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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas #RocktheLunchbox

Rock the lunchbox Bento BoxUgh…I seriously cannot believe school is less than 2 weeks away. Where has the summer gone? This realization has forced me to get into the “Back To School” mode which has also gotten me thinking about healthy lunches and snacks for my boys. We pack lunches almost daily, and I want to fill their lunchboxes with healthy foods that THEY WILL EAT. There is nothing I hate more than wasting food. I can pack the healthiest lunches around but if my kids are going to throw it in the trash, what is the point…right?

Now that my boys are older (ages 7 & 9) they firmly express their likes and dislikes with me – YAY! No, really – I like it because they can be apart of the decision making when it comes to family dinners, healthy lunches and afternoon snacks. Buying organic can be expensive and I don’t have any problem spending the extra cash because I know it’s healthier for them, but I don’t want it to go to waste. Here are a few tried and true tricks back to school tips I’ve come up with throughout the years to insure that my boys eat healthy foods they like.

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas #RocktheLunchbox

GIVE CHOICES – I meal plan on Sunday for the week and then grocery shop. I ask each of the boys what are some items they would like for lunch and snack. I give them ideas (to jog their memory) and they know to make healthy choices.

HELP PREPARE - I feel any child of school or preschool age can help in the kitchen. By making them involved in the planning and preparing process of any meal they will be apt to eat the meal……because you’ve made them in charge (within your boundaries).

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX - Encourage your children to take leftovers to school, some of our favorites are pasta and soups. Lunch doesn’t need to be a sandwich everyday – even though both of my boys drew sandwiches – LOL! You can put some hummus/pita together, cheese/crackers or even french toast or pancakes. Applegate Farms and Annie’s now have these cool lunch and snack kits that you can pack when you are running late or if you are out of town and a babysitter or hubby is handling lunch. I know so many dads that make lunch everyday for their kids, but not mine so these would be perfect!

Rock the lunchbox snacks

I was recently given a cool #RocktheLunchbox kit to share with my kids. I love the Laptop Bento Box because everything is in one spot. My kids take their own snacks so I can use one box to hold everything – lunch and snacks! I also love the Blue Avocado Reusable Lunch Bag which is perfect for travel too. The bags come in different sizes that are great for snacks or sandwiches.

rock the lunchbox kids collageMy boys idea a healthy lunch – I love that they chose dark bread, a veggie, fruit and dairy

 

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Disclosure – I was asked to participate in helping to spread the word about the rockthelunchbox.com program as part of my Yo-Getter partnership with Stonyfield. I received coupons and lunchbox items pictured in the post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Responses to Healthy Lunchbox Ideas #RocktheLunchbox

  1. Dan gray August 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Great ideas!! I believe healthy eating is the only way to go especially for kids. By showing them good eating habits early on will help them develop good habits for life

  2. Catherine August 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I try to stock our refrigerator and pantry with healthy options so picking things to put in our laptop lunch box in the morning is pretty quick and easy.

  3. Holly August 21, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    I love to cut veggies like carrots in fun shapes like flowers or animals and add fruit to make the lunches fun to eat!

  4. Meg August 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    We like to prepare portions of fruits, veggies and proteins in advance so the kids can mix and match them in their lunches.

  5. Nina H August 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    I make mini-muffins with different vegetables (pumpkin, carrot), that the kids love!

  6. rissa j August 22, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    I grew a garden with veggies this year with my kids and let them pick what we grew,let them be the caretakers,and the harvesters! They have eaten veggies they never would’ve dreamed of before and now are asking for them in their lunchbox!

  7. betsy August 22, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    We try to pack things they like and that they can have fun with. They love to help make sandwiches in are panninni press.

  8. shelleyb August 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Healthy snacks are tough. I’d say we’ve had success with popcorn from our air popper. The kids like making it and I know it’s healthier than most dry, crunchy snacks.

  9. Gina B August 22, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Every single day, pack organic fruit & veggies they like for snacks. And drop the juice except for special occasions.

  10. Carrie MkgLemonade August 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    My healthy tip is that I let me kids choose their lunchbox snacks from a range of healthy options. They way I’m happy because the snacks are healthy, and THEY’RE happy because they had a choice. :)

  11. latanya August 23, 2014 at 5:18 am #

    I like to name my son’s food to something that I know he would like or in his fave color (leonardo sandwich and pack blueberries) and that helps him want to try healthy food

  12. Noreen August 23, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Last school year my kids picked a new veggie to snack on. We discovered jicama which is great in school lunch. We found some other winners but jicama is a family favorite.

  13. Erin Ellis August 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    My tip is use a wide variety of colors in your food choices (in regards to fruits and veggies). Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

  14. Diane August 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    I freeze Stonyfield or Horizon yogurt tubes for my son’s lunch box. By the time he gets to lunch they are defrosted but still cold.

  15. Melissa V August 26, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    We get organic snacks.

  16. alisa August 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    make your own “fruit snacks” by using a dehydrator or the oven at home! Tasty and you know that there aren’t any preservatives!

  17. carrie August 28, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Always put in a lot of fruit options. I know they will at least it that and if they skip the protein, I’ll give it to them for snack when they get home!

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