Healthy To-Go Lunches for Little Ones (And 5 Places We Take Them Other Than School)

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Occasionally, I’ll get a compliment about how well my kids behave during church. (I also, occasionally, sprint out of the building like it’s on fire, because I’m embarrassed/because it’s been the longest hour of my life.)

When I do get the compliments, though, I always have the same reply… “It’s the lunches…it’s all the lunches!”

I’ve also gotten quite a few orders for these puppies from adults…And, let’s be honest, I’ll sneak a few fistfuls of raisins myself every once in a while… :)

Here are a few snapshots of our to-go lunches.

I love these lunchboxes by Bento. I ordered a batch a few years ago, and the lids wouldn’t close, but the most recent ones we ordered are perfect. (Actually…my sister ordered them. Thanks, Jenny!)

I never thought I’d be one of those moms who photograph lunches they make…But sometimes, they look so darn cute, I can’t resist. :)

lunches 1

#1:

  • Sunbutter and honey sandwich on wheat bread
  • Banana
  • Cheerios, raisins, and Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • Fruit Salad (peaches, cantelope, and grapes)
  • Wheat Crackers

lunch 2

#2

  • Sunbutter and fruit-juice sweetened jelly spread on wheat bread
  • Banana
  • Plain corn chips (not exactly “healthy,” but at least they only have three ingredients…)
  • Hummus and tomato halves
  • Berry Salad
  • YumEarth Organic Lollipops (I know, I know; it’s sugar…but nothing like a lollipop to keep a kid quiet for at least 2.5  minutes, right?)

lunch 3

#3

  • Nitrate-free ham slices
  • Banana
  • Wheat Crackers
  • Trader Joe’s Apple Sticks
  • Hummus
  • Fruit Salad (peach, plum, and grapes)

Oh, the places we go with these lunches!

My kids are 150% more well-behaved when they are a) occupied and b) full. So am I, come to think of it. Anyway, here’s where we bring these guys:

  • Doctor’s offices (I disinfect the chair, the floor, the walls…just about everything first.)
  • The Beach  – Use the handy trick of baby powder to clean sand off their hands first, and just make them stay seated while eating it. A few of our favorite beach snacks: Applesauce pouches, crackers, raisins, granola bars, carrot sticks, and rolled nitrate-free lunchmeat.
  • Church – My kids sit with me in the service usually. They know they don’t get their snack until after the singing and readings, when the sermon starts.
  • Parks – bring a blanket to sit on, and some wipes to get rid of those icky park germs!
  • The pool – Sometimes I feel like the pool tables are really gross, so I like to throw in these durable placemats my sister-in-law gifted us with!
  • The car – Even if they’re not eating a “meal” in the car, I pack the lunchbox full of healthy snack items. They love it!

What other healthy items do you pack in your kids’ lunches? Bonus points if it’s allergy-friendly!

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  1. I LOVE snacks for on the go! We eat a large amount of fresh foods, so *most* of them are fairly allergy friendly. Dried sulfate free apricots, homemade raw applesauce (in those refillable squeeze pouches would be awesome- Soon!), medjool dates, snap peas, smoked salmon wrapped zucchini sticks (if you slightly warm the zucchini sticks they become a lovely taste & texture), date & nut (or seed) balls, melon, veggies & white bean dip, guacamole and organic blue corn chips, Sunbutter ants on a log…and of course a couple Juice Plus+ gummies for good measure :D

  2. Whole grain tortilla with sunbutter and thinly sliced banana (rolled up & cut into pinwheels)

  3. These are great ideas! I would love for you to share this at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/07/what-i-am-eating-38.html

  4. Beautiful blog you have. Found you via MBM tonight. Love the sunbutter and honey idea. I need to put Sunbutter back in our rotation as I know I cannot send PB&J’s to school. Well that, and it’s delicious. Happy to have found your blog and look forward to reading along.

  5. These are great! I make my kids Muffin Tin Meals and we have a couple containers similar to yours but made by Gerber. I do some of the same type of foods. Always some fruit and/or veggies. My kids love if I cut up meat and cheese and stack them on “fancy” toothpicks, too.

    Thanks for linking up at the Mommy Brain Mixer!
    Beth

  6. thanks for the great ideas! I linked to you in my post on “Tips for Packing Better School Lunches” on Creative Green Living (http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/08/tips-for-packing-better-school-lunches.html)

  7. I love that you included pictures. thanks for the great ideas! I linked to you in my post on “Tips for Packing Better School Lunches” on Creative Green Living (http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/08/tips-for-packing-better-school-lunches.html)

  8. I also make Sunbutter and whole wheat cracker sandwiches, or whole wheat cracker and Tofutti cream cheese cracker sandwiches with fruit. Pumpkin and So Delicious Coconut yogurt muffins are my boys favorite. Love the idea of throwing in a few Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips with my son’s Cheerios. Looking forward to getting more allergy free lunch ideas :)

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