Ahhh…the school lunch. Can there be a more dreaded task? In my house, the answer was no. Until now. I found a way to make school lunches a little more interesting…and because I like all of you so much-I am going to share!
I have always dreaded making lunches. I am not exactly sure why that is. It is not like it is the hardest job out there, it was just so annoying to me. I think it stemmed from a few things:
1—I always decided to do it after dinner. After cooking, cleaning, putting away leftovers, the thought of taking stuff out again and making a mess was always a downer.
2—I get bored easily and the fact that I felt like I was making the same, boring lunch every day, was getting to me.
3—I hated using all those plastic baggies! I felt like I was literally destroying the earth, one plastic baggie at a time.
So, I made a change. I found some awesome new school lunch supplies and got creative! The Ziploc container is BPA Free, Leak Proof and designed to pack your child perfect portions of their favorite healthy foods. I have more fun packing their lunches and I feel more free to go beyond the sandwich/fruit/snack routine that we used to follow.
I have pictured some of our school lunches here for some ideas for you. Get your creativity flowing with some of my ideas below, and for more school lunch ideas, tips on how to prep ahead for school lunch making and ways to get your child involved with the process, check out my feature on Little Lake County. To purchase any of the products I use in my school lunches, click here. and scroll down to the lunch supplies section. Happy Lunch-making!
|Sliced strawberries, organic vanilla yogurt, whole grain blueberry muffin, roasted cashews, carrot sticks, cheese stick|
|Chery Tomatoes, Blue Corn Chips, Turkey Slices, Cheese Wheel, Cantaloupe, Sour Cream with green salsa for dipping|
|Colby Cheese Stick, Pistachios, apple, Yogurt, popcorn|
|Strawberries, Cucumber slices, Homemade granola, Vanilla Yogurt, Taco (leftover from dinner the night before-chopped up)|
|Mixed fresh fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon), whole grain crackers,salad with olive oil, sea salt and sunflower seeds, mozzarella cheese cubes, dark chocolate squares|
|Whole grain bagel with cream cheese, carrot sticks, dark chocolate covered almonds, strawberries, cucumbers|
|Make your own pizza: whole grain pita bread, shredded mozzarella cheese, organic pepperoni, tomato sauce, cherries|
|Yogurt drink, turkey slice, veggie straws, cheese wheel, cherry tomatoes, berry mix (strawberries and blueberries)|
|Pear chunks, carrots, orange peppers and black olives, bagel with cream cheese, organic cheddar bunnies snack, dark chocolate squares|
|Raspberries and blueberries, salsa/sour cream dipping sauce, cheese quesadillas, red peppers, whole fruit bar|
|Whole grain banana blueberry muffin, colby cheese cubes, turkey slice, cherry tomatoes, nectarines, green grapes|