Sunday, August 26, 2012

School lunches 2012

Better late than never, right? I can't believe school is starting tomorrow! My youngest one will start and  I'm sure the house will seem very empty. At first :)

Anyway, I promised to give you some ideas on school lunches and I shall but before I do that, I wanted to tell you that I bought lunch containers called Bento Buddies at the Container Store for the little one to take to school. They look like this:

 I had to take them back because my little one couldn't open them and I had to really work to close them. I forgot to mention this in my previous post in case someone is still looking for containers. Instead, I went with Sistema Klip it sandwich and snack containers. And by the way, they are much cheaper at the Container Store vs. Amazon.

Now on to the menus. Here are some suggestions:

  • Whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter sprinkled with dried cherries or raisins rolled up and cut in 2
  • Whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter with a sliced banana and sprinkled with low sugar granola
  • Pizza quesadilla
  • Tomato cheddar soup, tortilla soup, pea soup, potato soup, chicken noodle soup, etc. Options are endless
  • Hummus and spinach wrap
  • Baked corn chips with black beans
  • Oriental: whole wheat or buck wheat noodles with peanut sauce
  • Tuna salad served on crackers, whole wheat tortilla, pita or sandwich
  • Mini sandwiches (cut out of slices of bread with cookies cutter) with non-nitrate containing deli meats 
  • Oriental: vegetarian brown rice sushi rolls
  • Smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumbers on a mini bagel or flat round bread
  • Oriental: pot stickers 
  • Oriental: vegetable fried rice
  • Homemade pizza or mini calzone
  • Ham or turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread
  • Homemade lunchable type of lunch
  • Omelette
  • Breakfast burritos with egg, cheese, ham/turkey and salsa
  • Pancakes or waffles
  • Leftovers from dinner (yes, totally acceptable!)
  • Pigs in a blanket with homemade dough and nitrite free dogs
Sides and snacks:
  • Fruit cabobs
  • Fresh veggies cut bite size with or without dip (dip should be very small amount like 1 TBSP or so)
  • Chocolate almond butter with crackers
  • Finger fruits: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapples, grapes, cherries, grape tomatoes
  • Fruit: apple, banana, clementine/mandarin (can be already peeled in a snack container), orange, pear, plum, pluot etc.
  • String cheese, cheese cubes, slices of cheese and hopefully not the processed kind!
  • Yogurt
  • Hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs made with greek yogurt instead of mayo
  • Nuts, seeds, trail mix
  • Cereal, granola
  • Granola or cereal bars -- Organic!
  • Popcorn
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Baked chips 
  • Pita chips 
  • Apple sauce or pureed fruit
  • Fruit leather
  • Dark chocolate (only about 1 oz)
  • Celery with peanut butter and raisins
  • Baby carrots
  • Homemade muffins or rolls
  • Hummus and whole wheat crackers
  • Greek yogurt dip with either veggies or fruit
  • Fruit pizza occasionally
  • Apple with peanut or almond butter
  • Jicama sticks with pico de gallo
  • Fortune cookies (check for trans fats!)
  • Wonton wrappers with peanut, almond, sun flower etc. butter, folded and baked
  • Melons
  • Fig newtons
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Juice occasionally
  • Almond milk
  • Chocolate milk occasionally
  • Home made green juice or smoothie
*I don't recommend soy milk but some people prefer it. I also never ever recommend soda. It's super unhealthy!

I have decided to stick to a very basic menu since all the "fancy" stuff seems to come home untouched. This is my menu:

Monday: PB&J with fresh fruit, crackers and a granola bar
Tuesday: Ham sandwich, strawberry banana smoothie, crackers and apple
Wednesday: Chicken quesadilla, fruit salad (home made), and trail mix
Thursday: Pancakes, baby carrots, hard boiled egg and apple sauce
Friday: Pb&J whole wheat wrap (hugely popular at my house), yogurt, and a home made cinnamon roll to celebrate first week of school being over

The kids will drink water with their lunches.

I only have the first week figured out but it may be, that I just stick with it for the rest of the year. The sides may change. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful first day and week of school! Remember to enjoy life and not stress over little things that in the long run don't matter. Till next time!

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