Lunchbox Ideas

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Our first born son, Rocco is heading to Kindergarten this year and with this life change, another ‘duty’ was added to mamas ever-growing list… packing lunch!  Hubby is super excited about this, because it means that he’ll be getting a delicious lunch each day too!

And did you know that there are actually rules and no-no’s as to what you can and cannot pack for your child in their lunch-boxes?  Oh yes, true!  And pb&j (Rocco’s FAAAAAVORITE) is a ‘no-no’.

So after spending a night on super mama blogs, cool websites, Google and Pinterest, I present to you…

Lunchbox Ideas for Growing PiggyToes

I feel the need to write a disclaimer before I begin.

No, these ideas are not my own.

No, I won’t be making ham flowers.

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Nor will you find me making Batman out of bread or minions out of fruit.

No mam, sorry.

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(Rock on if you have the time and energy for that.)

The ideas I want to share with you are still fun though!  They are kid-friendly, peanut free, healthy foods that I think most kids would love to eat for lunch this school-year!

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Crescent Sandwiches: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Roast Beef & Cheese… Whatever your child prefers, roll in crescent dough & bake for 10 minutes!  Serve with fresh fruit.

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How easy is this?  Aside from the health benefits of this simple lunch, you are still offering your child something sweet & special (the gummy worm)!

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Skewers: rolled lunch-meat and cubed cheese + a variety of fresh fruit

The turtle thing?  Don’t ask.  However, my boys love those kinds of pretzels; a must buy for this school year!

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Cookie Cutters: I will do this.  I have so many cookie cutters and it takes no time at all to do something that I know will put a smile on my kids faces… It’s a fun sandwich placed next to colorful fruits & veggies!

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Homemade ‘Lunchables’.  No explanation needed; why do kids love these so much?  I’m sure this will be my go-to lunch!  Served with fresh fruit.

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Lunch on a Stick: I really think I can handle the whole ‘wooden stick/plastic skewer’ thing this year.  Cheese shapes?  Maybe not. But skewers with cubed cheese, bread, tomatoes, etc… YES!  I can do that!

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Egg Salad Sandwich: My boys love egg salad and Rocco seriously requests lettuce on his sandwiches too.

Make a simple egg salad with fresh fruit and edamame; a healthy lunch in no time at all!  Local grocery stores sell frozen edamame in kid size bags too; perfect to pop in the microwave and pack up for lunch!

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:TIPS:

A colorful lunch is a lunch that is sure to be eaten.

Cookie cutters go a long way during lunch prep and take all but an extra 30 seconds.

Give your child options.  Offer at least 3 types of food to your child: protein, fruits, veggies, dairy, etc.

Focus on FRESH. Fresh = Healthy!

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xo

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Comments

  1. Kacia says:

    I shouldn’t have read this post tonight- now I’m hungry!!! But NOT for ham flowers!

  2. Samantha says:

    Love these ideas- I’m sure you already know
    This, but my kids have been doin the lunch thing for a while and when they are craving a pb and j, we use sunflower butter. You can get it pretty much anywhere now- Trader Joes even makes their own. It doesn’t taste like pb to me, but my kids gobble it up!

    • Angelique says:

      Oh Samantha! I WISH my kids liked it! I even bought the cookie butter at Trader Joes (which is soooooo good) and they don’t like it! haha Maybe I’ll try again though; great thought! :) xo

  3. DawnG says:

    Thank you for the great suggestions. I was surprised at your “tone” or upset approach of needing to not pack PB&J. I am a mom of a peanut allergy son and his school does not make any exceptions or changes for him….sometimes I wish they did because it would make my life a lot easier and less stressful. If you can eliminate bringing an item to school to make another child’s day a little easier I am sure you would. I think from time to time parents just don’t like to go out of the norm. As you have so wonderfully showed here the kids can enjoy alot that doesn’t have peanut butter :)
    Thanks again!

    • Angelique says:

      Awe Dawn, thank you for writing and I’m so very sorry that I may have come off in an angry manner/tone. I in no way meant to come across like that. I feel for you and your son and I have many friends who’s kids have allergies as well. I am very sensitive about their struggle. In all honesty, I just didn’t think about it until finding out that there are lunch rules and ‘no-no’s. I had originally planned and thought that I would make pb&j pinwheels, sandwiches, tortillas… all the things I’m used to doing at home. But I completely understand the rules and have come up with lots of other options! :) We want our kids to go to school and be safe and if I had a child with a peanut allergy, I’d want it no other way as well. With pb&j being such a hit in our house, I can almost bet that regardless of me explaining the rules and allergies, my Rocco will still ask for it every day! hehe (Prob bc he’s still young and doesn’t fully understand) – I’m thinking we’ll be having a few pb&j dinner nights since the boys won’t be having it for lunch this year! :) xo

  4. Dana Tecza says:

    What are you planning to use for a lunch box? I am debating getting the planet boxes at PBK…they are pricey but seem so nice, opinions?

  5. Megan says:

    Great post! A lot of the pinterest ideas out there are so over the top! I’ve been packing lunches for awhile, but always need a good refresher.

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