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Two weeks ago, I took my son to Kindergarten Roundup. This is basically a Kindergartner Cattle Call. With documents in hand and child in tow, we visited four different stations to get Jack enrolled in kindergarten (KINDERGARTEN! Where did the time go?).
In just a few short months, I’ll have two kids at two schools – and I’ll be packing lunches for both of them. Lord help me.
All of those cute little bento boxes and pretty lunch ideas and sandwiches in the shapes of birds? I love them. Love looking at them, that is. Seriously, they’re adorable and I hope that every now and then I can whip up a lunch inspired by nature or the next holiday or something else AWESOME. My reality, though, is that I need easy-to-pack lunches full of nutritious foods that my picky kids will eat that don’t actually take much effort to make.
So, I’ve compiled a list of (mostly!) healthy and easy lunchbox foods to have on-hand when the lunch packing begins!
- String cheese (or, to save money, buy cheese in a block and cut it up into chunks that you can use during the week)
- Organic cheddar bunny crackers (my kids looove these!) or any type of cracker your child will eat
- Fresh fruit (it doesn’t get any healthier than this, and it’s super easy to pack AND to eat – very little preparation required, and no utensils necessary for eating)
- Organic yogurt pouches
- Sliced veggies or baby carrots (okay…I only have one kid that will eat these, but I plan on putting them in her lunch!)
- Deli meat (easy to send, and easy to eat!)
- PB&J and a cookie cutter (if you want to get crafty but not really get crafty, just make a PB&J sandwich and cut it into a cute shape with a cookie cutter – Jack thinks his mom is the bomb when I give him a sandwich in the shape of the Millenium Falcon, and I like it because I don’t have to listen to any whining about eating the crust!)
- Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, banana chips)
- Veggie Straws (these are in the chip aisle, and they’re basically all-natural “sticks” made from potatos, spinach, and tomatoes…nothing my kids will eat on their own, but they devour them in this form)
- Applesauce or Fruit/Veggie pouches (doesn’t get easier than this!)
- Dried cereal (my kids think a baggie of Honey Nut Cheerios is a fabulous treat)
- Nuts (but check your school’s rules about nuts before sending any!)
- Pre-packaged kid lunches from the deli section (hey – sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do)
- Granola bars
- Robinson’s Fruit Shoot drinks (they fit perfectly in a lunch box!)
Last week, I packed a picnic lunch for the kids and I to eat at their pre-school’s Easter party. The only part they were excited about was the fun new Fruit Shoot drink inside!
Fruit Shoot comes in four flavors, contains real fruit juice, and has no high-fructose corn syrup. A couple of the flavors have no sugar added, making them a great low-sugar option for kids. They also have a no-spill cap, which means I trust my kids with them in the car and even on the couch.
You can check out the Fruit Shoot Facebook page and get more great lunch ideas for your kids here. There is also a code for a FREE Angry Birds download (there’s a huge Angry Birds fan in this house, so YAY!) on every bottle of Fruit Shoot.
We found our Fruit Shoot at Kroger, but you can look for it at any of the following retailers: Walmart, KMart, Kroger, Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Spartan, Speedway, Meijer Gas, Sheetz, Kangaroo, WilcoHess, Handee Hugo, Family Fare, Giant Eagles, Marc’s, Dave’s, UDF, Traxx, Redi Mart, J Clarks
My kids love all of the flavors, but Claire insists purple is her favorite. “Because I LOVE purple!” she says. And on a totally random side note, this is what it’s really like when I try to work when the kids are home:
Clearly, I am not a lunch-packing Jedi – I need all the help I can get! What healthy, EASY, and kid-friendly foods do you keep on hand for school lunches? I’d *love* to know!