School’s been in session for about 60 days and those school lunches are so yesterday… It’s time for some new options and combinations! Here are a few ideas to help my fellow lunch-makers freshen things up! 

My kids have been into hummus lately, which is a great savory option. My daughter likes to dip carrots and the boys like pretzels. The tortillas in this pic are string cheese rollups! Don’t forget to add a drop or two of lemon juice to your apple slices to keep them looking fresh! Of course I’m thrilled that this one will egg hardboiled eggs!

The sandwich pictured here was either sunflower butter and jelly or turkey with mayo. My kids tend to be fine with both of those options, which is fine with me! You can buy cubed cheese at any super market or just add a stick of cheese in that compartment. The cucs are those cute mini cucumbers also called Persian cucumbers. The seeds in these are not as big as conventional cucumbers.

Somewhere along my search for fun lunch options I stumbled upon waffle sandwiches. My kids love waffles and this one is a sunflower butter and strawberry jelly sandwich. I include hardboiled eggs to get a does of some protein. And of course, don’t forget the dessert! Our whole family is obsessed with Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate non-pareils. The ones at Jewel-Osco are excellent, too! Those can be found in the produce department.

Occasionally my kids get on a pickle spree so that’s the perfect change-up in their lunches! Wheat thin crackers have been a constant in our family since I was a wee lassie. My fav is cream cheese and wheat thin sandwiches, to give you another idea! For a “healthy” dessert option we all love those yogurt-covered and chocolate-covered raisins. I’m not sure why I included an extra chocolate dessert that day, I guess I was feeling nice 🙂

Hey, those pickles again! The sandwich is turkey with mustard. Grapes are another constant in our family but I’m still cutting them up for my ten-year-old! Worry much? Feeling nice again with that extra dessert, must have been a good week!

We went apple picking this past October and we’re making great progress in that supply by including apples every day in every lunch! Here are those Persian cucumbers again, smattered in a low-fat ranch dressing, which is the only way I can get my oldest to eat a vegetable. Relate? The bento box lids have performed well and are tight enough to keep sauces contained in their rightful section. The tortilla rollups pictured here contain one slice of turkey and a stick of cheese. And I added a hard boiled egg.

I hope these snapshots have been helpful in providing a few ideas that maybe you haven’t tried yet. I can’t guarantee that your kids will love all of it but I’m pretty sure this post has made you hungry! Oh! The bento boxes pictured above are Bentgo brand – click here for the link to the ones we bought on Amazon for $9.99 each. Good luck!

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