Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fun Back To School Lunches

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Back to school is coming up fast - and that means making lunches again....5 times a week, for 2 kids. Any other parents out there groaning with me? I shouldn't complain too much, Mr. J is 8, and started taking over his own lunch making towards the end of school and I expect that to continue.  That means I am responsible for buying the food that goes into our cupboards/fridge and for supervising him to make sure he has good choices in his lunch box.  It also leaves me making Mr. K's lunch - although I let him pick his snacks from appropriate options, and I make the "meal" portion.

Our school is set up to have a morning snack, lunch, and then an afternoon snack.  The school is also peanut, tree nut and sesame free.  This means that if I am buying pre-made goodies, I need to check labels carefully.  I try and send in whole fruits and veggies, and home made goodies as much as possible, but every now and then it's a super rushed morning and we reach for granola bars or other packaged goodies.

The boys and I headed off to walmart to pick up some back to school lunch items.  We always start in the produce section, since that is where we enter the store.  We then make our way through the bakery and grocery aisles, ending up in the dairy section at the end.

I like to send the kids a treat in their lunches, and a fun way for me to do this is to send them yogurt tubes.
yogurt tubes are found in the
refrigerated aisles.
The kids LOVE them and to make it fun I freeze them first! If they have it for first snack, it's still pretty frozen, or by the time lunch comes around, the yogurt tube has thawed slightly but is still fairly firm and slightly less messy than eating it straight from the fridge.  By freezing them, they also help to keep other items cool.

they are located next to the other individually packaged yogurts and yogurt drinks

Mr. K is pretty easy to please when it comes to food.  Often times he will take leftovers from dinner the night before, but sometimes he wants quick, easy to eat snacks and lunches. This is similar to what he would take on a quick day:
  • a tortilla with cream cheese, salsa and green pepper; rolled up and sliced
  • fruit skewers with grapes and strawberries
  • school safe banana loaf (or home made muffin if I had any)
  • maple leaf shaped turkey sandwich
  • selection of raw veggies (with tomatoes fresh from our garden!)
  • frozen yogurt tube

What types of lunches do your kids take to school? I am always on the hunt for new ideas - I would love to hear yours!


  1. i have a super picky daughter and a son who loves every food. lunches are great lol!

  2. My girl will be more easy about lunches than my boy was....and YES to Tubes!

    Love the fruit skewers idea, we've done them in the past, will have to get them back in the rotation :)

  3. Those roll-ups are so cute!

  4. My grandchildren love the yogurt tubes, must pass on to my daughter the freezing tip, great idea for hot summer days :-)

  5. Those are some fun choices. I love the maple leaf sandwiches!

  6. Its so hard to believe it's almost that time again.. I love the idea of using a cookie cutter to make shaped sandwiches!

  7. I am always looking for lunchbox ideas, I love the kabob skewer.

  8. Great ideas! I love how creative you are with lunch ideas. #client

  9. Love you great ideas! I especially like the tortilla with cream cheese, salsa and green pepper; rolled up and sliced.That is awesome and so delicious.Thanks for this post. :)

  10. can't believe school is just about back in...thanks for the ideas

  11. This week is all about dips for my girl.....she needs to have a dip for crackers, veggies, cheese. Three year olds eh.


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