Our Favorite Lunchbox Ideas and Must Haves
If you are like the majority of moms, you find it challenging to achieve the balance between healthy, tasty and what our kids will actually eat when it comes to packed lunches. Some children have issues with textures, others with taste, then there are kids who are picky about how their food looks. Today we have put together a few lunchbox ideas that incorporate all three issues while still exposing them to different smells, tastes and textures and keeping their lunch fun, themed and healthy.
Before we dive into lunch ideas, let’s go over our favorite lunchbox must haves.
After trying out and researching numerous brands of lunchboxes, we can confidently say that PlanetBox takes the prize. If you’re looking for a safe, eco-friendly and easy way to pack your kids’ lunches, there is nothing that beats these stainless steel, multi-compartment, customizable containers. PlanetBox is dishwasher safe, completely non-toxic, encourages portion control and healthy eating. You can purchase fun magnets to customize your lunchbox or keep it simple in a cloth bag.
Rover Lunchbox, the largest of the lineup is perfect size for school lunches and offers 5 compartments with 2 dippers and even has a designated space for a little treat, like those delicious Pepperidge Farm Goldfish® Graham crackers.
Staying Clean and Germ Free
This often forgotten aspect of packing lunches is indeed very important when it comes to school situations. Instead of relying on your child to make sure his or her hands are washed before lunch (because admit it: it’s a battle to get them cleaned up before dinner even at home), make it easy for them to stay clean and germ free, and convenient for yourself, whenever you are out with your child: Pack the Wet Ones Singles. Wet Ones Singles are perfect for children on the go as they come in individually packed pocket sized sets and remove dirt, as well as kill 99.99% of bacteria.
Wipes Travel Case
If your child tends to be messy, don’t forget to include a cute Ubermom wipes case. Put your favorite Wet Ones in it for major messes, include the Wet Ones Singles for lunch time in the lunchbox case pocket and your kiddo will be all set. And let’s admit it, the Ubermom wipes boxes are so cute, they just beg to be carried around and opened. Grab yourself a cute design too while you’re at it.
A little treat
Every kid needs a treat, the key is to give just enough to let their taste buds enjoy the flavor but not so much that they start craving sugary foods and fill up on them. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Graham crackers are perfect for the job due to their size and moderate sweetness. They don’t overload with taste, fit perfectly into a small lunchbox compartment and can be portion adjusted to appropriate sizes for your personal food beliefs and needs of your kids.
Lots of Healthy and Nutritious Foods
OCEAN THEMED LUNCHBOX
Delight your kids with these ocean-caught and ocean themed foods.
Wild Caught Salmon – Amazingly nutritious and filled with brain growing Omega-3s, wild caught salmon is one of the best foods you could be giving your child and coincidentally the one fish most kids will actually eat. Unlike farmed Atlantic salmon, that is filled with PCBs and lacks the good fats, wild salmon is a “lean mean child brain growing machine”
Seaweed Snacks – Our kids love these. Seaweed sheets by GimMe that are so tasty when children first try them, they literally start speed-stuffing their faces after a few seconds of hesitation. It’s hilarious and surprising to watch. Seaweed has the highest density of vitamins and minerals of any vegetable on the planet, so hey, this might just be THE ONLY vegetable your kid will need to eat.
Blueberries – Blueberries tossed in the lunchbox make for a perfect ocean to complete the theme. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, blueberries are considered to be one of the top 10 superfoods.
Goldfish Crackers – Add a small serving of crackers for an extra carb serving and as a treat.
SUPERHERO HEALTHY LUNCHBOX
We call it superhero because if your kids eat like this everyday, they will be the healthiest and strongest superhero known to mankind (or at least that is what you’ll tell them).
Sprouted Bread with Tomato and Avocado – Sprouted bread is well known for its increased digestibility, absorption of minerals, antioxidants and increased vitamins C and B; a much healthier alternative to white or whole grain bread. Avocado is high in healthy fats (77% calories in it are from fat), contains more potassium than bananas, is loaded with fiber and even helps you absorb nutrients from other plant foods. Combined with a tomato slice in this veggie sandwich, it represents a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals while tasting fresh and light.
Raspberries – Another antioxidant superhero that is a must for every lunchbox.
Carrots and Broccoli – What kid doesn’t like carrots and broccoli, the two most common vegetables that kids will actually eat. Steam the broccoli lightly with some paprika seasoning for those picky veggie eaters and let them munch on raw crunchy baby carrots.
Black Beans– To add some protein value to the meal, consider black beans. Black beans are packed with fiber and protein, rich with vitamins, minerals and high levels of flavonoids which have antioxidant abilities.
Protein Punch Lunchbox
Egg – Packed with nutrients and an important source of protein, eggs have been getting a bad rep for years. In reality, however, eggs are a food that are perfectly nutritionally since they contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.
Quinoa with beans, tomatoes and kale – Nutritional powerhouse with this awesome blend of super-grain, super-legume and super-vegetables.
Nuts, Raisins and Goldfish Crackers – This amazing snack that is easy to pack and take with you will be your kids’ favorite. It is regarded as a treat by kids, due to the sweetness raisins provide, while supplying necessary minerals and proteins to our bodies and still giving them something they enjoy eating.
Cooked Shrimp – Low in calories, high in protein and nutrients, shrimp is made almost entirely of protein and water and supercharged with B12 and selenium. You can use whole shrimp or cut them up in small pieces for easy handling for picky eaters.
And there you have it: fun, healthy and some unconventional lunches and lunch must-haves for kids. Just don’t forget to pack the Wet Ones!
This is a sponsored conversation written by Daily Mom on behalf of Wet Ones®. The opinions and text are all of Daily Mom.
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