood or vegan diet are no exception. These extraordinarily filling, 100% rawfood vegan sandwiches are made from wholesome chia seeds and crammed with creamy avocado, tasty tomatoes and a generous splash of homemade spirulina dressing for good measure.
Chia seeds are derived from a flowering variety of mint plant known as the ‘Chia’ or ‘Salvia Hispanica’ – they are literally loaded with beneficial nutrients, including protein, fibre, vitamin A, minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and manganese) and omega-3 fatty acids – healthy fats that have been linked to a reduction of the symptoms of ADHD and autism in children (Levy & Hyman, 2005; Richardson, 2006) (1).
And getting your kids to enjoy all of the many benefits associated with spirulina powder is actually far easier than you might think, especially when you mask the somewhat acquired flavour in a yummy spirulina dressing. It’s definitely well worth the effort too – named “best food for the future” by the United Nations, spirulina powder contains protein, fibre, vitamins (vitamins A, B complex, C and E), minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper and manganese), as well as the natural plant pigment, chlorophyll. In fact, spirulina powder consists of approximately 60% protein, making it a superb source of this essential nutrient for those children following a vegetarian, vegan or rawfood diet (2).
Raw onion bread sandwich recipe
Busy moms – you’ll be happy to note that these irresistible rawfood sandwiches are not only an absolute doddle to prepare; the fillings can also be endlessly varied.
For the raw onion bread:
- 3 onions
- 1 cup of chia seeds
- 1 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
For the filling:
- 1 avocado
- 1 tomato
For the spirulina dressing
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of spirulina powder
- The juice of 1/2 a freshly squeezed lemon
- 1 clove of garlic (pressed)
- A pinch of sea salt
- First pop the chia seeds into your food processor and grind into a fine meal, before removing and setting to one side.
- Next peel and chop the onions and then process until finely ground, but not overly mushy. Again, remove and place to one side.
- Now pop the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds into the processor, together with the coconut oil and salt, and process until thoroughly ground.
- Next mix in the chia seed meal until nice and smooth. Now place the onions, together with the chia seed mixture, into a mixing bowl and thoroughly mix (adding a little water if required).
- Line 3 dehydrator trays with non-stick dehydrator sheets and then spread the raw onion bread mixture evenly onto these.
- Lastly, dehydrate for approximately 7 hours, before scoring into sensible sized portions, turning and then dehydrating for a further few hours.
- To prepare the spirulina dressing, simply place all of the ingredients into a bowl and thoroughly mix.
- Finally, to assemble the raw onion bread sandwiches, slice the avocado and tomatoes, place onto a slice of raw onion bread, drizzle liberally with the freshly prepared spirulina dressing, and top with a further slice of raw bread.
Leftover raw bread may be stored in an airtight container or refrigerator for later use.
Rawfood lunch box snacks – make their classmates super green with envy!
Liven up your child’s lunch box and make their classmates super green with envy, by supplementing it with a tempting selection of rawfood snacks, such as crunchy kale chips. Raw kale chips are made from kale – a supergreen that belongs to the brassica family and contains a wealth of valuable nutrients, including vitamins A, C and K and the minerals calcium, manganese, folate and copper.