Video: Think Outside the Sandwich!

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School is back in session for many, and I’d love to encourage parents (and kids!) to “Think Outside The Sandwich” when it comes to packing school lunches. I know PB&J or Ham and Cheese is predictable and easy, but eating a variety of real food is important. And there truly are so many more options when you put you mind to it. So today I am sharing 4 ideas that I presented on the Charlotte Today show last week – several of which are recipes that will be in my upcoming cookbook (out a week from today)!

I’d love for you to share your non-sandwich lunch ideas in the comments below.

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The Only Lunch Meat I Give My Kids

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It’s pretty obvious that lunch meat is not a regular occurrence around here, BUT I do like to pack it for my kids on occasion - just to switch things up! And it seems every time I do, readers ask me what kind of lunchmeat I bought. So today’s post has all the details!

School Lunch on 100 Days of #RealFood

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School Lunch Packing Tips + $250 in Lunch Gear from MightyNest!

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This contest is now closed and the winner has been selected. Congrats to…

Stephanie O.!

It’s soon going to be that time again…back-to-school. I know some of you can’t wait, but for me, it’s bittersweet. Especially after our fun travels so far this summer (in the RV!). I’ve really been enjoying the time with my girls and especially not being so scheduled, if you know what I mean. But alas, it’s almost time to get back into the routine.

And with that routine of course comes the duty of packing real food lunches—something I talk about a lot around here! So I’m excited to partner with our sponsor MightyNest on today’s post, which includes a campaign to equip our kids in helping to pack their own healthy lunches. Yes, you read that right! As parents, we often try to do everything for our kids, but one of the greatest gifts we can give them is empowering them to pack their own lunches. Plus, I can tell you firsthand that when my girls pack their lunches, it’s almost a guarantee their lunchboxes will come home empty. (And as a bonus, this gets us off the hook AND is a good lesson in responsibility—a win-win in my book!)

So I am asking all of you to please take a pledge with me to involve your kids in packing their own real food lunches in real containers this year. What do you say? Some super cool prizes are involved. See below!

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School Lunch Roundup V

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Here is another school lunch summary post of what I’ve been packing for my daughters (and sharing almost daily on Facebook)!

To learn more about the lunches I pack here are some links…

Also be sure to check out our School Lunch FAQs with other info including what I do to prevent apples from turning brown!

School Lunch Roundup Photos

School Lunches from 100 Days of #RealFood

  • Whole-wheat pitas filled with hummus, cheese and carrot shreds
  • A frozen berry/banana/spinach/PB smoothie pop
  • Grapes
  • Cucumbers
  • Water in the cup

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6-Week School Lunch Meal Plan for Sale (for 2 weeks only)!

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Please note the sales period has ended and this product is no longer available for purchase.

It is no secret that I’ve dedicated a decent amount of time on this site talking about packing “real food” school lunches. From the posts on the blog to the pictures on my Facebook page – it is clearly a recurring theme! But even with all of that information I know some parents still feel like they could still use additional help. Let’s face it – we are all so busy these days, sometimes it would just be easier if someone told us exactly what to do! :)

That’s why I was thrilled when our 100 Days of Real Food team member, Kiran, came to me with the idea for this “Real Lunches, Real Easy” School Lunch Meal Plan eGuide. Kiran has 4 kids of her own (ages 9 and under) and, even with her part-time job working with us, she manages to run a tight ship at her house, which includes feeding her family wholesome, real food meals. She has her school lunch packing system down pat! And that system is exactly what inspired this…

6 Week #SchoolLunch Meal Plan from 100 Days of #RealFood

Real Lunches, Real Easy!

We are excited to announce that for a limited time only (between now and January 27th) we are offering a step-by-step eGuide that will make packing real food lunches a breeze. The best part is you don’t have to think about what to buy, make or pack…you just follow the instructions in the meal plans and the rest is done for you!

Product Features:

  • 54-page electronic PDF “eGuide” can be used over and over again.
  • 5 complete real food lunches per week (30 lunches total) including color photos of each.
  • Coordinating recipes and weekly shopping lists with “make ahead” tips for busy parents.
  • Also includes pantry staples, recommended tools, and tips for getting organized.
  • Please note: Nut free substitutions ARE included, but these plans are not gluten-free, and 8 of the 30 lunches contain meat as the main dish (other meat inclusions could easily be omitted).
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School Lunch Photo Contest Results (for October)!

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Photo-Contest-Image1The results are in from our second Facebook School Lunch Contest, and man you guys have some good eaters on your hands! From toddlers to high schoolers I was SUPER impressed with the selections and variety of foods that were packed. Looking through the pictures was very inspiring so be sure to check out the full list of entries if you haven’t already. It was once again not an easy job to pick only 4 winners (so many great ones that also followed our rules this time!), but those who were selected will each get a LunchBots Duo in the color of your choice. So, congrats!

The Top 4 School Lunch Winners!

  • Allison Lindsay: Make your own hummus pizza! Whole wheat mini pitas, hummus (homemade), chopped veggies and olives for topping and a little organic shredded cheese. This assembly-required lunch has been a big hit in the past. My second grader also received a homemade granola bar for snack time (not included in the photo).
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