For many parents, including myself, school lunches can be a little daunting--what to pack each day, deciding between a warm lunch or cold, not wanting to spend too much money if it's going to come back uneaten, etc. Today, I've partnered with modern kids online shop Ziraffe who sent over some of the cutest lunch and snack packs from Fluf. They are washable, have a water-resistant BPA-free lining, durable, super cute, and made of organic cotton. I've paired them with our favorite lunch box to show you some lunch ideas that work for both Lucas and Theo.
Theo's nut-free preschool lunch in the Cactus Zipper Lunch Bag (left):
- pomegranate seeds
- cucumber slices
- apple slices
- brown rice cake
- mandarin orange slices
- yogurt covered pretzel (dessert)
note: I usually include a protein such as string cheese or a sun butter sandwich but his class was having rice and beans that day so I omitted it.
Lucas' first grade lunch in the Grey Zipper Lunch Bag (right):
- string cheese
- peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- sliced apples
- organic dark chocolate coconut chips (WF bulk bin!)
A few other school lunch tips:
- Either make the lunch with your kid or ask them what they'd like in their lunch
- Give them a choice (i.e. do you want pears or apples? a sandwich or a quesadilla?)
- Pack the night before--for apple slices, cut them in the morning and have one of the kids rub lemon on them to prevent from turning brown
- For kids who hate bread crust, I do one of two things: I either leave it on because sometimes my kids are so hungry they eat the whole thing, or I cut off the crust and put it in the actual sandwich (they can't see it or taste it, but they're eating it!)
I bought most of these from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. The cost for each lunch comes out to under $4 and all of it minus the olives and pretzel is organic.
I supplemented their lunch with some snacks. These Fluf snack packs are so convenient for school or just everyday use. I love the velcro closure for little hands and how roomy they are. I put cut-up carrots and gluten-free pretzels in the Fluf Mama Love Snack Pack for Theo. Lucas has raw almonds and cut-up carrots in his Hi Snack Pack.
The lunch bags hold a lot (probably even artwork and jacket!).
I love that there's a sturdy interior pocket for a water bottle or an ice pack.
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