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Children’s boxed (or bagged) lunches….?


Just curious, as the school year is coming near, I am planning on sending my daughter’s lunch with her more often and am thinking of different HEALTHY lunches I can make. I don’t want to bore her with the same lunch everyday…so, please everyone, tell me what YOU send or plan to send with your child in their lunch boxes *drink included if you send one*!

Lunchables are NOT all that healthy — they have lots of sodium etc.

Main dishes:

* Tuna sandwich wrap with light mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes
* Egg salad sandwich on whole grain bread
* Peanut butter, cashew, or almond butter with a 100 percent fruit spread on whole grain bread (a healthier PB&amp:J)
* Sliced turkey, lean roast beef, or chicken from the deli–or left over from last night’s dinner–with light mayonnaise, mustard, and a slice of cheese

My kids have insulated lunchboxes and I have 8 oz metal insulated containers in which I send between late fall and early spring:

soups and stews
leftover casseroles
a treat of hot cocoa or cider

Treats:

a couple of Hershey`s kisses
a fun size candy bar
a sweet granola bar
a small handful of chocolate or butterscotch chips
a bar or brownie or cookie

Drinks:

Usually water. They can buy milk or chocolate milk at school.

Sides:

* Send a salad in a small plastic container. Keep the dressing on the side in a separate smaller container. (I do this for a main dish for my 12 year old daughter adding meat and cheese cubes to make it a chef salad — the boys do not like it as well).
* Cheese sticks go well with sandwiches and are a good source of calcium.
* Whole grain snack crackers add a nice crunch and lots of healthy fiber.
* Make a fruit salad with grapes, melons chunks, and blueberries.
* Dried fruit, like raisins, dried cranberries or banana chips
* Nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts
* Pack a cold pasta salad or potato salad.
* Baby carrots or celery sticks or cucumber strips with a small container of vegetable dip
* Crunchy raw green beans with a small container of ranch or french onion dip
* Flavored yogurt — I get a large container of vanilla organic yogurt and mix in finely chopped fruit and put about 1/4-1/2 cup in a small plastic container — much less expensive and more fruity than the individual containers.

well i always pack fruit!! 🙂 and veggies and a sand wich and a crystal light pack and mix it with my water Yummmmmmm :&gt:

lunchables are ok kids wont touch healthy food i just threw it away when i was little

a sandwhich, vitamin water, a snack, and something else.

or instead of a sandwhich…..a lunchable

uhmm how about brownies and milk.

pizza and juice box

ham and cheese sandwhich and juice

and how about give her something tasty for fridays like burgers. lol

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