*Disclaimer: I was provided with products from PACKiT, and JUSTIN’s as a Stonyfield Blogger. All opinions expressed here are my own.
We made wishes that the end of summer wouldn’t come but now back to school time is here. Back to school means earlier bedtimes and healthy meals to keep my little ones engaged in learning at school and energized to stay active! Packing school lunches can be fun as long as you have the what you need for packing and a lot of healthy foods for the hungry hungry hippos. I always try to include as many organic foods as possible into my kids lunches as well as lots of healthy kid friendly snacks. This time of year is also great for packing lunches because our garden is overflowing with vegetables and even some watermelons that we have lovingly been taking care of all summer long.
- PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag –If you haven’t yet discovered these lunch boxes you are missing out! This colorful PACKiT Lunch Bag easily folds up and goes right into the freezer and will chill food for your kids (or you) for up to 10 hours. What a brilliant idea! No more need for ice packs and lunches will stay colder! There are also lots of styles and sizes to choose from.
- Bento Boxes-I began using different forms of the bento box (a re-usable container with separated compartments) when my kids were in pre-school. Somehow these containers make putting school lunches together more fun and the kids love to help making lunch with them. I have come to prefer these over using plastic bags as they are more earth friendly!
- A Thermos–Tried and true for helping to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, a thermos is great for soups, pasta,yogurt and more and they are also earth friendly!
What’s in your Lunchbox?
Sometimes it can be a struggle to figure out what to put in my kids lunch boxes to keep it interesting and I am sure that I am not the only one. Here are some ideas that my kids love! I’d love to hear your ideas too so please be sure to leave a comment!
- Justin’s Peanut Butter or Justin’s Almond Butter packets–These packets go well in a lunchbox with apple slices, bagels, pretzels or really anything that you’d like to add a little squeeze of nut butter too.
- Justin’s Snack Packs with Chocolate Hazelnut Butter–sweet and salty, a sweet treat for your little ones.
- Stonyfield Yogurt Squeezers–Always a staple item
- Sliced cucumbers
- Ham and Turkey roll-ups
- Tortilla sandwiches
- cut up strawberries, apples, bananas etc.
- Tofu cubes–my daughter still loves these
- Dried Fruit
- Trail Mix
- Shaped sandwiches –use cookie cutters
- carrots and dip, hummus, or goat cheese
- Cheddar cheese cubes
You get the idea! There are so many great goodies to add into a lunchbox to fill your little one up. I always try to keep the meals colorful and balanced.
What’s in your kids lunchbox? Please all of your best lunchbox ideas!