Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lunch Ideas and Inspiration

Everyone can use some inspiration for lunch ideas, right? For adults and kids. Having a fun and varied lunch is more enticing and eating a variety of healthy foods is a great way to meet our nutritional needs.

We are a homeschooling family but our oldest goes to a co-op one day per week and brings his lunch. Before we made our move across the country, a year ago, he was in public school and took his lunch most days. I started taking pictures of the lunches I made him as inspiration for myself week to week. He often helps or now makes his own lunch (with our guidance).

I totally get it that our three boys are BIG eaters (they often each as much or more than me) and they are not picky and will eat most anything. If these portions seem too much for your kiddo, just edit it down to meet your needs, you know your kids best. These ideas are great for adults as well! A more grown up Bento Box such as Easy Lunch Boxes is a wonderful way to keep portions in check.

In Sugarbooger Divided Lunch Box :
Almond butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread
apple slices
cheddar cheese cubes with Bento Pick for fun
Graham bunnies with dried cranberries and two candy corns in a Silicone Cupcake Liner
Green leaf lettuce with baby carrots

Lunch Cube Box:
Almond Butter and Raspberry Jam sandwich on whole wheat bread
Goldfish crackers
Sunflower seeds and a candy corn pumpkin in a Silicone Cupcake Liner
Fresh raspberries and cubed watermelon
Fresh spinach, baby carrots and small container of poppyseed dressing (I rinse and save any little containers we get from ordering take-out for this)
Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry yogurt

We love Easy Lunch boxes. They have the best sealing lids and three generous compartments. Easy Lunch Boxes makes the perfect EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag that works great for one box and a drink or up to three Easy Lunch Boxes can fit at a time! Love that!

In Easy Lunch box :
Wheat crackers and two chocolate covered blueberries in a silicone cupcake liner
Fresh strawberries
hard boiled egg
Laughing Cow Light Spreadable cheese to spread on crackers
fresh watermelon cubes
Romaine lettuce with cubes of leftover chicken and croutons with side of Ranch dressing

In Easy Lunch box :

Wheat crackers
Roasted pistachios
Organic honey ham rolls
Organic White Cheddar cheese sticks
Fresh Mandarin Orange
Graham bunny crackers with two sour skittles in a silicone cupcake liner
Fresh strawberries
Leftover steamed broccoli from last night's dinner

In an Easy Lunch box :
Turkey Sandwich with lettuce, red onion, cheese and mustard on whole wheat bread
Trader Joe's Alphabet crackers, dried mango slices, two candy corns
Fresh grapes
Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry yogurt

In a Lunch Cube:
Almond butter and raspberry jam on an English Muffin
Mandarin orange
Cascadian Farms Organic mini granola bar
Hummus in a Silicone Cupcake Liner with English cucumber slices
Honey Chex and Goldfish crackers
Organic applesauce cup
Organic Honey ham rolls

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