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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lunch Box Special - Part II Sandwiches & Main Choices

Today was the day: The first day of Kindergarten however, it was only a half day so I only needed to pack a snack. The snack consisted of a container of water, organic purple grapes and some Annie's graham bunnies. This did get me thinking about the practice of packing snacks and a full lunch starting next week. So onto Sandwiches/Main Items ideas:

Breads and Alternatives (how about varying the types of breads you use**see video):

  • Multi-grains, seeded (flax etc) and whole wheat.
  • Pitas
  • Bagels. Better yet, mini-bagels.
  • Local Bakery: Local bakeries often make preservative free bread with all kinds of additions such as sun-dried tomato and garlic.

Sandwich Fillings (remember to use a cold pack when appropriate):

  • PB&J: How about trying almond or cashew butter (some schools do not even allow peanut butter)
  • Deli Meats: Ham, Turkey and Chicken are staples but look for no nitrate/ites added and preservative free. Pair with tomatoes, different lettuces and mustard.
  • Vegetables: Pack all their favorites together with a spread (hummus maybe)
  • Tuna or Salmon (with lemon juice and onion with just a touch of mayo.)
  • Steak sandwiches
  • Burger Patties: Hamburger, Turkey, Bison
  • Quesadillas
  • Tacos
  • Egg or Chicken Salad
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Pita chips with hearty dips
  • Quiches (a slice or make individual minis)
  • Alternative spreads: cream cheese, pesto, hummus, mashed avocado or bananas.
  • Leftovers from Dinner such as grilled chicken


  • Baked Chicken Tenders (send with mustard dip)
  • Salads (green leafy or pasta)
  • Cereal with a side of milk


  • Milk (Plain or Horizon Organics has vanilla, chocolate and strawberry varieties)
  • Juice (Dilute apple, white grape, orange juices)
  • Water. Do not feel guilty if you send you kids to school with milk and water. They do not need juice every day.


Kelsey B. said...

This is a post loaded with great ideas! I also like the idea of putting a bunch of veggies in a bag, then sending a "side" of dressing in a separate container. Then, at school, the kids can add the dressing to the bag and shake the bag to "toss" their salad!

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

Okay We so need some ideas here!

1) do you send chicken in lunchboxes and not worry about them??

2) mine get water nearly every day.. juice seems like sending them with sugar??

Tiffany said...

Great ideas! Ican't wait until I can pack lunches.. and I don't even have kids yet! Is that weird? lol

The Double Dipped Life said...

We started 1st grade this year, and so lunch boxes started as well. A great tip I read somewhere- and I use- is to freeze your water or juice bottles. Then, they act as an ice pack during the day, but thaw out enough by lunchtime to drink!

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