photo courtesy of Bon Appetit

Welcome back from Spring break! Are you feeling uninspired about what to pack your kids for lunch? The routine of packing school lunches can get monotonous and sometimes I wonder if anything I pack will even get eaten. To give you some inspiration I thought I would share my top super healthy and easy school lunch ideas. Meal prepping is key to packing a kid-finicky free lunch. Ideally your school lunch should incorporate:

1 serving of protein– lentils, chickpeas, tempeh, hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken or organic beef.

1-2 servings of carbohydrates– sweet potatoes, quinoa, wild rice, gluten free pasta, fruit or peas.

1-2 servings of healthy fats– nuts, seeds, avocado or hemp seeds.

Unlimited veggies– any and all veggies can be included either steamed or raw.

Lunch Inspo #1

  • Avocado and cucumber sushi roll
  • Berries
  • Veggie sticks and hummus
  • Baked chickpeas
  • Apricot, coconut and chocolate bliss balls
  • Coconut water

Baked Chickpeas
recipe from Minimalist Baker

 

Apricot, Coconut and Chocolate Bliss Ball
recipe from Amanda’s Wholesome Kitchen

chocolate bliss balls

  • 2 cups preservative free dried apricots
  • ½cup preservative free desiccated coconut, plus a little extra for rolling
  • ¼cup raw cacao powder
  • ½cup gluten free rolled oats
  • ½cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

Instructions

  1.  Soak the apricots in hot water for 15 minutes (this will help soften the apricots and make them easier to process) and then drain them.
  2.  Add all ingredients to a food processor and blitz for a a few minutes until the mixture comes together.
  3.  Sprinkle a little extra desiccated coconut on a plate and then, using wet hands, shape the mixture into small balls (I use about 2 tablespoons of the mixture per bliss ball) and roll them through the coconut to coat them.
  4. Store the bliss balls in the fridge or freezer.

Makes approx. 24 bliss balls.

Lunch Inspo #2

  • Quinoa (meal prepped over the weekend) with grilled chicken, avocado, roasted veggies and drizzled with sesame tahini.
  • Veggie sticks with almond butter (Justin’s travel packs).
  • Fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and apple.
  • Homemade trail mix with sprouted almonds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, cashews, brazil nuts and cacao nibs.
  • Water

Lunch Inspo #3

  • Gluten free pasta with butter and left over grilled beef
  • Grapes
  • Mary’s gone crackers and almond butter (Justin’s travel packs)
  • Veggie Juice: carrot/ginger/celery or kale/spinach/celery/cucumber/mint/apple
  • Sugarless Gummies

Lunch Inspo #4 

I am all about reducing waste and recycling so here are my top favorite bento boxes, which are compartmentalized Japanese lunch boxes that you can use for your school lunches. The best portable bento container is airtight, with a rubber gasket that is leak-resistant, and easy to wash.

  1. Takenaka Bento Box

    Stylish, affordable, easy to clean. I can’t imagine a person not wanting to buy this bento box.

  2.  Spencer Bento Box

    Bento boxes have even infiltrated Pottery Barn — these compartmentalized versions are like the plastic lunch boxes you toted as a child, only with sensible portion separators.

  3. Eco Lunch BoxECOlunchbox Three-in-One Container is a three-piece nesting lunch box set. This BPS free bento container makes it easy to pack a variety of foods and keep them all separate – and safe from squishing!

 

Tell me what your favorite school lunch is in the comments below. I would love to hear!

 

Sending love and light!