Today is National Sandwich Day, so I originally planned on packing a sandwich as part of my little sister's lunch in honor of that. But we had leftover tomato sauce from last night's dinner of spaghetti and tomato sauce, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try making my own Momable !I loved Lunchables when I was in elementary school, but Lunchables aren't exactly a nutritional superstar of a kid's lunch. They're okay for now and then, but they tend to pretty packed with less healthy additives, preservatives, and dyes, not to mention all the environmentally-unfriendly packaging involved, so Momables sounded like a great idea for a more frequent lunch.
The concept of Momables is to take a Lunchables meal and make a homemade version, saving money and packaging. Since I had leftover tomato sauce and nacho Lunchables are pretty popular, I decided to make a Nacho Momable!
I used a bag of The Better Chip Sweet Onion (made of 40% fresh veggies and it's gluten-free and non-GMO), a little glass jar of homemade tomato sauce (leftovers from the night before), the leftover frozen banana bites from Monday's lunch as that sweet something, and a Just Fruit Bar Pear Strawberry bar. As the drink, she had a bottle of Ocean Spray 100% Apple Juice.
Here are her thoughts: she loved the apple juice! It was perfectly fruity and she likes the nice big bottles the juices come in, because she gets pretty thirsty "from all that learning!"
She is too cute.
She liked the chips, because they were nice and crunchy, but they had a little too much seasoning for her. She would have liked a bit less, especially since she was dipping them in the tomato sauce (which she was surprised to find that she enjoyed cold). She liked the banana bites again (yay!) and loved the Just Fruit Bar. She said it was "like fruit roll-ups, but better because it's sticky and actually tastes like strawberries."
Note: this lunch is definitely kid-sized. My (7-year-old) sister has a really short lunch, followed by a snack break less than two hours later, so she doesn't eat very much at lunch. This isn't enough for an adult lunch! If you are an adult and you like the idea of this lunch, you could make it more appropriately sized by adding a sandwich.
I'm out doing college shopping (I head back to school this weekend!) so I don't have more pictures for you this Wednesday. Sorry!
I hope you check back tomorrow for day 4 of my Healthy Lunchbox Series!
Did/do you like Lunchables?
Which Lunchable was/is your favorite?
What's one of your back-to-school must-haves?