Friday, August 24, 2012

First Week of School Lunches

My baby girl started kindergarten this week. One of my 2012 goals was to not freak out over this. So I've tried to focus on the positive side of her being gone & in the care of others for eight hours a day. At times, I've been okay. At others, not so much.

One thing I have looked forward to is packing her lunches. I remember my mom packing my lunches for many, many years. I was a picky child (my daughter comes by it honestly), and as much as I wanted to be like everyone else and buy a school lunch, most of my younger years were spent brown bagging it.

We had several practice sessions this summer to help Ladybug get used to idea of packed lunches and to practice opening everything. We even made a list what options she wanted for protein, starch, fruit, and veg. (There aren't many veggies that she likes raw; we're working on that.)

My goal is to pack foods that I know she will like, without using too many processed foods. The Angry Bird grahams and crackers below were a total impulse buy because she was with me in the store and we both are obsessed with the game. 

Right now, we are using Easy Lunchboxes (Mon-Thurs this week) and Fit*Fresh smart portion containers (1 cup size) (Friday). I'm sure we'll add to that as the year progresses. (Disclaimer: I am not being endorsed to mentioned these two products, we just like them.)

So here is her first week of packed lunches, plus her morning snack.

Monday: watermelon, mozzarella cheese slices, homemade whole wheat bread with butter, and grapes. Snack is a homemade chewy granola bar.

Tuesday: watermelon, two pumpkin cookies, almond butter & jelly on whole wheat, a peeled clementine. Snack: chewy granola bar.

Wednesday: leftover corn dog muffin, mozzarella cheese stick, Angry Birds Graham crackers, sliced peaches (sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning). Snack: chewy granola bar.

Thursday: peanut butter & jelly on whole wheat, Angry Bird cheese crackers, a black bean brownie (they were SO good!), sliced strawberries. Snack: chewy granola bar.

Friday: diced strawberries & peaches, watermelon, whole wheat crackers & mozzarella cheese slices. Snack: chocolate cereal, almonds, & raisins.

Are you in back to school mode yet?


  1. Those are great ideas. I think I had the same lunch every day: PB & J sandwich, 2 cookies (like oreos) and an apple. Today at WholeFoods they had a "back to school" with different ideas throughout the store. I liked the PB and sliced apple sandwhich idea - you might have to put lemon juice on the apples.

  2. That looks great! I definitely want to do some bento boxes this year.

  3. Thanks for the ideas! My kids are in preschool two days a week where they need a lunch and I ALWAYS struggle with what to pack (especially given Thing 1's hatred of everything healthy and Thing 2's distrust of vegetables).

  4. I love these lunches. I struggle with new ideas for lunch.