A lot of people seem interested in ideas for packing lunches for kids so I am dedicating a whole page to it. I will try to take more pictures of our lunches on the mornings that we’re not chasing after the bus while trying to put snow pants on and sign permission slips all at the same time! I will just say that this is something that is still a work in progress for me. I am always on the lookout for items with clean ingredients (that my kids will actually eat) while still staying in our grocery budget.

 

Lunches

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Triscuit crackers, white cheddar cheese, nitrate-free ham, baby orange segments, carrots and yellow pepper strips, and a homemade whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffin.

 

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Homemade whole wheat mac and cheese with peas, apple slices, and a whole wheat zucchini chocolate chip cookie.

 

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Halloween Lunch – organic blue corn tortilla chips, guacamole, carrots, cheese slices, and cantaloupe.

 

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Leftover Swedish Meatballs with whole wheat egg noodles, carrots, celery, and cucumbers with homemade Ranch dip.

 

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Trader Joe’s whole wheat pita with hummus, Havarti cheese, and cucumber slices. Served with plain, unsweetened applesauce and celery with peanut butter and raisins (ants on a log).

 

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Whole grain crackers, nitrate-free ham, cheddar cheese slices, cucumbers, carrots, sliced plum, and a honey-sweetened cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.

 

Food Should Taste Good Multi-grain Chips, guacamole, cheese cubes, carrots and snap peas, raspberries.

Food Should Taste Good Multi-grain Chips, guacamole, cheese cubes, carrots and snap peas, raspberries.

 

Leftover meatballs (made with grassfed beef and local free range ground pork), a spelt pupmkin chocolate chip muffin and organic apple slices.

Leftover meatballs (made with grassfed beef and local free range ground pork), a spelt pupmkin chocolate chip muffin and organic apple slices.

 

Pasta Salad (with whole wheat spiral noodles & vinegar/olive oil/dill dressing), Monterrey Jack cheese cubes, and diced mango.

Pasta Salad (with whole wheat spiral noodles & vinegar/olive oil/dill dressing), Monterrey Jack cheese cubes, and diced mango.

 

 

PB&J on whole wheat, carrots & peapods with homemade Ranch dip, popcorn, strawberry mango smoothie puree frozen in a silicon popsicle mold.

PB&J on whole wheat, carrots & peapods with homemade Ranch dip, popcorn, strawberry mango smoothie puree frozen in a silicon popsicle mold.

 

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Leftover homemade whole wheat crust pizza (served cold), with carrots, organic strawberries, and PB Granola Bites (recipe on the blog).

 

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Mini whole wheat bagel with organic cream cheese, bell pepper strips, popcorn, fruit salad with cantaloupe, raspberries, and mango.

 

Homemade vegetable soup, cold grilled cheese sandwich strips for dipping, and frozen mango cubes.

Homemade vegetable soup, cold grilled cheese sandwich strips for dipping, and frozen mango cubes.

 

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Whole Wheat pita chips, hummus, string cheese, sliced plum, and a whole wheat zucchini chocolate chip cookie.

 

1/2 PB&J on whole wheat, baby carrots, organic blue tortilla chips and homemade guacamole.

1/2 PB&J on whole wheat, baby carrots, organic blue tortilla chips and homemade guacamole.

 

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Triscuit thin crackers, Laughing Cow light Swiss, carrots, grape & raspberry skewers, and a whole wheat zucchini chocolate chip cookie.

PBJ Mini Bagel

Mini Whole Wheat Bagel with Trader Joe’s Raw Almond Butter, Carrot Sticks, Mango, and Popcorn.

 

All Natural Peanut Butter and Jelly on Whole Wheat (shaped like a mitten), apple slices, popcorn, and Carrot Cake Oatmeal Square

All Natural Peanut Butter and Jelly on Whole Wheat (shaped like a mitten), apple slices, popcorn, and Carrot Cake Oatmeal Square

 

Cheese and Crackers, Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin, Dried Cranberries and Almonds , Cantaloupe Chunks

Cheese and Crackers, Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin, Dried Cranberries and Almonds, Cantaloupe Chunks

 

Popcorn, Carrots and Yellow Bell Pepper strips, raw cashews, cheese and crackers, blueberries

Popcorn, Carrots and Yellow Bell Pepper strips, raw cashews, cheese and crackers, blueberries

 

 

 Snacks

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Celery with natural peanut butter and raisins (ants on a log) and popcorn.

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Organic fresh raspberries and a slice of zucchini blueberry spelt bread.

 

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Apple slices with PB Granola Energy Bites (recipe on blog).

 

Apples Graham Crackers and PB Dip

Apple slices, Organic Whole Grain Graham Crackers, and PB Yogurt Apple Dip

 

Marbled Cheddar cheese cubes and baby carrots

Marbled Cheddar cheese cubes and baby carrots

 

 

Multi-grain crackers with Sunflower Butter, Apple Slices

Multi-grain crackers with Sunflower Butter, Apple Slices

 

Cantaloupe and 2 Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cantaloupe and 2 Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Our favorite Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn - just Non-GMO popcorn, sunflower oil & sea salt.

Our favorite Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn – just Non-GMO popcorn, sunflower oil & sea salt.

 

Plain Greek Yogurt with a little honey and organic frozen raspberries to add in at snack time.  This insulated freezer container is great for yogurt!

Plain Greek Yogurt with a little honey and organic frozen raspberries to add in at snack time. This insulated freezer container is great for yogurt!