Occasionally I share pictures of our school lunches on Facebook or Instagram so I thought I’d do a post here on the blog with some lunch ideas for you.  My lunches aren’t beautiful or creative but I do try to send a well balanced lunch most days.  I send lunch to school with my four year old twice a week and my 6 year old almost every day.  My kindergartener does buy pizza once every two weeks or so and I do let him buy a treat on those days as well.  I always send a thermos of water with their lunches.  We’ve never been juice drinkers so they haven’t had a problem with me sending water.

School Lunch Ideas

You can click on any of the pictures to see the picture gallery for each set.

Leftovers in a Thermos:  I use the thermos to send warm leftovers to school.  In these photos I sent leftover homemade tomato soup, leftover pasta with cauliflower sauce and leftover whole wheat macaroni and cheese.  On the side I sent carrots, applesauce, graham cracker bunnies, raw sunflower seeds, and different types of fruit and veggies (grapes, strawberries, cucumber, and peppers.)

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Homemade Lunchables:  My kids really like ham and cheese on crackers.  I buy the organic sliced colby jack cheese from Costco and nitrate free ham from Sprouts.  I sent it with organic crackers (that I buy on sale when they are $2.50) or the multigrain crackers from Costco.  With the homemade lunchables I usually send nuts or sunflower seeds, applesauce, fruits and vegetables and the occasional treat (veggie chips and Annie’s bunnies which were treats from the Easter bunny.)

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Hard Boiled Eggs:  Sometimes I send a hard boiled egg as a good source of protein.  With the egg I sent nuts, applesauce, veggies, fruits, edamame, homemade granola and yogurt.  There are also some homemade graham crackers, yogurt covered pretzels from Sprouts and veggie chips thrown in there.

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Peanut or Almond Butter Crackers:  I often send peanut butter or almond butter in between crackers.  These take just a minute to make and are much healthier than pre-made peanut butter crackers that have preservatives.  With the peanut butter crackers I sent applesauce, fruits, vegetables, homemade banana bread/muffin, pistachios, homemade graham crackers, granola, and yogurt with cinnamon.  (My four year old’s class is peanut free so I only send almond butter with his lunch.)

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Sandwiches:  Neither one of my boys are huge sandwich eaters but I do send them occasionally.  In these lunches I sent edamame, sunflower seeds, pistachios, carrots, celery, applesauce peppers and string cheese with their sandwiches.

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Random Lunch:  Sometimes I just put a bunch of random stuff in their lunch!  In these pictures I sent a combination of  cornbread, string cheese, granola, pistachios, carrots, applesauce, strawberries, yogurt with cinnamon, Annie’s bunnies, grapes, and a banana.

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Pre-school Lunch at Home:  I snapped a few pictures of my four year old’s lunches at home.  He loves ants on a log (peanut butter on celery topped with raisins) so he eats those a lot.  In these lunches he also had grilled cheese, pistachios, part of my salad, nuts, fruits, veggies, homemade banana bread, and leftover frozen smoothie (in the blue freezer mold.)

We only have a few more weeks of school left.  We can do this!!

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