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Monday, October 12, 2015

Mommy Monday: lunchbox menu inspiration

In a sandwich rut? Today's post should help! :)

I've actually been quite enjoying putting together my 3-year-old girls' lunchboxes since they started school about a month ago. It has been fun figuring out new combinations to create a balanced meal that the girls will be excited to eat! I know I've enjoyed seeing what other people pack in their kids' lunches, so I thought I would share pictures of some of the girls' lunches from the last couple of weeks.

The girls' school (like most in the US, I think) is nut-free, and of course I want the girls' lunches to be healthy. As a single mom with twin preschoolers, though, I also don't have a lot of time. I hope these pictures will give you some inspiration for new ideas of things to pack! I've listed the foods included below each photo. If you're interested, I also have a lumchbox planning cheat sheet available as a free download, and I created a lunch menu planning board for myself- I'll link both of those posts at the end of this one.

**Sorry the lighting is not great- remember I'm packing lunches at 5:30am while the girls are still sleeping, and I'm rushing to get ready for work, so.... yeah. ;) **

Crackers, cheese stick, baby carrots, pineapple, avocado, and hummus

Crackers, red bell pepper, baby carrots, pineapple, pickles, and tuna salad (tuna, mayo, shredded cheese, bacon bits, and parsley)

Cheese slices, pretzels, black beans, apples, peas, and sweet potato

Cinnamon rice crackers, blueberries, apple sauce, edamame, hummus, and green bell pepper

Hummus, pretzels, kiwi, chicken, BBQ sauce, and green bell pepper

Banana, Ritz crackers, spinach, raspberry salad dressing, egg salad (hard-boiled eggs, mayo, shredded cheese, bacon bits, and parsley), and strawberries

Biscuit, green bell pepper, hard-boiled egg, hummus, pineapple, and sweet potato

Spinach, pretzels, kiwi, raspberry salad dressing, chicken, and butternut squash (cooked with cinnamon and brown sugar)

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek inside my girls' lunchboxes :)

You can see the lunch menu planning board I made, with instructions on how to make one, in this post.

Download a free printable lunchbox menu planning cheat sheet in this post.

See all of my posts on packed lunches here.

What are your favorite foods to pack in your kids' lunches?


  1. All the schools we've been to in the UK are nut free as well. Your lunchboxes look amazing - mine never looked as good. Hopefully they come back empty :)

    1. They almost always do come back empty- one time they didn't eat hardly anything and I asked the girls what had happened, thinking somehow my lucky streak had ended. Nope. They had eaten lunch in the cafeteria for the first time and were both so distracted by the whole experience that they forgot to eat and ran out of time! They have been eating well again since then :)

  2. What great little lunchboxes!! They didn't have little compartments when I was a kid and, as a result, my sandwiches would end up getting squashed with everything else in the box!! LOL! Good to see that things have moved on :) Thanks so much for linking up with us on #TwinklyTuesday

    1. I know! I'm seriously considering getting something similar for my own lunches- it makes it so much easier to pack and come on, it just looks so pretty! :D Thanks for coming by and commenting :)