Here are a few fun & easy back to school lunch-box ideas (more to come) that don’t take long to prepare but will keep your kids happy during lunch and make them happy little students.
It is important to remember that the perfect, healthy lunch for your kids should include a protein, some fruit, a vegetable, and a small treat; all in perfect-size portions for kids depending on their age. It is important to stock your kitchen up with healthy and delicious lunchbox essentials. Containers with individual compartments usually appeal to most kids, because it would be awful if the food touched. Also remember that rolls are fast replacing sandwiches, kids love food on a stick, never underestimate the power of a cookie cutter along with an a sweet note inside. My mom used to do this for us and it really made us feel so loved!
1: Sandwich Kabobs
The simplest and healthiest foods seem to look a little extra yummy when they’re prepared in a unique way. This was the first time we tried these sandwich kabobs ( peanut butter & rasberries below), a slight variation on the plain old sandwich and my kids loved them! Of the eight lunches I’m sharing today this was one of the top two. My kids always love it when I add some fruit kabobs to their lunch as well. I make a batch ahead then refrigerate in the Easy Lunchbox containers overnight.
2: Meat, cheese + Veggie Wraps with Organic Fruit Bowl
5. Chicken Salad Owl Sandwich
6. Cucumber and carrot slices, fresh fruit, bagel sandwich, and veggie chips from strawberries.
You can get creative and mix and match the healthy snacks. I love to add Stony brooks Organic Yogurt drinks every once in a while to mix it up (http://www.stonyfield.com/products/baby-kids/yokids/smoothies-very-berry).
7. Healthy Snack bento box
Try more of an array of small snacks – Almond Butter, Whole Grain Crackers, Apple, Low-Sugar Granola Bar, Bite Sized Veggies, Grapes from Running with Tongs.
8. Homemade Chicken Tenders and Fries
Homemade Chicken Tenders ( or Apple gate organic nuggets) & Friendly Alexia veggies Fries ( available at all supermarkets: organic chicken tenders ( breaded with almond flour and coconut paired with Alexia baked French fries; golden delicious apple slices; dried apricots or some fresh fruit. don’t forget to add a container with ketchup! You can prep the chicken and freeze for healthy & easy easy lunches and dinners.
Tips and Rules for Simple School Lunch Preparation:
1. Get things ready the day before. Whatever you can have already prepared ahead of time really cuts down on your morning lunch making time. Have vegetables sliced, jell-O made the night before etc. I will mostly give the kids Water with lunch to cut down on all the sugar. Even organic juices are high in sugar so if you do send your child in with juice try watering it down with half water.
2. Have a designated area in your kitchen where you keep all your lunch making supplies. I store all the BPA and Metal containers and insulated lunch bags in one cupboard. I have started to prepare Lilly & Jack to know that this is where lunch things belong + as soon as she come home after school she should clean out their lunch bag and return it to this cupboard so its ready for the next morning. I also gave her the job to show her little brother that he needs to do this too. She loves to help her brother learn new things. ( Please consider removing all plastic zip lock bags from your household as they are filled with toxins and chemicals that seep into your child’s food .You can use parchment paper to wrap the sandwich if you don’t want to buy a metal or BPA bento box).
3. I always try to buy everything #organic #non-gmo #nitratefree and as far as snacks go nothing beats an apple. I live by the 80/20 rule! 80 percent organic, clean etc. and 20 percent as clean and unprocessed as possible. Get the as much processed food as possible out of their diet.
4.. I have 2 children and my youngest is still home with me. When preparing lilly’s lunches I plan on always make one up for Jack too. Because everything is out already it just makes sense. This really cuts down on the lunch time mess at home + if we ever have to be out running errands over the lunch hour I just grab her lunch and take it with us.
This is a very important time in your child’s life: for many like my child it will be their first experience with school! I want to make sure it is the very best and all we could imagine for them. It all starts at home and I am extremely excited to begin the school year and I look forward to hearing all about your child likes their fun bento box lunches. Please forward on suggestions on lunches that your child loves as I am always looking for cool ideas.
Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, Wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.”
written by Kimberly D’Arcy