School Lunch Roundup VIII

I’m still posting lunches pretty regularly on my Facebook page, but here is part 8 of my School Lunch Roundup Series. Also be sure to check out our School Lunch Photo Gallery. It allows you to search by dietary need and types of food. Lots of readers tell me they sit down with their kids to look at these photos so they can point out what they want packed in their own lunches.

If you’re curious about the lunch boxes we use, check out our Lunch Box Review post as well as my explanation about how one of my favorite lunch boxes got discontinued. (As you can see in the pics I’m clearly still holding on to a few!). We have all sorts of school lunch resources on the blog so don’t be afraid to look around or do a search in the search bar! Enjoy :)

 

Real Food School Lunch Ideas

School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • White chicken chili (defrosted from freezer – recipe will be in my next cookbook out in 2017)
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Whole-grain pumpkin muffin
  • Cheese

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • Leftover pot roast (served warm over whole-wheat noodles)
  • Green beans (served cold)
  • Orange slices

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich
  • Homemade granola chunks
  • Organic cheddar cheese stick
  • Spinach salad
  • Homemade applesauce
  • Piece of bacon (served cold)

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • Fluffy Applesauce Waffles
  • Mini oranges
  • Grapes
  • Plain yogurt mixed with a little pure maple syrup and frozen blueberries
  • Chocolate chips

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • Slow cooker potato soup (recipe from my cookbook)
  • Grated cheese to go on top of the soup
  • Ham/cheese/lettuce sandwich on whole-wheat bread
  • Apples

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • Leftover pork, bean, and cheese quesadillas
  • Little squeeze bottle of sour cream
  • Apples
  • White bean dip (from my cookbook)
  • Blue tortilla chips (a treat!)

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • BLT sandwich
  • Homemade onion dip (recipe found in my cookbook)
  • Organic chips
  • Veggies

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • Brown rice cakes
  • Brie cheese
  • Veggies
  • Hummus for dipping the veggies
  • Grapes

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School Lunch Roundup on 100 Days of Real Food

  • Leftover quiche
  • Leftover roasted potatoes (served cold – they said they’d eat it!)
  • Whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread (from Great Harvest)
  • Spinach salad

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Previous School Lunch Roundup Posts

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  1. So many creative and wonderful ideas. My kiddo is still just a baby, but this makes me excited to prepare her lunches and I hope she is willing to eat such a variety of foods like your kids are! Great job!

  2. This summer I purchased the Real Lunches Real Easy meal plans. We are into Week #2 and it has been so much fun! A complete change from the boring sandwich, bag of chips, and an apple! My 7-year old son has agreed to try everything, that’s the rule. He hasn’t complained once.. He may not eat everything, but there hasn’t been even one complaint! Now I find myself making two lunches because my college-aged daughter begs me to send her a lunch when she goes to work! Thanks for the inspiration! It has been easy to follow and really has made mornings so easy!

  3. I know you are trying here, but honestly, many of these lunches look unappetizing, and a lot of the food isn’t nutrient dense enough to sustain them. There are also heating and cooling issues. As for the suggestion of a peanut butter and honey sandwich or peanut butter on the side, Ummmm PEANUTS and PEANUT BUTTER were completely BANNED from my kids’ school from Kindergarten to Grade 7 due to the high allergy possibility and anaphylactic shock some kids may experience. My children loved peanut butter and could not have it in a granola bar, cookie, sandwich etc. Furthermore, i hope that you are stressing the importance of buying organic or at least washing fruits and veggies well with a mild soap and water or truly what is the point of providing them if they end up eating pesticides? Grapes, apples are especially sprayed weli! I would cut out all the dairy and instead add a gluten free grain such as quinoa. Again, there should be options for gluten-free as some kids experience celiac disease and others are gluten intolerant. Excellent breads made of Buckwheat, Amaranth and Quinoa are available. As for drinks, my kids always had water in a stainless steel thermos. They need plenty of hydration just like us adults without out any added sugar, calories or caffeine. An excellent bean for kiddies to eat on their own are chickpeas from a can rinsed well or soaked first. I do not advise kidney beans (must be heated really well first) or fava beans (favism) as they are trickier to prepare and less healthier options. Keep going, you are getting close – and definitely on the right track. :) Creativity goes a long way!

    1. Note this is what she serves her kids. Everyone has different situations, allergies, etc. Instead of nitpicking the fact that these wont work for everyone, use it as inspiration to get creative and go beyond a sandwhich and chips. Your kids eat quinoia and you want to send that? Awesome! Buckwheat bread? Sounds great! Go for it!

    2. Wow, Experienced Mom….your post was rude. This post by Lisa (aka 100 Days of Real Food) is for her family and shows examples to her readers. Make modifications as needed, keeping the clean/unprocessed nature as the focus. And by the way, nothing here looks unappealing or unappetizing. My kids take similar lunches everyday to their school (they are 11 and 13) and kids always want to know what they are eating…..and nothing every comes home uneaten.

  4. These are great! How do you keep the soup hot and the other items cold? I have a thermos for my daughter (stainless steel), but the ice pack for the other items seems to counteract it. Thanks!

  5. These look great! How do these lunch containers hold up? With my 8 year old…I’m thinking those cute little organized compartments would be a mess!

  6. Thanks so much for posting these lunch updates on your blog too! I am not on Facebook (gasp!) but have followed your blog from nearly the beginning and the lunch roundups were the second thing that really pulled me in since my kids are the same ages as yours (the first was your 100 day challenge). Your hard work in educating us all about real food has paid off for so many families, and I thank you for what you have shared. I continue to learn new things each day and our family stretches itself with a new real food goal every month in ways I would have never imagined 5+years ago!! So, thank you again for the lunch updates and all your posts! AND, I look forward to your next book (….right? …coming soon?… please) :-)

  7. I noticed that there are grapes in one of the lunches. Do you have any advice where to find organic grapes? Just this week, I have looked at Earthfare, Whole Foods, Fresh Market & Harris Teeter with no luck. Same story for strawberries. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Love love love these lunch boxes! great idea to use the silicone cases to separate out food – i was trying to find a way to do that this morning because our ‘compartment’ lunch boxes weren’t to hand (i.e. needed washing up)… couldn’t think of anything that didn’t require wrapping etc so my poor boy has celery sticks and healthy choc brownies all thrown in together for his morning tea! I’m going to go buys some today. Victoria x

  9. Where did you get the little squeeze bottle for the sour cream? I could see that being a great addition to my lunch packing supplies.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. I believe those are Sistema brand 3 piece sauce bottles. You can find them online or at World Market, Walmart, Target and many other stores.

  10. These look great…not only for kids, but I’d make them for me to take to work and for my boyfriend haha…Thanks for the healthy ideas!!! It shouldn’t be as hard as I’ve been making it, to come up with healthy choices instead of gluten-filled ones (which by the way I am taking out of my diet completely to help my health). Thank you again! You have a wonderful website!

  11. Thank you so much for posting these!!! It’s hard to be creative every. single. day. Although my oldest packs his own lunch he still looks to me for ideas (and, of course, to do his grocery shopping.)
    Quick question: I know the soups are in a thermos but some of the other items I’m wondering if you kids eat them cold at school? I think I would have a hard time ‘selling’ cold peas, green beans, or even taco meat.