Lunch Box Inspiration is always needed by parents. Whether you are the parent of a kindergarten-er or a teenager. What will they eat? What is nourishing? What do I shop for? Read on for Lunch Box Inspiration which is good, affordable, and simple.
Lunch Box Inspiration
When it comes to lunch box inspiration, I think you need to mix it up. No one likes to eat the same thing over and over again. So I use “categories” (more on that below) to guide me…but then mix up the items within the categories. One day crackers. One day cookies. One day pasta. One day bento box style lunch. Everyday fruit (but I mix up which fruits go into the lunch box…one day apple slices with cinnamon, one day strawberries, one day a 100% fruit snack, etc…).
These makes lunch box inspiration a little easier because you have a formula to follow but some room to offer a rainbow of foods to your children.
Think Annie’s Homegrown for lunch box ideas.
Annie’s uses 70 – 100% organic ingredients, and all products are created with the promise of no artificial flavours, no synthetic colours, no synthetic preservatives and no GMOs.
Annie’s isn’t just mac n’ cheese either.
- Organic Chocolate Bunny Grahams (a handful in a reusable container is a great treat)
- Gluten Free SnickerDoodle Bunny Cookies (this is something, I as a gluten-free Mom, can take for us all to snack on)
- Cheddar Bunnies (these crackers are paired with carrot sticks pictured here) a good alternative to a sweet treat.
- Berry Patch Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks (for those times you don’t have a reusable container on hand – bunny fruit snacks are individually packaged for on-the-go convenience).
And on browsing the Annie’s Homegrown site…I stumbled upon Annie’s Homegrown pizza poppers. I think my kids would LOVE pizza poppers as an after-school treat. Or I could keep these in the freezer for the Thursday night “I have nothing for school lunch tomorrow” quandary I experience weekly.
My 3 Lunch Box Inspiration Categories:
- Snack : fruit or dairy
- Lunch: bento style of protein, raw vegetables, and carbs
- Snack: cookies or granola bar
These 3 “categories” are included in every lunch box I send with my kids. They like a bento style lunch most days (however, will take pasta in a thermos as well).
I have also decided to bulk prep some items for school lunches this year. I am going to package up crackers in containers. Cookies in containers. Cut fruit in containers. And then create a grab-n-go #LunchBoxYum area in my fridge. This should save me time in the mornings getting the kids’ lunch boxes packed. And I know these are nourishing, real, foods which will power my kids throughout their days.
Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Annie’s HomeGrown.