School lunches- supplies and ideas!!

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I’m such a food geek that I am actually excited to pack lunches. And my guys get breakfast at their pre-K also, so I get to pack that also!! Woohoo! I’m serious – I love this stuff. I also love buying little contraptions to hold all their delicious goodies in.

lunchstuff (1 of 1)This is my newly organized packing lunch cabinet. The only items missing are lunch bottles – stainless steel – and lunch boxes (Darth Vadar and Spiderman from Pottery Barn Kids).

Some of these containers are from the past year, a handful are new from Pottery Barn Kids. Here are links for everything pictured:

Easy Lunch Boxes: http://www.amazon.com/EasyLunchboxes-3-compartment-Containers-BPA-Free-Easy-Open/dp/B004UIRUJ2/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1377798350&sr=8-7&keywords=lock+and+lock

We don’t use the lunch box it comes in that often, but the containers are super handy:http://www.amazon.com/Rectangular-Black-Containers-Locking-1-4-Cup/dp/B00729O17K/ref=sr_1_6?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1377798429&sr=1-6&keywords=lock+and+lock

LunchBots: http://www.amazon.com/LunchBots-Clicks-Proof-Stainless-Containers/dp/B008AYXR5I/ref=sr_1_9?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1377798556&sr=1-9&keywords=lunch+bots

Kids Konserve Nesting Leak Proof : http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Konserve-Stainless-Containers-Leak-Proof/dp/B005F0NRZA/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1377798622&sr=1-2&keywords=kids+konserve+stainless+steel+containers

Silicone Muffin Cups: http://www.amazon.com/Casabella-53055-Standard-Muffin-Cups/dp/B0032AM7OW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1377798703&sr=1-2&keywords=wexy+bags

Wexy Monster Bags: http://www.amazon.com/Lunch-Munch-Snack-Boxes-3pack/dp/B0072MUD9M/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1377798748&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=wexy+bags

Klean Kanteen (not pictured): http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/super-hero-klean-kanteen-bts2011/?pkey=cshop-all-food-storage&

Utensil Carrying Case: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/spencer-utensils/?pkey=cshop-all-food-storage&

Container with built in dip compartment: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/spencer-chip-dip-containers/?pkey=cshop-all-food-storage&

Clear Food Storage (this includes dip container above and other size pieces): http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/acrylic-food-storage/?pkey=cshop-all-food-storage&

Reusable Snack Bags: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/darth-vader-reusable-snack-bags/?pkey=cshop-all-food-storage&

Cold packs (not pictured): http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/character-cold-packs-2013/?pkey=cshop-all-food-storage&

I also pack lunch for my husband on a fairly irregular basis (yes that is what I meant – trying to get more consistent!), and use some of these containers plus another larger lock and lock which I can’t find online anymore.

I have discovered a good habit to establish is to just pack a lunch for both the baby (ok, 2 yr old…) who will be home with me and myself, so when the older kids are at school and we are on the go, we have healthy food with us also. I love putting salads in the Easy Lunchboxes for myself. Even if I am going to be home. Can throw together 2 or 3 of them at once.

I only packed lunches for 3x/week preschool this past year. Moving to 5 days plus a breakfast component is making me plan more. I have been making batches of homemade waffles and muffins and freezing them. On the weekends I cut up vegetables and prepare fruit if needed. At the same time I cook up some grains – brown rice, quinoa – portion into ziploc and either freeze or into fridge.

We have done a bunch of day trips lately and I have packed a few lunches that have gone over very well and perhaps can give you some ideas:

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Cheddar and American on Farmer Market bread. Crudite. Yogurt with homemade granola on top.

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Kind bar, Kashi Multigrain Crackers, Cheese Sticks, Watermelon, Greek yogurt with strawberry jam mixed in, monster bag of granola

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Biscoff Spread and Cherry Jam on Farmer Market Bread, Kashi crackers and cheese, raisins, walnuts, pears

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whole grain wrap, cheese, scrambled eggs, ketchup

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the scrambled egg wrap, lettuce leaves with cream cheese and carrots, organic peanut butter puffs, organic raspberries

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Will enjoying his wrap at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

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