There’s something about school lunches that gets me excited! My kids are still at home for lunch but sometimes I pack lunch if we’re on the go. I’ve seen so many cute ideas, I have a pinterest board for school lunches! My latest favorite book that a friend shared with me on school lunches is Called Real Lunches – Real Easy Guide by 100 days of real food. It was only released for a limited time, but hopefully it will be released again at some point. If you are not familiar with the website, it’s a great one to follow. Also on Facebook!
I was becoming incredibly bored with the repetition last summer. My kids would ask for a peanut butter sandwich, an apple and veggie sticks or pretzels, and that is what I made day after day after day. Finally I read the e-book and had so many new ideas, including incorporating fun veggies and fruits at lunchtime – ants on a log featuring carrots and craisins, apple sandwiches (with nut butter), smoothies in squeeze packs and more.
Here are some of my favorite items for lunch time:
Little Dippers - I use these for dips, trail mix, and just about anything small. They are pretty small.
I use these for applesauce, yogurt and smoothies!
I also just ordered these which looked neat for frozen smoothies:
Silicone Pop molds
One picture I took of a fun lunch
I have been using the lunch guide and letting the kids “make an order” which has been fun (for now).
Here are some quick treats to put in the lunches -
It’s the newest thing – sneaking in veggies into foods for the kids to eat.
This is a tangy, chewy organic fruit + veggie snack. My kids love eating them and peeling them into little strips.
Love that they have veggies mixed in, and the kids don’t notice at all.
The snack contains no partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, synthetic preservatives and artificial flavors.
CLIF Kid Zfruit + Veggie comes in three flavors – Blueberry Blast, Cheery Cherry and Mango Mania. You can find the fruit ones
here, but be on the look out for the +Veggie ones soon!
CHOCOLATE CHIP NUT BUTTER NO-BAKE GRANOLA BARS!!
I literally make these every other day. We all love them. They are adapted from Lauren’s Latest. Easy, delicious!!
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup favorite nut butter
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c honey
3 to 3.5 cups INSTANT oats
handful mini chocolate chips
1. Melt butters, brown sugar and honey on a medium saucepan until it bubbles.
2. Add in oats and stir until evenly coated. Add more if it seems too wet.
3. Stir in chocolate chips, and spread into loaf pan. I use a set of dipping pans to press these into which work great. I don’t know where they are from, but they are used for putting egg, breadcrumbs and milk into for dipping chicken/eggplant, etc. Press these down really well. This is key – pack them in!
4. Immediately place in fridge for chocolate chips to stay cold and bars to set. Cut and enjoy!
YOUR TURN – What do you have up your sleeve for fun lunch ideas?