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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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Hello I am a nutritionist and have had difficulty in finding healthy foods for my son’s lunch…that he will actually eat. I have tried everything I can think of but he is very picky. I also think he is overly self conscious about what is in his lunch. Meaning he is in first grade and kids in his class (small group of 16) make comments on what each other had packed in their lunch. So even if he likes something he will not want it any more if someone has made him feel weird about it. I love the idea of the waffle sandwich. Can you tell me what kind/flavor of cream cheese you use and also how do you pack this so it does not end up soggy. My son’s grade does not eat until 1245 so even with ice pack I’m not sure how that would be. Thanks for all the great lunch ideas. Wonderful!
My daughter eats a peanut butter or almond butter (organic from Trader Joe’s) several times a week. I don’t often see peanut butter in her school lunch postings and wondering her thoughts about both. I’ve looked and was unable to find any information on the website in regards to almond and peanut butter. Thanks:)
Do you make the frozen smoothie pops , or buy those? Thanks!
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