Getting back into the habit of packing a house full of lunches every day is, well, possibly the least fun part of the whole back to school gig. It’s a routine which can make your kids groan at the thought of “What could possibly be in there today?” Or, it can be an exercise in fun, healthy, easy (I stress easy) meals that give your kids the lunchtime boost they need, don’t break the bank and don’t have you slaving over a pile of lunch kits every day.
Here are ten great, easy lunchbox foods for kids (and a lunch kit to win too) that can get school started off with a yummy bang:
A whole-wheat wrap with veggies and lean meats is a fantastic way to keep your kid’s engines running. For non-wheat kids, try rice wraps with veggies, meat and delicious dressings. The recipe: Let your kids pick out their favorite sandwich ingredients and wrap them up. Perfect.
Save those spare chop sticks (or reuse the ones that come in the new breed of lunch kits) and load them up for a fun twist on meat and cheese or even fruit kebabs. This is a great way to serve up last night’s leftovers in a way that makes kids smile. Easy peasy.
Replace juice with a yogurt smoothie that you can throw berries, oats and even sneak in some vitamins (liquid D, DHA). Let your kids pick the ingredients. These are great for dairy allergies too when using soy or goat yogurt.
Pack a healthy, sweet punch with homemade power balls that take minutes to make and last a while in the freezer.
Get Christa Herrling’s fantastic recipe HERE.
Check out my recipe for Coconut Cocoa Date Balls HERE.
This simple way to ensure your kids get the nutritional goods is one of those gems you can throw in the crock pot and forget about until throwing it into a thermos before school. It’s also a great, home-style warm up on the cold, rainy days to come.
Color Coded Lunches
A fun way to get all of the food groups in and have your kids participate, set up your lunch kits with a certain color scheme and let each kid pick something from that color group. Engaged veggie and fruit eating is never a bad thing:)
Instead of putting sugary snacks into the lunch kit, try these fun, inventive ways to dress up apples with healthy alternatives such as nut butter (if it’s allowed), honey, cream cheese and other goodies.
Just slice an apple in half and top with goodness.
Sushi is incredibly healthy and seriously delicious. Now, it can be easy too with simple veggie rolls that taste great.
Try a recipe we found that works well HERE.
Muffins with a nutritional punch
Even sweets can pack in the healthy punch you want for your kids and take less than half an hour a week to whip up (freezer muffins rock).
Check out Christa Herrling’s great recipe for Morning Glory Muffins HERE.
One of the things that I like the most about lunch options this year are all of the cool lunch kits that are now available. They come in all sorts of sizes and materials, but our long-time lunch kit has been the Canadian-made ThermaPod lunch box. It’s been a good friend. But, it also has been discontinued.
So, the folks at ThermaPod sent us the new and improved version – the ThermaPod Mini and I have to say that we totally love this lunch kit. They are BPA-free, dishwasher and freezer safe and SUPER durable. Our daughter loves snack plates with meats, cheeses and fruit on the side. So, the dual compartment pack is perfect. Plus, the reusable utensils (including chop sitcks) have a “secret spot” where they stash away nicely.
We’ve got one to give away today.
Here are the ways you can be entered to win:
1. Comment here.
3. Repost this link on your blog.
4. Be sure to let us know here if you do any of the extra fun as it gets you an additional entry in the draw.
5. This giveaway will close at midnight on Friday. We will randomly draw a name with the winner notified Monday morning.
This giveaway is closed. The randomly drawn winner of the ThermaPod Mini is Jaki! Thanks to everyone who participated.
About the Author (Author Profile)Robin Rivers is Our Big Earth’s Publisher and Sr. Partner. Able to survive on coffee alone. Often can be found leaping tall buildings with the help of great friends. Predisposed to odd hats and the color orange. In love with imagination, her kids and that crazy guy who married her.
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