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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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 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.

The-Ultimate-Lunchbox-Love-Note-from-cupcakesandcrinoline.com #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?  

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 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.

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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.

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 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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Shonee

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 www.hawthorneandmain.com

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 goodness...best 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.

Gwen

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!