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
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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.)
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.)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!!