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25 Solutions to the dreaded lunchbox problem

Beth Nydick

My kids started school this week and, like a lot of moms, I’m back to packing lunches.

I cook a great deal, and my kids (thankfully) like to eat leftovers for lunch. But at least once a week, they want something new… and they don’t like sandwiches! I use this list of my top 25 lunches to plan my week/month. Pick and choose what you like and use my free menu planner.

My mom always packed me a healthy lunch, and on Friday I was allowed to buy pizza in the school cafeteria. I would usually have a tuna fish sandwich with Swiss cheese on rye bread and an apple, all packed into a brown paper bag. But since my kids don’t like sandwiches much, here’s my list of 25 healthy lunches they approve.

25 Healthy Kid Approved Lunches:

  1. Apple slices turned into peanut butter sandwiches, carrot sticks, baby tomatoes
  2. Chicken Caesar pasta, homemade pumpkin lunch cookie, strawberries
  3. Apple butter apple wrap with pumpkin seeds, crackers, apple slices, healthy banana oatmeal sponge cake bars.
  4. Chicken soft taco, banana, unsweetened applesauce pouch, mini carrot muffins
  5. Pasta salad with salami and mozzarella, blueberries, baby carrots
  6. Cucumber mini sandwiches, apple slices with peanut butter
  7. Easy chicken tortilla soup, trail mix, cornbread muffin
  8. Greek yogurt, granola, berries, mint
  9. Monster green smoothie, banana slices, trail mix
  10. Homemade “Lunchables” with turkey, cheese, wholewheat crackers, strawberries, unsweetened applesauce pouch
  11. Homemade pizza “Lunchable” with pita, pizza sauce, grated cheese, grapes, green olives, broccoli
  12. Hummus, pita, cucumber slices, carrot sticks, healthy banana oatmeal sponge cake bars
  13. The Laughing Cow cheese wedges, pretzels, grapes, healthy banana oatmeal sponge cake bars
  14. Macaroni and cheese, cup of fruit, carrot and celery sticks
  15. Pasta salad, cheese stick, apple, fruit leather, raw broccoli
  16. Mini Cheese tray: Brie cheese wedge, crackers, grapes, strawberries, baby carrots
  17. Mini salad pita pockets, pretzels, celery sticks, orange
  18. PB and J tortilla roll up, BB energy balls, grapes, bell pepper slices
  19. Peanut butter and Banana tortilla roll-ups, unsweetened applesauce pouch, celery sticks
  20. Simple chili, grapes, a cheese stick, trail mix
  21. Veggie turkey egg cups, watermelon cubes, banana, celery sticks
  22. Tomato basil Soup, garlic knots, strawberries
  23. Tuna fish, crackers, cheese stick, apple, raisins
  24. Tuna salad on bagel, dried fruit, cauliflower pieces
  25. Turkey and cream cheese tortilla wrap, dried fruit, baby tomatoes

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