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A Week of Easy Lunchbox Menus

A Week of Easy Lunchbox Menus

It can be tough to think up fresh school lunch ideas day in and day out, especially given the fact that lunch-making duties often occur in the early, groggy hours of the morning. To help simplify the process, we asked our top Foodie Mom bloggers for easy, healthy lunch ideas and have put together lunchbox menus for an entire school week. Bon appetit!

Monday: Bento Box or Snack Lunch

Kids love lunches with small portions of many items. Among the healthy lunchbox ideas of Marina Delio of Yummy Mummy is this selection of bento box fillings:

  • Peanut butter or hummus with "dippers" (apples, carrots, celery, bell pepper, crackers, etc.)
  • Boiled egg
  • Cherry tomatoes, snap peas or any other favorite fruit and veggies

Pam of For the Love of Cooking also praises "snack" lunches and offers the following easy-to-assemble menu:

  • Cheese slices
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Grape tomatoes and carrot sticks
  • Strawberry slices and a few raspberries
  • Pretzels
  • Small treat for dessert

Tuesday: One-Color Lunch

Perhaps not surprisingly, one-color lunches are a smash hit with kids. They're also quite easy to think up, says Janelle of Talk of Tomatoes: "You'd be surprised how many great, one-colored lunches/ideas you can come up with." Bonus: Colorful foods are generally healthy fruits and veggies. Test drive the one-color lunch option with these all-orange lunch options:

  • Orange crackers with orange cheddar cheese
  • Orange bell pepper or carrot slices
  • Apricot yogurt or dried apricots
  • Orange juice and orange slices
  • Kumquats
  • BBQ Kettle chips (baked!)

Wednesday: Deluxe Bagel Lunch

A whole-wheat bagel forms the base of this well-balanced lunch. As Susan of Our Family Eats describes her menu: "It covers protein, whole grains, calcium, and fruit with a nice balance of sweet and savory. Plus the bagel adds a little variety from plain bread."

  • Whole wheat bagel with sun butter (like peanut butter, but made from sunflower seeds), and raisins sprinkled on top
  • Organic string cheese
  • Pineapple chunks

Thursday: Leftover Chicken Lunch

Wondering what to do with the leftover chicken from dinner last night? Whip up this leftovers lunch menu from Janice and Liz of Meal Makeover Moms Kitchen:

  • Fruity chicken kebabs, made of chicken chunks, grapes, and strawberries
  • Whole wheat mini bagel with cheese
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Juice box or low-fat fruit smoothie

Friday: PB&J Lunch

It's finally Friday! You survived the week and we've saved the easiest school lunch menus for today, both of which are built around the classic lunchtime staple: PB&J!

The first traditionalist menu comes from Jana Brown of Cornaby's:

  • Smooth peanut butter and low-sugar jam sandwich
  • Cheese sticks
  • Fresh fruit

Janine W. of Eat Something Else! Encouraging the Resistant Eater suggests an alternative PB&J menu, swapping the cheese and fruit for plenty of veggies and a little bit of dessert.

  • Nut butter and jelly on whole grain bread
  • Tomato soup
  • Broccoli florets
  • Baby carrots
  • A small treat, like one square of dark chocolate

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