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Red bell pepper slices, hard-boiled egg, 3 mini whole-grain pumpkin muffins, frozen smoothie pop (made with berries/bananas/plain yogurt/swiss chard leaves), and some whole-wheat pretzels (from Trader Joe’s)
Whole-wheat waffle and cream cheese sandwich, an organic ham/cheese roll up (once in a blue moon I buy Applegate organic sandwich meat just to switch things up), some apple slices, and a homemade trail mix (nuts/seeds/raisins)
Sunflower seed butter and honey sandwich, whole-grain pretzels, organic cheese stick, cucumbers, red bell peppers, and hummus (for dipping)
Whole-wheat “pita pizza” (toasted in the toaster oven and served cold), raw carrots, leftover steamed broccoli, and hummus
Leftover veggie corn chowder (warm in thermos), whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bread, and cucumbers/carrots
Hummus & cheese sandwich (topped with a few spinach leaves), carrots, cheese slices, honeydew melon, strawberries, and applesauce
Popcorn, applesauce, carrots, berry/yogurt/spinach/banana smoothie pop, and a whole-grain zucchini muffin
Spaghetti and meatballs (made with carrot bits and defrosted from freezer), an apple/PB sandwich, and water
Whole-wheat waffle/cream cheese/cinnamon sandwich, carrots, plain yogurt mixed with homemade berry sauce, and a hard-boiled egg
A “make your own pizza” lunch with whole-wheat pita triangles (from Trader Joe’s), store bought organic pasta sauce, a little grated cheese, and some “ants on a log” made with sunflower seed butter and raisins
Whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bread/cream cheese sandwich, grapefruit slices, pineapple bits, and plain yogurt mixed with a little vanilla extract, pure maple syrup and frozen blueberries
Refried bean/cheese tostada (cut into 4 triangles and served cold), peanuts, honeydew melon, and an apple/sunflower butter sandwich
Blueberry/spinach/yogurt smoothie pop, carrot, whole spelt pumpkin muffin, popcorn & roasted pumpkin seed mix, and clementines with grapes
Homemade tomato bisque (with whole-wheat noodles floating in it), melon/raspberries, a zucchini muffin, and water.
Leftover Crock-Pot chicken, berry/yogurt/spinach frozen smoothie pop, cheese stick, apple slices, and a whole-wheat banana nut muffin
Please share your school lunch ideas in the comments below!
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[...] So normally my OCD would not allow me to buy different lunch boxes when the Sassy ones I have work so well – but in the spirit of Bento I broke from my norm and found this super cute (the lid is floral with snap closure) square lunch box. Again a testament to keeping a lookout because you will never know what you can find and for cheap – that one was on clearance at Target! Another week another few links to check out for more lunch ideas – I love this site that a friend and reader recommended Happy Little Bento. Then another great page that you may have seen if you follow The Obsessive Crafter on facebook was recommended by a friend/reader 100 days of Real Food [...]
These lunches are fresh, healthy, and look delicious! Our daycare Academy has been incorporating real, organic food into our routine and I am glad to have found your blog! Thanks for sharing this great info!
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I am a stay at home of two children 4 1/2, 1 1/2 years of age and am currently 31 weeks pregnant I am overly tired these days and was wondering if you lunchbox recipe or any of you recipes can be pre made and stored for quick lunch or frozen for go to lunch or dinners for these last weeks and to help out when baby arrives?
I’m so happy to have found these round ups! They are great inspiration for my lunches for work because I work out of someone’s home and even though she lets me use a stove to heat things up I always feel a little awkward about it. Lots of great options for cold lunches on here so thanks!
Every time I get in a lunch rut (or any other real food-related rut), I peek at your site and I always find inspiration. It’s obvious that cooking delicious, nourishing meals for your family is a labor of love for you. Thanks for sharing!
love the lunch ideas. where can I find the recipe for the veggie chowder? thanks
Hi there. That is not a recipe Lisa has shared yet. It might be reserved for her upcoming cookbook. ~Amy
This site inspired me to create a blog! I’m eleven years old and I decided to write a blog about school lunches from a kid’s perspective. It’s called “Lunch Bunch”! There isn’t too much yet, but I’d really like it if some people saw it. I have one question for the people at 100 days of real food: What is the kids favorite food? Thank you!
Wow, Ally!, pretty impressive. Good luck with your blog. Are you posing your “favorites” question to the readers? ~Amy
[...] I remembered I said I’d send my daughter a link to a “real food” blog post about fixing kids’ school lunches. I found it and sent it. I also followed a link in that post to another blog. I hardly ever [...]
Did you cut your pita bread or did it come in triangles?
Hello Veronica. We cut our own triangles. ~Amy
This is Ally. That question is for everyone! I haven’t put it on my blog yet, but I probably will. Thank you!
[…] Always on the look out for healthy, tasty food ideas, the first 2 weeks of 2014 I’ve definately been making this top of my priorty list. I’ve been following Lisa Leake in her mission as a mom to cut out all processed foods. For me having a child with a big appetite is great but making sure I fill her little tum with goodness is sometimes challenging. Kindy starts back tomorrow and I’m sending layla with lunch boxes inspired by this: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/02/04/school-lunch-roundup-iii/ […]
When you pack waffles in the kids lunch do you just let them thaw and pack them cold or do you heat them in the morning?
Thanks! Love this website!
Hello Sarah. You can do it either way. My kids like them a little more crispy, so I throw them in the toaster before packing them up. ~Amy
[…] got the idea to post Sneezy T’s lunches from the folks over at 100 days of real food. They do a great job of giving you ideas on how to eat clean and healthy. Sneezy T’s lunches […]
Any ideas on how to change up these lunch ideas for high school kids who want to take their lunch because the school food is gross, but don’t have anywhere to keep the lunch cold, and also don’t want to look weird (and not cool) for bringing their lunches?
Hi Marybeth. Ask for your kids input on what might be considered more or less cool. It may be as simple as increasing the portion sizes, finding the right lunch carrier, and perhaps, no toothpicks with pinwheels or hearts. Also, the ice packs really do keep lunch items adequately cool (as in temp not “hipness”). Best of luck. ~Amy
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Where do you find the large silicone cupcake holders. I purchased some, but they are too short and their contents spills out.
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Love this website… gives a lot of ideas for healthy home-made and interesting school-box lunches for kids.
Can you please let me know a very healthy recipe for spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce? Please… As my daughter has recently started to love this dish, i want to make it healthy. She also recently has started to ‘not-like’ veggies! Hence want to sneak in..