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what are some easy and healthy school lunches? ideas.


by on Aug. 8, 2011 at 9:59 PM
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babowes
by on Aug. 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Option 6
Bacon wrap
Strawberries
Carrots
Chips
Cookie
Milk
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mommymunchkinss
by on Aug. 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Thank you babowes.

bramamber
by Member on Aug. 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM
Vegetable soups. Any fresh fruit, carrots, crackers and hummus.
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tears30314
by on Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:21 PM
pb and j, ants on a log, and a side of homemade trailmix
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tears30314
by on Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:26 PM
turkey/cheese on whole wheat bread cut into four squares. apple slices and caramel or pb dip.
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armywife1229
by on Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Today I made sandwiches with crescent rolls. Then I wrapped them up in foil and they stopped hot for a few hours at the pool.

rkoloms
by on Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Most days, my daughter brings a thermos with whole grain pasta, cooked vegetables, and some sort of sauce (like peanut or marinara).

This list is the collected wisdom of many moms; I hope that you find it inspiring:

 

Lunch Box Ideas

 

Drinks:

o   Soy shakes, like Vigoraid by Westsoy in juice boxes

o   Warm apple cider, herb tea or cocoa in a thermos (what other warm drinks are good?)

o   Bottled water

o   soy milk boxes

o   Most fruit juices especially if it comes in a box..or if I put it in those drink bottles with a straw. Any juice boxes should be transferred into some type of sippy cup or cup with flip-up straw before drinking (trust me -- those juice boxes are a menace), 

o   Homemade flavored soy milks again best if in a travel bottle with straw. Simply add flavoring to  ordinary soy milk some ideas may be: Chocolate or carob, cinnamon, mango, orange, pineapple, banana, Etc. Use your imagination and think of your child's favorite flavors.

o   Fruit and tofu smoothies. Often these are enough to fill my kids up on my own and it's easy to sneak in extra nutrients.

 

Food:

o   Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, cut up into quarters or fingers

o   Peanut Butter Roll-ups (cut crusts off a slice of bread, flatten it out, put peanut butter + other toppings, roll up. Optional: slice into 4's with toothpicks to keep from unrolling.

o   Cream Cheese Cucumber Pita Sandwich (almost any sandwich can go in a pita!)

o   Nut butter and fruit spread sandwiches on bread, cut up into quarters or fingers

o   Nut butter sandwiches on small crackers

o   Mini quiches or mini pizzas

o   Whole wheat pasta rollups: with soynut butter, chopped apples, and carrots; avocado, chives, hummus or other bean spread (with lots of garlic), and sometimes sprouts;  roasted veggie wraps with hummus or spiced sour cream

o   Peeled hardboiled egg, halved

o   Cheese or baked tofu cubes

o   Greek yoghurt w honey

o   Ziti or multicolored finger food pasta w/ tomato sauce to dip & grated cheese

o   Chick peas, green beans and macaroni (mixed together, no sauce)

o   Pancake and veggie sausage w/ fruit spread to dip

o   Veggie hot dog wrapped in biscuit dough and baked

o   Baby potatoes and carrots, cooked whole, with yoghurt based dip

o   Baked white or sweet potato "fries" with cubed veggie burger and ketchup to dip

o   Thermos of bean & veggie soup with toast fingers to dip in it

o   Thermos of rice & beans, grated or shredded cheese on the side to mix in

o   One of my kids favorites is tofu salad sandwiches

o   Lettuce wraps are great! Send leaves of romaine (or other lettuce) hummus, and shredded crunchy vegetables. Another good filling is mashed beans, corn and salsa.

o   Leftovers... may sound crazy but but my dd seems to think that food tastes better coming out of a plastic container and a bag or lunch box... or maybe it's just the home-cooked thing away from home.

o   Rice with margarine and Nutritional Yeast flakes ( or cheesy powder as we call it. chunks of tofu or steamed veggies can be added to this if desired... and with a bit of Bragg's it becomes a very believable fried rice.

o   nut butter sandwiches with slices or smashed fruit

o   fruit sandwiches

o   cucumber sandwiches

o   carrot salad sandwiches (shredded carrots mixed with a vegan mayo, and if the mood suits raisins)

o   any type of salad or "normal" sandwich toppings in pita bread

o   tortilla rolls ...are favorites are pizza, taco (beans and cheese), or pb and fruit.

o   Cold cooked pasta, baby carrots (they're already peeled),

o    homemade lunchables: any type of meal a kid can assemble ( or eat separately if they choose)served in a container with various compartments.

o   Pancake Sandwiches - Cut pancakes into shapes with cookie cutters. Spread one side with cream

o   Chili with whole wheat noodles, brown rice or whole grain crackers

o   cheese (can be vegan), do the other with fruit preserves or jam.

 

Snacks and sides:

o   Fruit w/ dip (cream cheese with juice concentrate or preserves mixed in)

o   Dried fruit or fruit leather

o   Baked chips, veggie chips or veggie/fruit/pirate's booty

o   Just Veggies or Fruit

o   Fresh whole banana

o   Fruit..of all kinds...with or without dip.

o   soy pretzels- plain or with anything that it can be dipped into

o   veggie booty

o   soy nuts

o   bread sticks

o   sunflower seeds

o   sunflower seed mixed with dried fruit

o   roasted pumpkin seeds

o   popcorn!!!! our favorite...air-popped with or without added flavorings...

o   your own gorp (whatever mixture of cereal, dried fruit, nuts & possibly coated chocolate -- like M&Ms -- you like),

o   grapes, pretzels, garbanzo beans (chickpeas),

o   Corn & Bean Salad

o   Broccoli Salad

o   Frozen Grapes

 

Basically anything that seems novel gets points so be sure to try cutting sandwiches with a knife or cookie cutter. fruits and veggies can be cut into all kinds of cool shapes too.

Hope this helps.

 

Freezable Sandwich Toppings (freezing sandwiches can save a lot of time in the morning)

o   Bananas (sprinkle with citrus juice if browning bothers you)

o   Branston pickle

o   carrots (raw or cooked)

o   cheese (sliced)

o   greens (COOKED) (i.e. spinach, cabbages, etc.)

o   jams, jellies

o   Marmite or Vegemite

o   mushrooms (cooked, or raw - but without surface water)

o   Nutella

o   peanut butter

o   tomatoes

 

DON'T FREEZE:

o   cream cheese

o   cucumber (raw)

o   greens (raw) (i.e. spinach, cabbages, etc.)

o   honey

o   lettuce (raw)

o   mayonnaise

 

Dani_Lynn
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 10:04 AM
Great ideas babowes
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Dani_Lynn
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Nice

Quoting rkoloms:

Most days, my daughter brings a thermos with whole grain pasta, cooked vegetables, and some sort of sauce (like peanut or marinara).


This list is the collected wisdom of many moms; I hope that you find it inspiring:


 



Lunch Box Ideas


 


Drinks:


o   Soy shakes, like Vigoraid by Westsoy in juice boxes


o   Warm apple cider, herb tea or cocoa in a thermos (what other warm drinks are good?)


o   Bottled water


o   soy milk boxes


o   Most fruit juices especially if it comes in a box..or if I put it in those drink bottles with a straw. Any juice boxes should be transferred into some type of sippy cup or cup with flip-up straw before drinking (trust me -- those juice boxes are a menace), 


o   Homemade flavored soy milks again best if in a travel bottle with straw. Simply add flavoring to  ordinary soy milk some ideas may be: Chocolate or carob, cinnamon, mango, orange, pineapple, banana, Etc. Use your imagination and think of your child's favorite flavors.


o   Fruit and tofu smoothies. Often these are enough to fill my kids up on my own and it's easy to sneak in extra nutrients.


 


Food:


o   Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, cut up into quarters or fingers


o   Peanut Butter Roll-ups (cut crusts off a slice of bread, flatten it out, put peanut butter + other toppings, roll up. Optional: slice into 4's with toothpicks to keep from unrolling.


o   Cream Cheese Cucumber Pita Sandwich (almost any sandwich can go in a pita!)


o   Nut butter and fruit spread sandwiches on bread, cut up into quarters or fingers


o   Nut butter sandwiches on small crackers


o   Mini quiches or mini pizzas


o   Whole wheat pasta rollups: with soynut butter, chopped apples, and carrots; avocado, chives, hummus or other bean spread (with lots of garlic), and sometimes sprouts;  roasted veggie wraps with hummus or spiced sour cream


o   Peeled hardboiled egg, halved


o   Cheese or baked tofu cubes


o   Greek yoghurt w honey


o   Ziti or multicolored finger food pasta w/ tomato sauce to dip & grated cheese


o   Chick peas, green beans and macaroni (mixed together, no sauce)


o   Pancake and veggie sausage w/ fruit spread to dip


o   Veggie hot dog wrapped in biscuit dough and baked


o   Baby potatoes and carrots, cooked whole, with yoghurt based dip


o   Baked white or sweet potato "fries" with cubed veggie burger and ketchup to dip


o   Thermos of bean & veggie soup with toast fingers to dip in it


o   Thermos of rice & beans, grated or shredded cheese on the side to mix in


o   One of my kids favorites is tofu salad sandwiches


o   Lettuce wraps are great! Send leaves of romaine (or other lettuce) hummus, and shredded crunchy vegetables. Another good filling is mashed beans, corn and salsa.


o   Leftovers... may sound crazy but but my dd seems to think that food tastes better coming out of a plastic container and a bag or lunch box... or maybe it's just the home-cooked thing away from home.


o   Rice with margarine and Nutritional Yeast flakes ( or cheesy powder as we call it. chunks of tofu or steamed veggies can be added to this if desired... and with a bit of Bragg's it becomes a very believable fried rice.


o   nut butter sandwiches with slices or smashed fruit


o   fruit sandwiches


o   cucumber sandwiches


o   carrot salad sandwiches (shredded carrots mixed with a vegan mayo, and if the mood suits raisins)


o   any type of salad or "normal" sandwich toppings in pita bread


o   tortilla rolls ...are favorites are pizza, taco (beans and cheese), or pb and fruit.


o   Cold cooked pasta, baby carrots (they're already peeled),


o    homemade lunchables: any type of meal a kid can assemble ( or eat separately if they choose)served in a container with various compartments.


o   Pancake Sandwiches - Cut pancakes into shapes with cookie cutters. Spread one side with cream


o   Chili with whole wheat noodles, brown rice or whole grain crackers


o   cheese (can be vegan), do the other with fruit preserves or jam.


 


Snacks and sides:


o   Fruit w/ dip (cream cheese with juice concentrate or preserves mixed in)


o   Dried fruit or fruit leather


o   Baked chips, veggie chips or veggie/fruit/pirate's booty


o   Just Veggies or Fruit


o   Fresh whole banana


o   Fruit..of all kinds...with or without dip.


o   soy pretzels- plain or with anything that it can be dipped into


o   veggie booty


o   soy nuts


o   bread sticks


o   sunflower seeds


o   sunflower seed mixed with dried fruit


o   roasted pumpkin seeds


o   popcorn!!!! our favorite...air-popped with or without added flavorings...


o   your own gorp (whatever mixture of cereal, dried fruit, nuts & possibly coated chocolate -- like M&Ms -- you like),


o   grapes, pretzels, garbanzo beans (chickpeas),


o   Corn & Bean Salad


o   Broccoli Salad


o   Frozen Grapes


 


Basically anything that seems novel gets points so be sure to try cutting sandwiches with a knife or cookie cutter. fruits and veggies can be cut into all kinds of cool shapes too.


Hope this helps.


 


Freezable Sandwich Toppings (freezing sandwiches can save a lot of time in the morning)


o   Bananas (sprinkle with citrus juice if browning bothers you)


o   Branston pickle


o   carrots (raw or cooked)


o   cheese (sliced)


o   greens (COOKED) (i.e. spinach, cabbages, etc.)


o   jams, jellies


o   Marmite or Vegemite


o   mushrooms (cooked, or raw - but without surface water)


o   Nutella


o   peanut butter


o   tomatoes


 


DON'T FREEZE:


o   cream cheese


o   cucumber (raw)


o   greens (raw) (i.e. spinach, cabbages, etc.)


o   honey


o   lettuce (raw)


o   mayonnaise



 

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paganbaby
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I like this.

Quoting seraphimsong:

Sandwiches or wraps. Baby carrots, grapes, or other fruits and veggies cut into bite size pieces.


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