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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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27 Comments

  1. I always keep a list of healthy suggestions on the fridge and try to vary them every week. I love the idea of cutting shapes out of the cheese!

  2. I don't buy GMOs at all, including animal products (we buy organic to avoid animals that are fed GMOs). I prep lots of veggies so they are ready for their lunch, carrots, jicama, cilantro, celery, snap peas and such

  3. Erin Ellis says:

    My kids love fruits and veggies, so I mainly include those along with some yogurt and a protein. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

  4. Ashley Outland says:

    I check Pinterest for healthy kids lunch ideas! I always pack my daughter some fruit and yogurt.

  5. I alway's pack a lot of healthy leftovers like soups.

  6. We all shop together ,so we can keep eachother goog.Thanks

  7. Katherines Corner says:

    oops signed up for team annies thinking it was a newsletter 🙁 Sorry xo

  8. Love your lunch ideas!
    Debbie

  9. Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade says:

    For my youngest, I have to make cute and fun looking lunches or else he won't touch them! He might refuse to eat a PBJ, but if it's cut to look like Pac Man he's always excited and ready to eat!

  10. You are one cool Mom Mary Beth! Love these ideas and the banana trick is genius!!

  11. Jennifer Reed says:

    I try to make lunch healthy for my children by providing them with items that will give them the best nutrition to keep up with their busy day.

  12. Randi - Dukes and Duchesses says:

    I love the banana idea ... such a fun way to send a little lunchbox message.

  13. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    We Add Lots Of Fresh Fruits And Veggies To Our Lunches.

  14. I've been using a bento box system for my daughter for lunch and I am loving it. Especially since she prefers to snack for lunch than eat a "meal"

  15. I try to include at least 2-3 fresh fruits and veggies.

  16. I make sure to pack fruits & veggies:)

  17. Bethany the ngnrdgrl says:

    I bought a three compartment gladware and try to fill it with fruit and veggies in the smaller compartments with my main meal in the bigger one. I have a hard time making myself lunches... I really need to get a better system down!

  18. I try to keep lunch healthy for my kids by making sure they have a good balance of veggies, fruit, and protein in each lunch box.

  19. I put in fruits and veggies and yogurt instead of chips and cookies, etc.

  20. Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home says:

    Loving all these ideas! I wish my lunch box looked like this when I was in school 🙂

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

  22. 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.

  23. Robin All Things Heart and Home says:

    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

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Robin!!!! xoxo

  24. 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.

  25. 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
    http://www.hawthorneandmain.com

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Shonee!