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:
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
- 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!
- Hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs made with greek yogurt instead of mayo
- Nuts, seeds, trail mix
- Cereal, granola
- Granola or cereal bars -- Organic!
- 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
- Fig newtons
- 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!