When it comes to planning out the lunchbox meals for the week, I always try to incorporate our family meals as well. I share ingredients as much as possible and try to optimize our shopping. We don't like throwing away food in our family. To such a point, in fact, that I've dubbed my husband our "human garbage disposal."
So here we go on our lunchbox adventure! I hope you find this the slightest bit helpful!
The Main Categories I try to stick to:
- "Treat"/Snack/"Fun Food"
Yogurt - 1 4oz container each day, alternating flavors. We have been eating the Trader Joe's Organic yogurts in the following flavors: blueberry, vanilla, mango, peach, strawberry and banana.
Cheese - 1 stick per day. This week I sent him with cheddar sticks. Last week I sent him with Colby jack sticks.
Fruit - 1 4oz container of chopped fruit. I usually put two types of fruit in each container. This week was strawberries/raspberries and strawberries/donut peaches. Last week was strawberries/blueberries and blueberries/peaches.
Veggies - 1 4oz container of steamed veggies. Benjamin is not a huge fan of raw veggies so I steam almost everything for him, but if your child likes raw veggies you can substitute those... which certainly makes for easier prep! Last week I alternated with fresh green beans and sweet potatoes. This week we are alternating between fresh green beans and broccoli.
Main Lunch - Last week I alternated between homemade creamy broccoli mac+cheese and 1/2 chicken cutlet sandwich on 12 grain bread. This week I am alternating between whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce, Parmesan + sausage (leftover from our sausage and peppers night) and Spanish rice + Mexican pork (leftover from our grilled stuffed burrito night).
Lastly, I supplemented with alternating flavors of GoGo Squeez last week and homemade banana cinnamon whole wheat muffins this week. These mini muffins also fit perfectly in my favorite 2 oz containers (link below).
I absolutely love love love these containers - both the 2oz and the 4oz. We have had them for over 2 years and have never had to replace them. They are sturdy, affordable and best of all - dishwasher safe!!
All contents of Benjamin's lunchbox must be labeled each and every day. To make it easier, I purchased dishwasher safe labels from Name Bubbles and labeled all of my 2oz and 4 oz containers. I use a piece of masking tape with his name hand written - on the yogurt, cheese stick and other pouches or baggies.
There are a bazillion types of lunch boxes out there, but we personally love the lunch boxes from Pottery Barn that are personalized with their first name on the front. I purchase them during a sale that also includes free shipping!
I'll be back in a few days to share a super simple baking time saver AND the recipe for the homemade banana cinnamon whole wheat muffins! So easy, nutritious... and tasty, too!
Please feel free to leave me a comment or a message and let me know if there is anything you would like to see me elaborate on or cover in a future post. I'd love to hear from you!
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