Back to School with Apple, Chia and Pine Nut Fruit Salad

We are back at home and back to school, and despite my never-ending jet-lag which for some reason lingers in me more than in Magnus and Kjetil, I am happy with life

The air has cooled to a chill in Paris, and the streets are filled once again with people after the empty summer months. The entire neighborhood of the 16th arrondissement shuts down – bakeries, grocery shots, wine shops – for the entire month of August, and now everyone is back with a new bounce, a slight tan and a new wardrobe for the fall season. It is lovely here now, and the beauty of it all – the parks and gardens, wide streets lined with chestnut trees and markets enlivened with a renewed sense of purpose – will all intensify with autumnal splendor in the next few months.

It is Magnus’ second year in school, his Pre-K year. After a few initial half days, he will be in school full time, from 9 am to 3 pm. And hopefully, he will have an easier time parting with me in the mornings.

Yes, he was that child who did not want to go into the classroom, crying, screaming and eventually unravelling when the teacher finally took hold of him to practically drag him into the classroom. Even if the teachers told me he was findeafter 5 minutes in the class, and even if his traumatic morning farewells became milder over the months, It was a still a difficult first year.  But it was also a magical year – a year full of good things – when he made his first best friend, learned to tumble in P.E., played the wolf in ‘Three Little Pigs’ and learned to follow instructions from teachers.

This year, I am hoping it will be even better.

As I begin to wrap my head around daily snacks and lunch boxes, I start his school year with a simple apple, chia seed and pine nuts fruit mix, hoping he will not be too nervous in school to enjoy his first snack.

Apple, Chia and Pine Nut Fruit Salad


1/2 apple

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon pine nuts

1 teaspoon lemon juice

A few sprinkles of lemon zest

1. Toss all ingredients together so that the apple is coated fully with the lemon juice.

2. Pack in an airtight container for a snack or serve immediately.




  1. Andrea Janes Photography

    Oh, I was moved by reading your text… (I can relate). By the way, your snack is wonderful, Mika!!! Today Theo went to school with a pear and some sesame crackers and the pear came back home safe and intact! :/

  2. Thank you so much Andrea. You know how hard it is…
    The apple snack is so simple – it takes a few seconds and stays fresh for quite a long time. What are you making for snacks these days?

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