“What’s for Lunch?” Back to School Style

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It’s that time of year again. Orange busses meander through the neighborhood. The kids are excited to show-off their brand spankin’ new wardrobes. You converge with thousands of other parents at the school supply aisles of your favorite store, hoping (and possibly praying) you’ll get everything on that very long list before the shelves are empty. And you wonder, “What will I pack in those lunches every single day?” because if you’re like me, thoughts of school lunches have taken a very long vacation over the summer.

Fear not. Help is on the way!

Here are some ideas that will help make lunchtime the bright point in your kids’ day and give them the energy and nutrients they need for all that learning that will be happening all day long.

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The main course:

• New and improved PB&J: Instead of the usual peanut butter, try almond butter, and replace sugar-laden jams and jellies with 100% whole fruit spread or slices of strawberries, apples, pears, peaches, or your kid’s favorite fruit. For some added variety, use whole wheat or gluten free tortillas or pita pockets to sandwich in all that nutty and fruity goodness!

Try these out:

PB&J and Banana Roll-Up: Spread peanut butter (or almond butter) and 100% fruit spread on a whole wheat or gluten free tortilla. Place a peeled banana on one end and roll it up. Sounds yummy, right?!

PB&J and Granola Wrap: Follow the steps for the roll-up, except replace the fruit spread and banana with sliced fruit and granola. Your kids will love this!

• Make-at-home Lunchables: Pair reduced sodium deli meat and reduced fat cheese with whole grain or gluten free crackers, tortillas, or pita pockets, cut them all to fit together, and you’ve got the makings for some lunchtime fun!

• Greek yogurt with fruit and granola

• Cottage cheese with fruit chunks

• Soup or dinner leftovers

• Quesadillas made with whole wheat or gluten free tortillas and reduced fat cheese

The sides:

• All kinds of fruit (sliced, dried, sectioned, or whole) either alone or in a mini fruit salad: berries, raisins, pears, peaches, grapes, apples, bananas, kiwi, Craisins, oranges, melons, and so on (to keep fruit like apples from browning, because no kid is going to eat “brown” apples, soak fruit for 3-5 minutes in 1 tablespoon lemon juice per 1 cup water)

• All kinds of veggies: baby carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, grape tomatoes, or whatever are your kids’ favorites

• Hummus and veggies

• Whole grain or gluten free pretzels and crackers

• String, stick and cubed cheeses

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The dessert (because hard working kids need a healthy treat!):

Peanut Butter Power Fudge and Protein Carrot Cake Bars, which are great treats for us moms too ☺

• Trail mix made up of nuts, dried fruit, and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Check out these ideas to help you pack all that yummy nutritious food so it will make it to lunchtime:

Basic containers that are BPA free and compartmentalized to keep all the food in it’s place.

Containers in various sizes with removable ice packs to keep that yummy food cold.

Sweat-Free Ice Packs, because there’s nothing worse than soggy food when you’re hungry.

Warm/Cold BPS free containers with screw-top lids and a spoon. Perfect, right?

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And lastly, some final tips to help ensure what you put into those lunch boxes actually makes it into their hungry tummies:

• Our kids get to pick a new lunch box every school year so they’re excited to eat what’s in it!

• Give the kids several healthy options, let them choose their own main course, sides, and dessert, and have them help you pack their lunches. They’re more likely to actually eat food they’ve chosen themselves.

Happy back-to-school! Now, what will you do with all your spare time?

Just kidding. ☺


16 Comments

  1. amy - August 8, 2014

    What us a good, healthy granola? Homemade ideas and store bought ideas would both be really appreciated!

  2. Samantha (whole new start) - August 8, 2014

    Love this! Such great ideas! Love the PBJ granola wrap idea.

  3. Christine - August 8, 2014

    Unfortunately in Ontario nuts, nut butters and some seeds are not allowed in schools. Makes it hard to send healthy things kids like! Great ideas though!

  4. Heather - September 9, 2013

    Thanks for this! My son isn’t in school yet but always need ideas of meals/snacks for me: )

  5. Jessica - September 6, 2013

    none of these things work with my daughter she is extremely picky… :(

    • Amanda - August 8, 2014

      My daughter is too. Pb&j and fruit is about all she’d eat from that. It’s so difficult to feed her! My other three (solid food eaters) are like eating machines!

  6. angi - August 29, 2013

    Also, Planetbox is a wonderful lunchbox for portions and no waste. my daughter loves her planetbox and whatever she does not eat comes home with her and she eats after school for snack.

  7. lora - August 23, 2013

    thanks so much for all of these great tips, heidi!

  8. Kasi Patrick - August 23, 2013

    Great ideas. I actually home school and even plan to use some of these. It is often hard to stop right in the middle of lessons to cook a big lunch so these ideas sound quick, easy, and fun.

  9. Carmen - August 23, 2013

    Thanks for the tips! I shared it with my neice who has a slightly overweight child.

  10. Tony Ferro - August 23, 2013

    LOVIN these great ideas Heidi! Keep em coming. We have to really help this next generation with food and eating…

  11. Mercedes - August 23, 2013

    I am blessed to be a stay at home mom. I look forward to be able to take longer walks or jogs with my dogs, when I am not volunteering at school.

  12. Rhonda DeLaRosa - August 23, 2013

    Thanks for some great ideas, when there younger it is alot easier. Now my daughter is in high school and is only 117 pounds and wears a size 3 and is 4’11” she thinks she is ten times more health conscious, she is in cheer, representing a Miss Teen USA title, on a cover a if a Spanish magazine and as on her classes she chose strength training and aerobics..with cheer alone she works out 3days a week for three hours plus all the games and events…I’m trying to figure out good healthy meals and snacks so she’ll eat

  13. Tracie Isaacson - August 23, 2013

    Great Ideas! I Love Coming Up With Fun Lunch Ideas Too!
    Planetbox Is A Great Box For Lunches. It Is Portion Controlled!
    I Also Like To Use Weelicious For Great Lunch Ideas. Thanks, Love You Guys!

  14. Ana Isabel - August 23, 2013

    Thank you Heidi for this!! I was looking for this information…so glad you post it..

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