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Healthy Lunch Ideas and a Giveaway #RockTheLunchBox

Rock the Lunch Box with Healthy Lunch Ideas 

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Rock the Lunchbox with these healthy and fun choices.  #rockthelunchbox #spon Healthy lunch ideas can be daunting.  It seems so much easier to just grab something on the go or something that’s quick but that’s not what’s best for kids {or adults}.  

A healthy bento box for kids ~ #rockthelunchbox #spon

It’s almost back to school time for us ~ the boys are homeschooled and I always let them start after Labor Day {which we all like!}.  Even though I don’t have to pack them lunches I sometimes do since when lunchtime comes it’s easy for them to grab their lunch, enjoy it and then get back to school. It’s also easier for me that way since I work from home and the downtime at lunch gives me the chance to get some work done.  


I wanted to get an idea of what my youngest son’s idea of the perfect lunch would be and asked him to draw his lunch on paper.


He drew this picture with hot sauce {his favorite condiment which I don’t let him eat as often as he would like}, pizza, apple sauce, pickles and Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies.  I asked how we could make his choices a bit healthier and we came up with several options to tweak things a bit and add some more nutrition to his lunch.  


 Thankfully, he really likes fresh fruit and veggies and those are easy to add to any lunch.  

#rockthelunchbox #cheese #cookiecutterHe also likes cheese and just to add a fun touch to his lunch I like to use cookie cutters to make shapes in the cheese and then add to salads or sandwiches. #lunchbox #howtowriteonabanana #lovenote

When I was in grade school and carried a lunch from home my Mom almost always put a note in my lunchbox and reading those was my favorite part of the day.  I wish I had saved some of them.  Since my boys are only about 20 feet away from me when they eat their lunch a note might seem a little silly but making a note on a banana, well, that’s another story.  This is so easy to do.  Just take a toothpick and write lightly in the peel of the banana.  In no time, the area you marked will turn burn and leave a mark.  Isn’t that cute?  


 Lunch has to include a delicious and nutritious drink and Honest Kids Organic Juice is a great choice and for crunchy appeal….Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies are our hands down favorite.

Gluten free sandwich made with Rudi's bread.

We go through three loaves of Rudi’s Gluten Free bread a week~ we really like our carbs 😉  My favorite way to serve it is with turkey and cheese and then pop it onto a panini maker.

#rockthelunchbox #glutenfree #heartshapedegg

Here’s our gluten free sandwich option with the banana love note and my attempt at a heart-shaped hard boiled egg….I need to try this again….it’s not quite what a heart should look like.


 And now for the Rock the Lunchbox Giveaway! 

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Sharing at:  Monday Funday at Setting for FourInspire Me Monday at Domestically Speaking, Memories by the Mile, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Work it Wednesday at The Turquoise Home
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Saturday 6th of September 2014

Love all of your ideas!! It was cool that you turned it into a teaching experience to show your son some healthier options. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday, hope you will join us again this week! -Shonee

Mary Beth

Monday 8th of September 2014

Thank you, Shonee!

Sadie B.

Saturday 6th of September 2014

I try and offer a few in season veggies to add to lunch boxes. They try them at school more than if I serve them at home.

Robin All Things Heart and Home

Thursday 4th of September 2014

OH my lunch ever!!! I'm sending this post to my daughter who packs a little lunch for my tiny granddaughter ...I love everything you did. Just love it..and what a precious boy! xo

Mary Beth

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Thank you, Robin!!!! xoxo

gina b

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014

I include 2 organic fruit snacks every single day! Sometimes I'll sub carrots or celery for one of them, if I think they'll eat it, with organic sunflower butter.


Wednesday 3rd of September 2014

It's all about the lunch box over here! I need to remember to send more notes... i totally forget that!