School Lunches

We are three months into the school year and it's never to late to share advice on packing lunches for your little ones and yourself. This year is my kid's first year in public school and my first year back in college. I have a few go ­to lunches and snacks that make our life healthy and easier.

First things first, lunch boxes. It all starts with good food transportation. A few years ago I made the investment of bento boxes for all of us and I haven't looked back since. They are durable, dishwasher safe, and perfect for encouraging portion control and packing fresh food.

Here are the lunch boxes and thermos my family uses:

http://bentology.net/collections/bento­kits/products/bento­kit­lunch­bag­bento­kitty

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CBFAE5I/ref=sr_phie=UTF8&qid=1445882722&sr=1&keywords=thermos

One big tip I highly recommend is getting into the routine of buying your fresh fruit and veggies over the weekend and washing, cutting, prepping Sunday. Then all you have to do during the week is take the fresh food out of containers and pop it into a lunch box.

Here are a few of our go-­tos:

  • whole wheat english muffin pizzas
  • beans and rice
  • spring mix with balsamic and sunflower seeds
  • veggies and hummus
  • fresh fruit
  • whole wheat banana, pumpkin, or zucchini bread
  • pasta in a thermos with veggie marinara sauce
  • leftover chili from dinner in a thermos
  • greek yogurt with fruit and granola so we can make our own parfaits
  • grilled chicken burritos
  • yogurt pretzels
  • apples
  • bananas
  • baby bell or laughing cow cheese with crackers
  • squeezable applesauce from Costco
  • and instead of juice I buy a box of horizon organic 2% chocolate milks from Costco and put them into lunches as a treat that packs a lot of calcium

Those are just a few ideas but the possibilities are limitless!