Packing Healthy Lunches for Back to School

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Brooke started back at school a few weeks ago and Blake just started preschool this week and we are LOVING life! To say I love having a schedule would be an understatement. My kids and I love predictability, so having things stay the same day in and day out keeps our home running smoothly.

Part of that predictability is what can be expected for lunch. I pack Brooke’s lunch everyday and she knows exactly what she’ll be getting on the daily. Blake gets a very similar version at home before he heads off to afternoon preschool.

Here is what I pack:

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Brooke’s first day of school….starting 2nd grade!
  1. Main Course — this is usually half a sandwich, a roll sandwich, a mini bagel sandwich, a pita sandwich, etc. Do you see a pattern here? Typically it’s turkey and cheese, ham and cheese or peanut butter. Protein and whole grains is what I’m after. Sometimes it’ll be whole wheat crackers and a cheese stick {or even cottage cheese} with a few slices of pepperoni. My daughter likes it all.

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2. Fruits and Veggies –always and forever more will I pack my kids lunches with fruits and vegetables! They used to resist them, but when they realized they weren’t going away anytime soon, they started to eat them.

Brooke’s favorites include: baby carrots, celery, cucumber, mandarin oranges, fruit cups, strawberries and watermelon.

Blake’s favorites include: blueberries, cucumber, raspberries, bananas, unsweetened applesauce and oranges.

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3. Dairy — I always try to include a little something to their lunches that will add more protein and calcium to their diets. Typically this is a Chobani Kids’ Greek Yogurt Tube or Pouch. I’ve been buying Chobani since Brooke was an only child because their yogurt is packed with protein, has 25% less sugar than leading kids’ yogurts on the market and is made with all natural ingredients.

Since I became a member of the Chobani Family Club at the beginning of the year, our fridge has been consistently stocked. I love having this as a healthy option for my kids’ lunches, whether they’re eating at school or at home.

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Eddie has started eating yogurt too! These Chobani Tots Pouches are specially designed for little ones ages 6-24 months. These have 12-mg of Omega 3 DHA, which is perfect for growing minds!

4. Water — I always always always send Brooke to school with a water bottle. Her school actually encourages every student to have a water bottle at their desks, so she drinks quite a bit of water at school. Sometimes if there are real fruit juice boxes on sale, I’ll grab a few of those too, but generally, it’s just water.

5. A Small Treat — Since I develop recipes for a living, I typically have treats around the house. So, if I happen to have something available, I’ll add in a homemade cookie, a small brownie or just a small piece of candy with a note to make her smile.

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Blake’s first day of preschool!

So, that’s the formula I use for a well balanced lunch for my kiddos. What do you pack for your kids? Leave me a comment below; I’d love to hear!

Chobani is taking the guess work out of finding good for you snacks to replace the ones that are so easy to grab and go. Check out this “Sub It Out” fact sheet with a few ideas for a new school year.

If you can’t find Chobani Kids and Chobani Tots products, check out this product locator–it should point you in the right direction!

Have a great day, friends!

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6 Responses
  1. Karen

    Those lunches look awesome. My son used to take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and my daughter loved my homemade hummus and pita bread…. That was easy too and a long time ago…. I used to dislike packing all of our lunches ( mine too) but did it the night before after I cleaned up the kitchen from dinner!

  2. Catherine

    Just wanted to say I’ve been following your blog for awhile and absolutely love it! You’ve given me so many recipes and helped me with dinner and dessert so many times so thank you! Also, just curious, have you ever considered homeschooling? You just seem like you’d be great at it and like it would fit your family really well. Just curious about your thoughts on that. Thanks for inspiring and encouraging me when it’s time for dinner!! Catherine in Kansas ( long time reader, first time commenter)

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