Can you believe that it is “Back-to-School” time already!! Many Tucson kids started back last week. For those of you that have school-age kids you are likely thinking about what to pack for lunch to ensure that your child is well-fed, energetic, happy and healthy. Adult or child, who doesn’t want to be well-fed, energetic, happy and healthy??
Bento boxes are a fun way to provide balanced, easy to pack meals for your child. And for yourself. If you aren’t already packing a well-balanced lunch for yourself, now is the time to start this healthy habit.
My favorite resource for bento box lunch boxes and TONS of meal ideas is Laptops Lunches. I couldn’t help borrowing their homepage graphic, which is above. Their image gives you a great look at the process of packing a healthy, well-balanced lunch. Laptop Lunches has a variety of different lunch containers for kids and adults that are portable and easy to use.
Laptop Lunches’ bento boxes are also good for you and the environment. The boxes are free of all the most common chemicals found in lunch boxes, which are phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), PVC, and lead.
It’s also amazing how deep Laptop Lunches’ menu database is. They have a HUGE list of beautifully pictured bento boxes to choose from. They even break it down by season. I highly encourage you to check it out, whether or not you are using a bento box, feeding yourself or feeding your kids. You will find tons of creative ideas for (mostly) healthy lunches in their searchable recipe database.
Here are some of my own ideas for a Lunch Kit:
- Mediterranean: Hummus, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, 100% whole wheat pita triangles or Mary’s Gone crackers (gluten free), olives and feta cheese
- Whole Grain Pasta Dippers: 100% whole grain pasta spirals, organic tomato sauce, pesto, low fat chicken sausage and mixed greens with vinaigrette
- Fruit Platter: apple sticks, strawberries, pear sticks, plain yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon, walnuts, a Better Cereal
- Cracker Sandwiches: 100% whole grain crackers, nitrate-free deli turkey, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, smashed avocado mixed with salsa
- Taco Rolls: 100% whole wheat tortilla or corn tortilla (cut into long strips to roll up), fat free or vegetarian refried beans, smashed avocado mixed with salsa, shredded cabbage and cilantro, shredded cheese
- Mixed up PB and J–Check out my KVOA segment
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