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Well-Balanced & Kid-Approved School Lunch Ideas

It’s that time of year again!


The kids are back at school, and you have to plan lunches every day.


While everyone loves the peanut butter and jelly sandwich or the turkey and cheese on wheat, my daughter refuses to eat anything on bread. This includes grilled cheese sandwiches… I know!


I came up with some different lunch food ideas that are healthy and approved by my daughter that she can enjoy every day.



To make lunchtime easier, I purchased this amazing Bento Box off Amazon called Bentgo Kids Brights Lunch Box. My four year old can open and close it on her own with some practice. I just put it in a cloth lunch bag with ice packs and she is good to go.


My favorite part about this lunch box is that it seals shut and keeps all the compartments separate. You can put liquids in the compartments, and it will not leak into the rest of your food.



When picking out foods, I try to hit every category so that she is getting a well-balanced meal. A bonus for her, I add a little dessert as well.


This includes:

- Protein

- Dairy

- Fruit

- Vegetable

- Carbohydrate

- Dessert


Before I put my lunches together, I made lists of different items I know my child would eat. I organized this by category and the day I am picking out her lunches, it makes it much easier to decide what to make for her.


Below are the lists of items I started with and I add items as I go.


Protein:

- Turkey

- Ham

- Chicken Nuggets

- Rotisserie Chicken


Dairy:

- Colby Jack Cheese Stick

- Provolone Cheese

- Mozzarella String Cheese

- Yogurt

- Pudding

- Smoothies


Fruit:

- Apples

- Banana

- Watermelon

- Grapes

- Blueberries

- Applesauce


Vegetables:

- Carrots

- Cherry Tomatoes

- Sweet Potato Fries

- Mashed Sweet Potatoes

- Pumpkin

- Broccoli Tots


Carbohydrate:

- Pasta

- Graham Crackers

- Goldfish

- Dry Cereal

- Muffins


Dessert:

- M&M’s

- Hershey Kiss

- 3 Musketeer

- Cookie

- Gelatin


I hope this list helps you come up with foods your children will eat and helps to create a more balanced meal for lunch time.


Check out a few of the lunches I have made in the past below!



Meal #1:

- Turkey

- Provolone Cheese

- Applesauce

- Sweet Potato Fries

- Graham Cracker

- Hershey Kiss


Meal #2:

- Chicken Nuggets

- Colby Jack Cheese Stick

- Watermelon

- Broccoli Tots

- Goldfish

- M&M’s


Meal #3:

- Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets

- Colby Jack Cheese Stick

- Applesauce

- Fried Zucchini

- Goldfish

- M&M’s


Meal #4:

- Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets

- Mozzarella String Cheese

- Grapes & Blueberries

- Pumpkin

- Graham Crackers

- Ranch Dressing

- Hershey Kiss


Meal #5:

- Rotisserie Chicken

- Provolone Cheese

- Banana

- Carrots

- French Fries

- 3 Musketeer


Meal #6:

- Ham

- Colby Jack Cheese Stick

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