5 Lunchbox Ideas!

School lunches…it causes so much anxiety! The pressure to make sure your kids are eating healthy under a time-crunch to make it happen can be just too much. The best strategy is to plan ahead and be fully stocked by Monday morning with grab-and-go options. This will make your mornings less stressful – organization is key! But what to make? I find it hard to figure out what my picky eaters will actually not just throw away – we have our old standbys but with school allergy rules, it’s hard to navigate a healthy and successful lunchbox!

Here are 5 ideas to hopefully spark a new entree or two for your little ones!

Power Pita

Here is this version but sometimes your usual sandwich but in a pita can make it a magical lunchbox!

  • 2 mini whole wheat pita pockets with grilled-chicken strips and veggies
  • 3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas
  • 8 animal crackers

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Pinwheels

Any easy version – our favorite…turkey, lettuce, and Dijon mustard pinwheels on a whole-grain tortilla!

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Breakfast for Lunch

Mini-pancakes, fruit, french toast sticks, yogurt, hard boiled egg….who doesn’t love a little mid-day breakfast treat?!?

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Take-to-School Taco Bar

Deconstruct your favorite taco ingredients so kids can put it together themselves!

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Cream Cheese Sandwiches

My old faithful is rye bread with cucumbers and light veggie cream cheese but here are some more creative versions!

  1. Seedy bread + cream cheese + apricot jam
  2. Jewish rye + cream cheese + sliced salami + pickles
  3. Pumpernickel bread + cream cheese + tomato rounds + salt + pepper
  4. Whole wheat bread + cream cheese + sliced cucumber + mint

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