Live and Learn Lunchboxes

Packing Lunch: Don’t stress out!

For us, school starts on Monday, so it’s time to dust off the lunchboxes and start thinking about ways to keep the box full of healthy food all year.

I was surprised to learn in a recent UPI article that “Fifty-five percent of U.S. moms with school-age kids say they are stressed out by the idea of shopping for and packing school lunches…” (Read more) I actually love packing lunches, I love cute little lunchboxes, finding new things the kids love to eat, and packing fun surprises in there for them.  Don’t get me wrong, my kids aren’t always happy about what I pack, but I think they appreciate the effort. My daughter will say “mom, I didn’t really like that sandwich today, but I ate it anyway ” – hey, that works for me.

Some things that help me not get stressed out – cutting veggies ahead of time, planning a day ahead, making dinner with lunch in mind (roast chicken and set some aside just for sandwiches) and making sure I have the staples stocked in the fridge each week and saved especially for lunches.  I also require the kids to empty their boxes of trash each day after school and put their box into the dish washer – even my 4 year-old does this – this little task is actually very helpful to me.

Today’s box is a bread-free box!  So if you’re out of bread or just ready for a change, no problem, here’s an idea. This box is full of veggies, healthy fat (avocado), protein and sweet yummy fruit; and best of all it’s gluten free and allergy friendly. Here’s what’s inside:

Pitted cherries (I love my cherry pitter!), cucumbers, corn chips and guacamole (kid friendly version: avo, lemon, pinch of salt, pinch of garlic), pears from a friend’s tree, GoRaw pumpkin cookies,  and turkey and salami rollups.  I roll up cucumbers, red bell peppers, thinly sliced carrots and sprouts inside the best lunch meat I can find.  The kids ate every single crumb from this box.

The lunchbox: planet box

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    October 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Wow! What great ideas for a gluten free lunch! Thank You!
    I think my daughter may eat some of these items!
    I have a quick question, where did you get those GREAT metal lunch boxes?
    Thanks again!

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      October 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Hi Maria,
      Those are Planet Box. Love them, but made the mistake of getting my daughter the pink bag that comes with it. I will probably be getting my daughter a darker bag soon instead. It just gets too dirty. It washes up well, but the kids at her school store their lunches outside and it gets filthy in one day.

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    October 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Thank You Lisa!
    I assume you ordered them online? And if so, are they at ?

    I look forward to hearing from you again!


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    October 30, 2012 at 10:24 am


    I also was wondering if you could give me some tips on how you get your daughter to eat the gluten free lunches you make?
    Mine has a really hard time trying new things just because of the look, smell, or texture of them. So, as you can imagine, there are very few things she will eat.

    Any information you can gove me will be much appreciated!

    Thanks for this great site Lisa!


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