My sweet little angels
So that brings me back to the reason for this post today. In preparation for these big firsts I have been thinking about what I am going to pack in school lunches this year. I haven't had to do much of that because my oldest chooses school lunch most often. However, school lunch isn't the healthiest way to go about things however conveinient it might be. So we will be doing a mixture of both this year so my kids can feel like they fit in somewhat with their friends yet still have some of the portions of goodness that mom orders! So the following is a list of ideas I have been coming up with, a portion of goodness for you too!
HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS
apple bran muffins, grapes, air popped popcorn, carrot sticks, quiona crackers with reduced fat cheese, pumpkin bread, blueberries, raisins, brown rice with chicken and peanut sauce, squeezable applesauce, freeze dried fruit, edamame, whole wheat tortilla wraps (all natural peanut butter or almond butter and sugar free jelly, or pb and banana, or Laughing Cow spreadable cheese and turkey with spinach), nuts, hummus with parmesan pita chips, granola salad (granola mixed with pb or agave and dried fruit), fresh fruit salad, Nut-Thins, organic brown rice marshmallow treats (Trader Joe's), mini star sandwhiches (whole wheat bread with turkey and cheese cut with star cookie cutter) mini whole wheat bagels and whipped cream cheese, homemade trailmix, whole wheat waffles, yougurt, cheese sticks, cucumbers, energy balls, mandarin oranges, sliced red pepper, quinoa salad, olives, banana chips, fruit leather, grilled cheese on sprouted grain bread, cereal with dried fruit, whole grain crackers and dip, whole grain cookie, air popped chips such as Skinny Fries, mango, Clif Kids Z-bars and fruit ropes, dark chocolate pb wraps or sandwhiches (We use Dark Chocolate Dreams by Peanut Butter &Co.) pizza on whole wheat english muffin, cherry or grape tomatoes, pineapple, zucchini sticks and dip, homemade baked/dried apple slices, tea sandwhiches (cream cheese and parsley or avocado spread), apples, Annie's organic aged real cheddar mac and cheese, whole wheat pasta salad or pasta with tomato sauce, sesame almonds, bananas (with a note from mom written on the outside of it for fun). And because most of us are visual learners/rememberers here are some pictures of some of the mentioned products we love.
|This is the cute little lunch box I get to pack this year!|
BRING ON THE FIRSTS!