What's in your lunch box? Part 3

For the month of September, we've been talking all things lunch. We have another fun post for you today from a new friend and client, Rachael Rydbeck. Rachael is a trained chef, writes at cookingwithrachael.com and lives in Bellevue, Washington!

Rachel Rydbeck

Before we get started though, we have a 2nd awesome reason to talk with Rachael. Have you heard what's ALSO happening in our Bodies by Burgoon community? We have added our Virtual Training option to our website and are accepting more clients near and far. When Rachael heard about what we were doing at Bodies by Burgoon, she jumped at the chance to be trained and supported by our staff. Here's what she had to say about her experience over this last year:


I have so many friends whose lives have been deeply impacted by the wholistic approach BBB takes a to exercise, health and eating right.

Living across the country I was the first to raise my hand when I learned they offered virtual training. I wasn't sure what to expect, but knew I wanted to be a part of the Burgoon family! Initially I was looking for greater accountability when working out and helpful suggestions for a healthier lifestyle.

Here is what I received:

  • a nutritionist who reviews my food logs each week
  • weekly food goals that are achievable
  • tailored workouts
  • someone who understands my body and is actively interested in helping me achieve my goals
  • a wealth of food knowledge

I can't say enough good things about Bri, the trainer I have been working with. I was a little nervous at first as I have never worked with a trainer. I imagined someone strict and inflexible, who would set unattainable goals. My experience has been the opposite...and the results of my sessions are starting to show. I feel better, I'm fitter and I've even lost a few pounds!

The biggest surprise for me is how much I have learned about how my body processes food. I feel like I'm at the beginning of a very cool journey. This is going to stand out as one of the best things I did for myself this year.

– Rachael[/box]

I asked Rachael, to give me her take on kid lunches for our back-to-school series. I love her adventurous perspective and we are so glad she's apart of our extended community.

Here's what Rachael had to say:

One of the things I am most passionate about is teaching kids how to cook. I've been teaching cooking classes for the last ten years and I absolutely love introducing small children to the kitchen. I've found that kids will try just about anything they helped make. Not surprisingly, one of my favorite things to do with my kids is shop for groceries for the week and then cook together in the kitchen. We hit the farmer's market on Saturday and I prep food for the week Sunday afternoons.

I love expanding my kid's palates and enjoy stretching them each week with new foods like sushi, oysters and lamb chops:

Rachael's son

My 16 month-old son Soren is a bit of a carnivore, however his sister Zoey and I have fun making mostly vegetarian lunches.

One of her favorites is sushi. I recently discovered a sushi tool that allows her to make sushi squares all on her own:

Rachael's daughter cutting sushi

Zoey fills her sushi cubes we brown rice, smoked salmon, sauteed mushrooms and cream cheese.

Some days Zoey wants to make her entire lunch with me and other days she loves to be surprised. I love Planet lunch boxes because I can give her lots of different bites of food for her Kindergarten lunch. Each day she comes home and gives me a report of what she loved and what she wants more of the next day. Here is a lunch we packed together her first week of school


#1 Hard boiled egg (pressed into a mold)

#2 Homemade applesauce

#3 Watermelon (animal shapes)

food molds and shape cutters

#4 Tortilla rolls with cream cheese and smoked salmon

#5 Homemade sweet potato puree

#6 Homemade Cauliflower puree

#7 Raisins




Thank you, Rachael! I love the lunch inspiration (for young and old), and I'm so glad you've joined our team from afar.

If you haven't had a chance to read our other #lunchbox posts check them out here:

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