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Back to School Lunch Ideas!

Posted Aug 21 2013 6:37am

It’s that time of year again… packing lunches for ourselves or our kids, and trying not to repeat the same old recipes.  Even with the best intentions, I tend to get in a rut … I like sending my 3yo with things I know she’ll eat (anything nut butter related) but I also want her to get a variety of nutrients.

I wrote this post last year and found myself going back to it recently to remind myself to mix it up, and I added a few ideas to it.

Here are some lunch ideas to help spark your creativity:

Roll-ups (our favorite, with endless combinations)

  • Hummus and shredded Veggies (carrot, zucchini, beet)
  • NB &B (peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter with sliced bananas)
  • Melted Cheese and Tomato
  • Black Bean + Spinach Spread +Cherry Tomatoes
  • Avocado (mashed) and shredded cheese (optional nitrate free turkey)

Finger Food Leftovers

Breakfast for Lunch

Hot lunches

  • High quality hot dog (we like Applegate) with slices of peppers or mushrooms, string cheese and fresh fruit
  • Leftover pasta in a thermos
  • Mushroom and cheese quesadilla
  • Bean burrito
  • Dinner leftovers- such as diced chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli

For more inspiration, check out Lindsay’s 50 Packable lunch ideas, Michelle’s School Lunch series and Lisa’s Smart Lunch box ideas . I’m also linking up with Jenn for WIAW .

Do you pack a lunch for yourself or your kids? What are your go-to items?

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