Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Themed School Lunch #6

For this school lunch of my daughter's I wanted to include lots of fall themed details, and they were mostly all edible details! Plus a cute little "mummy loves you!" note with a jack-o-lantern sticker on it. If you're interested in the details for this lunch look below! 


Included in this lunch:
- Pumpkin Sandwich (recipe below)
- Jack-o-lantern Mandarin Oranges (recipe below)
- Trader Joe's Halloween Joe Joe's Cookies
- Trader Joe's pumpkin yogurt, with some chocolate sprinkles on top

Pumpkin Sandwich:
Ingredients:
- Bread of your choosing
- Sandwich fillings of your choosing, pumpkin butter would be a particularly fun and theme fitting choice for this sandwich
- A pumpkin cutter
- An orange food safe marker

Step 1: Lightly toast your bread to get it ready to work with. Just a very light toasting is good! It helps when using spreads and when working with cutters.

Step 2: Assemble your sandwich however you would like with whatever fillings you've chosen.

Step 3: Use your pumpkin cutter to create a pumpkin shape.

Step 4: Use your orange food safe marker to give your pumpkin an outline and some detailing on it. The color didn't show up too great in the picture, but you get the idea!

Jack-o-lantern Mandarin Oranges:
Ingredients:
- Mandarin oranges
- A black food safe marker

Step 1: All you need to do for these little cuties is grab the oranges and the marker and draw a cute little jack-o-lantern face on them.

Hope you're inspired to create a fun fall themed lunch now for your kiddo with some of these ideas! For more fall lunch inspiration click here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Frozen Yogurt

If your little one likes yogurt then odds are they will love this fun frozen yogurt idea, perfect for Halloween!
 All you need to recreate this is at home is a silicone ice cube tray mold of your choosing and some yogurt. You simply put the yogurt into the molds, cover them with cling wrap and put them in the freezer for several hours. I was going for a Halloween theme so I used one tray that had spiders and spider webs on it, which you can find here. For that I used some berry flavored yogurt so they turned out pink. For the pumpkins and vampire fangs I used two different ice cube tray molds, you can find the pumpkin one here. I used pumpkin yogurt for that which was perfect for the slight orange color, and for the taste to match the shape! My daughter wanted me to make some fangs too, so I also used a silicone ice cube tray like this one to make some with the pumpkin yogurt as well. 

These are always a big hit for my daughter, and our Halloween party crowds. There's many other color/flavor and shape options that we've done. We'll be doing some different ones for our party this weekend that I will be posting so be looking for that! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Themed School Lunch #5

Here's another simple lunch idea that's easy to put together, tasty, nutritious, cute and fall themed! For more details on this lunch look below, and for my previous school lunch posts click here


Included in this lunch was:
- 2 pumpkin muffins, wrapped in bat liners and with jack-o-lantern picks stuck in them for Halloween cuteness!
- An orange reusable baking liner filled up with Imo's cheese. The orange pop of color adds to the fall/Halloween theme in a really nice, simple way!
- An apple that she picked herself (can't get much more fall than that!)
- Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice
- I also threw in a Cascadian Farms Organic granola bar in case my daughter wanted anything else
- For some extra cuteness, to make reading fun, and to make her smile I added in a "mommy loves you!" note with a jack-o-lantern drawn on it.

Fall Themed School Lunch #4

This lunch was one of those throw it together in a few minutes before you run out the door lunches, but it still qualifies as a simple, cute, and healthy fall themed school lunch. The use of simple seasonal food items, and cute holiday food picks can make any lunch festive. 


In this lunch I packed:
- Pumpkin muffins, with some jack-o-lantern food picks stuck in, and wrapped in liners that had bats on them (making it Halloweeny)
- A banana
- Some grapes with a happy little jack-o-lantern food pick
- Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice

This lunch took just minutes to put together (having made the muffins ahead of time, of course). You can make your own pumpkin muffins from scratch, or use a boxed mix. I used the Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread/Muffins mix. They always turn out delicious! Everything else I added was to make sure my little one had enough to eat, and felt festive and excited for Halloween while she was eating! Details as simple as patterned liners and food picks can make all the difference when trying to prepare a themed lunch, and they take just seconds to add!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Themed School Lunch #3

For a lot of my Fall themed lunches this month I'm trying to make them look Halloweeny. For this one I found a spooky idea on Pinterest and used it, with a few of my own ideas as well. For more details look below, and to view my other Fall themed lunches click here.


In this lunch I packed:
- sandwich squares, made Halloweeny with some jack-o-lantern food picks.
- a little container of mandarin oranges, which I tried to draw a jack-o-lantern face on but my marker wouldn't work because they had been in the fridge. So if you're wanting to put a spooky face on your mandarin oranges, leave them out of the fridge.
- Used Band Aids, the idea I got from Pinterest. I used honey graham crackers, Trader Joe's whipped cream cheese, and some strawberry jam to make them.
- A few Trader Joe's pumpkin spice cookies
- A package of pita bite crackers and hummus
- Some Trader Joe's Orange Peach Mango juice in a little container with a skeleton straw to go with it

Sandwich Squares:
Ingredients:
- Bread
- Your sandwich fillers (use whatever your kiddo likes, I used SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread
- A FunBites cutter, you can purchase one here

Step 1: Lightly toast your bread (or not, but it's what I like to do when I'm working with spreads and cutters)
Step 2: Assemble the sandwich with whatever you've chosen
Step 3: Use your FunBites cutter and you'll have some perfect little squares in no time!
Step 4: Stick the squares on some jack-o-lantern food picks, or other Halloween food picks for added cuteness and holiday fun!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Themed School Lunch #2

As I mentioned in my last school lunch post I plan on posting Fall themed lunches for the season. I talked about ways that you can make a lunch fall themed with the use of cutters, food picks, and seasonal items. You can view all of my fall themed school lunches here. For this lunch I packed a simple lunch, with a seasonal food item, some jack-o-lantern food picks, and other orange details. Nothing too extravagant but still cute for fall, tasty and healthy! For details look below!


Included in this lunch is:
- honey goat cheese, in an orange reusable baking cup with jack-o-lantern food picks stuck in
- a brown sugar cinnamon mini bagel, with some pumpkin cream cheese in an orange dip container, along with a child-safe knife for spreading
- pretzel sticks
- a banana apple sauce pouch

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall Themed School Lunch

We are so excited that it's Fall! There's so many fun things to do with Fall themed lunches. There's lots of ways to make a Fall themed lunch due to the fact that there are holidays to celebrate, seasonal foods, changing colors, and all sorts of fun things going on. Think of those things as you make your kiddos lunch and you'll be sure to find inspiration! For extra inspiration to help you along the way I'm going to be posting the Fall themed lunches I'll be making! Here's the first one! 


In this lunch I packed:
- A ghost sandwich (recipe below)
- Pretzel sticks
- Monster Mandarins (recipe below)
- Black Forest Little Monsters fruit snacks
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (recipe below)
- A note, to encourage those developing reading skills and put a smile on my girls face. Using black or orange paper in October is a great idea to keep with the theme. I'm sure you could also find little note paper shaped like pumpkins, leafs, cats, etc. for added cuteness. I chose to call my little pumpkin in the note by drawing a pumpkin. These little details add to the Fall theme.
- To add to the Fall theme: a jack-o-lantern straw, and a jack-o-lantern fork. Luckily I had these items on hand, but they can be found at Target if you don't.
- Cloth napkin and ice packs of course. I just used ones we always use, as we don't have themed ones. I'm sure they exist though if you're interested. I've been thinking about ordering a set of holiday themed cloth napkins so we'll always have one for the holidays.

Ghost Sandwich:
Ingredients: 

- Bread
- Sandwich fillings (I used SunButter and a chocolate hazelnut spread
- A ghost shaped cutter
- A black food safe marker

Assemble your sandwich however you normally would, and use the cutter to produce a ghost shape. Once you've got that use the black food safe marker to draw on a little ghost face. Boo!

Monster Mandarins:
Ingredients:
- Mandarin oranges
- Eye food picks, which you can find here

This is a great example of how it can be super easy to make lunch adorable. I try to keep most things simple like this so they can be done by busy parents like myself. All you need to do to make Monster Mandarins is put some mandarin oranges into a container and then stick in some of the eye food picks. Viola!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:
Ingredients:
- Pumpkin puree
- Almond milk (or whatever kind of milk you'd prefer)
- Pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 a banana

Add all the above ingredients into a blender and blend it up until you have a yummy smoothie. Adding more milk or more banana as needed to adjust the thickness. I didn't measure the amount of pumpkin puree I used, or how much milk I used. I just added in what I thought I would need to make enough for my daughter's smoothie and have some left over as well, so it'll vary for everyone. Just do what you feel and you'll have a delicious seasonal drink in the lunch box in no time. I added in a jack-o-lantern straw to really up the cuteness and stick to the theme.

Get ready for lots of super cute, healthy, and fun Fall themed school lunches!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Star Student Lunch

I wanted to make my daughter a special lunch when she earned the honor of being Star Student of the Week. So I packed a star shaped sandwich, some yogurt with sprinkles, mandarin oranges, a pack of Annie's Organic fruit snacks, a string cheese, and an Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice.


Super simple to make! I just put everything in the appropriate cute little containers. To make the sandwich I just assembled a sandwich how I normally would and then used a star shaped cookie cutter. To view my previous school lunch posts click here.

Kindergarten School Lunch #14

I mention FunBite cutters a lot in my school lunch posts, but I normally use the one that makes sandwich squares. For this school lunch I used the one that makes sandwich triangles! You can purchase one here


Isn't this lunch super cute? I just love it! I included sandwich triangles, cut up strawberries, Trader Joe's Organic Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers, and a Trader Joe's Organic Yogurt Squisher.

To make this lunch super cute I used the methods I usually do, cute food containers and accessories! Such an easy way to make lunch fun and cute without having to put in a ton of effort. I put the strawberries in heart shaped reusable baking cups. I also put in an owl patterned cloth napkin, with an owl fork to match.

Kindergarten School Lunch #13

This school lunch couldn't have been more simple, but it's still cute! Sometimes you can be in an extra hurry, like I was the morning I made this, and still make it a lunch that will put a smile on your kiddos face with the help of a simple sandwich cutter. 


Packed in this lunch:
- Elephant sandwiches (make a sandwich how you normally would, and then use a cute sandwich cutter to spruce it up a bit) You can find the elephant cutters in a 3 pack here.
- Some cut up strawberries
- A cheese stick
- Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice pouch
- A cloth napkin with a cute design (another way to add cuteness to a lunch, and it's practical, as well as good for the environment)

To view more of my school lunch posts click here.

Kindergarten School Lunch #12

Do your kiddos have a favorite character? If so, sometimes you can get lucky and find a sandwich cutter of that character. I found a Minnie Mouse one and used it for this lunch, making it super cute! For more details on this lunch keep on scrolling and for my previous lunch posts click here.


If you're looking for a character sandwich cutter try typing in the character you would like to find on Amazon, or looking at a store like Jo-Ann Fabrics. I found this Minnie Mouse one randomly at a grocery store, but I think you'd have better luck finding more varieties at those other stores.

Packed in this lunch was:
- A Minnie Mouse sandwich (just go ahead and make a sandwich however you normally would, and use whatever character cutter your kiddo would most like to see in their lunch)
- Some cut up strawberries, with a little monkey food pick stuck in them for added cuteness
- Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice pouch
- A reusable baking cup filled with some cut up grapes and another cute little monkey food pick. Adding things to the lunch like colorful reusable baking cups, and animal food picks are simple, quick ways to add cuteness.
- Some Trader Joe's Organic Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers

Kindergarten School Lunch #11

For this school lunch I combined several of my daughters delicious and nutritious favorites. Super simple to make, and fun to eat! Look below for more details on this lunch, and click here to view my previous school lunches. 

As I said I packed delicious and nutritious favorites. Those were sandwich squares, cut up fruit (kiwis and strawberries), a cheese stick, and an Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice.

Sandwich Squares:
Ingredients:
- bread
- your sandwich fillers (I often use SunButter and some kind of jam or other spread along with it, you can use whatever stuff your kiddo likes)
- a FunBites cutter, you can purchase one here

Step 1: Lightly toast your bread (or not, but it's what I like to do when I'm working with spreads and cutters)
Step 2: Assemble the sandwich with whatever you've chosen.
Step 3: Use your FunBites cutter and you'll have some super cute little squares in no time.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #10

This lunch includes a way to give your kiddo a kiss in the middle of their school day. So sweet and cute! Not to mention that it's tasty and healthy! For more details look below, and for my previous school lunch posts click here.  


 Packed in this lunch is:
- A lips shaped sandwich (the kiss!)
- Some mandarin oranges
- Some Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds
- A Honest Kid's Organic Appley Ever After juice pouch
- of course a note from me, a cloth napkin, a fork, and the ice packs to keep the food cold as well

For the Kiss Sandwich:
- Assemble a sandwich however your kiddo likes
- Use a lip shaped cookie cutter (you can usually find these in packs of Valentine's Day cookie cutters), but I'm sure you could find one online as well
- Use a pink food marker to trace around the lips shape, and add a line in the middle to divide them


Kindergarten School Lunch #9

For this school lunch I made Sandwich Squares, and Honey Goat Cheese & Strawberry Skewers. I also packed some Trader Joe's Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers and hummus for dipping. 


For the Sandwich Square Skewers:
1. Grab your sandwich fixings and assemble it! So for me, I get some honey wheat bread, SunButter and Super Fruit Jam. I lightly toast the bread and then assemble the sandwich.
2. Once you've got it all made and ready, use a FunBites sandwich cutter that makes bite sized square pieces, you can get one here.
3. Next grab some food picks and add sandwich squares onto them. I fit three per food pick. And viola you're done and lunch is super fun to eat for your kiddo!

For the Honey Goat Cheese & Strawberry Skewers:
1. Gather up the ingredients, there's just two: honey goat cheese, and strawberries!
2. Cut both the honey goat cheese and the strawberries into small enough pieces. You want them bite-sized, but not too small either.
3. Slide the pieces onto your skewers in an alternating order. I went strawberry, honey goat cheese, strawberry for each one this time.


Kindergarten School Lunch #8

This school lunch is so fun! It's super cute, and packs in lots of tasty nutrients. If you'd like more details on how to recreate this lunch scroll down. To view my other school lunch ideas click here

As you can see I packed a puzzle shaped sandwich, some trail mix, fruit and an apple juice.

For the sandwich all you need to do is assemble a sandwich the way you typically would for your kiddos lunch. I like to use SunButter and Super Fruit Jam for a lot of sandwiches. Once you've got your sandwich made all you need to do is use one of these sandwich cutters to make the puzzle shape.

As for the trail mix and fruit you could replace them with any sides your kiddo likes of course. Or use any type of fruit or any type of trail mix. I used strawberries and blueberries for the fruit, and I used cashews, peanuts, raisins, and chocolates for the trail mix. 

To drink I put in a Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice pouch. 


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #7

Here's a fun lunch that includes sandwich squares, crackers, hummus, oranges, and a juice. For more details keep on scrolling, and for my previous school lunch posts click here. 


I've probably given the recipe for Sandwich Squares quite a few times now, haha! But it's such a favorite for my daughter. She always finishes her whole sandwich when I serve it in this way. 

Sandwich Squares:
Step 1: Gather your sandwich ingredients and assemble the sandwich according to how your little one likes it. I lightly toasted some Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread, then I put SunButter on both slices and then some chocolate hazelnut spread on as well. Then of course I put the slices of bread together.
Step 2: Once you've got your sandwich made, use a FunBites sandwich cutter to make it into little squares.
Step 3: Put the Sandwich Squares onto some food picks, 3 fit on each. You could also toss the little squares into a reusable baking cup or something if you don't have any food picks. They are still fun to eat regardless of how they are served, I'm just always looking for simple ways to up the cute factor.

In this lunch I also packed a couple of little oranges, and some Trader Joe's Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers with some hummus in a little dip container. To drink I packed an Honest Kid's Organic Appley Ever After juice pouch. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #6

This lunch was super easy and quick to throw together but still cute, delicious and nutritious. For details just keep on scrolling, and for my previous school lunch posts click here.


 In this lunch there is:
- A puzzle sandwich. Simple to put together, you just need to put together a regular sandwich and then use this cutter to make the puzzle shapes. I used SunButter and Super Fruit Jam on Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread.
- Mandarin Oranges with little eye food picks in them. I like to call them Monster Mandarins. You can find some eye food picks here. I put them in a little rectangle reusable baking mold.
- A cheese stick
- A Trader Joe's Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

Solar Eclipse School Lunch

I wanted to make a really fun lunch for my daughter for the solar eclipse day, but this lunch is adorable for any day. It's sure to add some sunshine to your little ones day. You can find details on this lunch below and my previous school lunch posts here.

In this lunch I packed:
- Trader Joe's Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers
- Sunshine shaped Colby Jack cheese slices. I made several of these with the Pop Chef and the sunshine attachment. I put these in there for my daughter to top the crackers with
- Sunshine shaped sandwiches. For these I started by making a regular sandwich, with SunButter and Super Fruit Jam and then cutting it into sunshine shapes with the Pop Chef and sunshine attachment. Once I had those I used a yellow food marker to outline the shapes and put a smiley face on them all.
- Some cut up kiwi
- A little orange
- For a drink: Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice pouch


I also added in a little note that said "You are my sunshine" and was sunshine shaped!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #5

For this lunch I made some skewers. My daughter loves eating off of food picks, and the honey goat cheese & strawberry skewers have been one of her favorites for years. Sandwich squares skewered onto food picks is such a fun way to serve a sandwich as well, so I went ahead and did both for this lunch. It'll definitely be a big hit with my daughter!  I also added a drink, and another side. You can view details below and my previous school lunch posts here


For the Sandwich Square Skewers:
1. Grab your sandwich fixings and assemble it! So for me, I get some honey wheat bread, SunButter and Super Fruit Jam. I lightly toast the bread and then assemble the sandwich.
2. Once you've got it all made and ready, use a FunBites sandwich cutter that makes bite sized square pieces, you can get one here.
3. Next grab some food picks and add sandwich squares onto them. I fit three per food pick. And viola you're done and lunch is super fun to eat for your kiddo!

For the Honey Goat Cheese & Strawberry Skewers:
1. Gather up the ingredients, there's just two: honey goat cheese, and strawberries!
2. Cut both the honey goat cheese and the strawberries into small enough pieces. You want them bite-sized, but not too small either.
3. Slide the pieces onto your skewers in an alternating order. I went strawberry, honey goat cheese, strawberry for each one this time.

As you can tell these things both don't take too long to make, and make wonderful school lunch. Fun to eat, cute, tasty and healthy! Perfect! To drink I packed an Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice, and a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies. And as usual, I packed a note to make my daughter smile and enhance her reading skills.

Here it is all packed up!

Kindergarten School Lunch #4

For this lunch I made some cute little penguin shaped sandwiches, and packed along a yogurt smoothie and some yummy/healthy sides. Details below, previous lunches here.


For the sandwiches I just took a couple of pieces of bread, lightly toasted them, and spread on the fillings (SunButter, and Super Fruit Jam). You can assemble the sandwich however you would like, with whatever kind of bread and fillings your child enjoys. The final step is what makes it cute, and can be done no matter how you make the sandwich. I used a sandwich cutter that makes the sandwich into two penguins, you can find one here.

For the drink I put in a Trader Joe's Organic Yogurt Strawberry Smoothie. For the sides I put in some raspberries and some Trader Joe's Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers along with a little dip container filled with hummus.


Here's everything all packaged up, along with my little note! I highly encourage adding a note to your child's lunch box to make them smile and to enhance their reading skills. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #3

For this lunch I made a couple of fun shaped sandwiches, paired them with some nutrient packed sides, and an Honest Kid's Organic Appley Ever After juice. For details look below, and for my previous school lunch posts look here.



For the sandwiches:
1. Grab the bread and fillings you would like to use for your kiddos sandwich
2. Lightly toast the slices of bread, that way they'll be a bit easier to work with spreads and cutters (I only do this when I'm using spreads, not when I'm making a sandwich with cheese/meats)
3. Spread on your sandwich fillings/assemble the sandwich
4. Use a sandwich cutter to make the shape you desire, I made a couple of elephants using this one

For the fruit salad:
1. Grab some fruits your kiddo likes. I used strawberries and kiwis, but the options for this are endless, and you can use much more than just two fruits. You could add: grapes, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, etc. Sprinkling some wheat germ on fruit also gives it an added nutritional boost, so feel free to do that if your little one likes it. We ran out and I need to get some more, my daughter has always especially liked it on peaches!
2. Slice/dice them up into appropriate sized pieces
3. Put them all in a container together and mix them up a bit

For the avocado I just cut some of one up that I was eating in the morning and added it in the lunch box. See, I told you I like to keep it simple! Then for the drink as I said I added in a pouch of apple juice, Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After.

A big part of how I make my lunches so cute for my daughter are the products that I use to package them. Containers with smiling animal faces on them, cute food picks, cloth napkins with favorite characters, fun utensils, etc. So I always give a picture of the lunch with the lids off, and the lids on. I also always pack a note in my daughter's lunch box, helping her practice her reading skills in a fun way and giving her a little message to make her day at the same time. Sometimes those aren't pictured because I put them in the top pocket with the ice packs, but don't forget it's a great idea to do!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Before School Breakfast #1 w/ Jelly Toast Squares

As you may already know I post lots of healthy school lunch ideas, which you can view here, but I'm also a big proponent of providing kids with nutritious and delicious breakfasts before they head off to their busy school days. So, I'm going to also be posting some ideas for that as well, in addition to posting school lunches! 

Here's #1: Cheesy scrambled eggs, jelly toast squares, and slices of avocado and banana. 


So, making this was pretty quick and easy, which of course is important for busy parents in the mornings. I just scrambled some eggs with some cheese (made enough for me to have some as well!), and sliced up a banana and an avocado and gave her some of each. For the funnest and yummiest part I decided to make some cute little Jelly Toast Squares. You can make these by toasting a piece of bread, then putting some butter and jelly or jam on it, and using a FunBites sandwich cutter. Pretty simple to put together, yet it packs in so many good nutrients!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #2



For this lunch I packed:
- sandwich squares on heart food picks. I made a sandwich with SunButter and Marionberry jam, then I used this cutter to produce the little squares and then put three each on cute little heart food picks.
- grapes in a reusable baking liner, I love using these in bento boxes to put fruit or veggies in for added cuteness. You can find some here.
- an organic apple juice
- a container of pretzels & hummus

I also packed a little heart shaped love note and some ice packs to keep the food cold.

Kindergarten School Lunch #1

School is back in session, so I'm back with lots of lunch inspo for ya! I try to make lunches that are fun and will make my little one smile during the day when she opens her lunch box. I also try to keep them healthy, with food to fuel her up for her day. And most importantly for a lot of busy moms out there, I try to keep them relatively simple to put together. Sometimes I'll do something that I prep the night before, but mostly I use a lot of sandwich cutters, and food picks to quickly add cuteness.


For this lunch I packed:
- a sandwich container with a sandwich cut into puzzle pieces. You can make a sandwich like this using this cutter. Of course make the sandwich with whatever your child likes/is allowed at their school. I used Sunbutter, and some Marionberry jam.
- watermelon, cut up into pieces
- an Uncle Matt's organic orange juice
- a simple salad (just lettuce and cheese) in one container, and some dressing (raspberry vinaigrette) for it in separate dip/dressing container. I like using the dip/dressing container with dressings for a couple reasons. For one that way the lettuce isn't just sitting with the dressing on it for hours getting soggy, and for two it gives my little girl some responsibility and fun putting her dressing on.

I also packed a cloth napkin, it's a good touch for in case they need to wipe their little fingers or mouths. It's a bonus if it's in a cute pattern or has a favorite character on it. Also packed a fork, ice packs to keep the food cold, and a little note from me to make her smile. With young kids it's great to give them something they can read or recognize most of the words in, the more practice the better and the message will make them happy!


As you can see I also like to use cute containers!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Penguin Sandwich & Pudding School Lunch

This school lunch, like the others I have posted, is simple to make, sure to bring a smile to your child's face, and also nutritious. 


For this lunch I used a penguin sandwich cutter from Munchkin to create two penguin shaped sandwiches. When I make a sandwich that I'm going to be using spreads on, and/or a cutter I lightly toast the bread as the first step. Having it a little warm makes it easier to put on the spreads, and having it a lightly toasted makes it easier to work with the cutter. Once that's done I just assemble the sandwich as I normally would, putting SunButter on both pieces of bread, and some chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle. After that's all done I use the cutter and viola two adorable penguin sandwiches.

You can't just pack a sandwich though, you've gotta add some tasty and nutritious sides as well. I added some cut up peaches, with a cute zebra food pick stuck in the middle. I also packed a Zen Chocolate Almond Pudding cup, and a Slim Snack with Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies inside, my daughter's favorite addition to her lunch!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mac n Cheese & Sandwich Bites School Lunch

If you follow my school lunch posts, then you probably know how big of a hit sandwich bites, or sandwich squares are with my daughter. I pack them quite often, they are just perfect and bite sized, and I actually feel like kids are more likely to finish a sandwich when it's cut in this way. I use a FunBites cutter to make them.


So, in the thermos there was some Annie's Organic mac and ceese, then I packed the sandwich bites on heart food picks, and some strawberries. For the sandwich bites just pick whatever kind of bread and spreads you like, and assemble the sandwich, use the FunBites cutter and then slide the pieces onto food picks.

Spring School Lunch

I love how bright and sunny this lunch looks! Totally reminds me of Spring with the sun on the raisin box, and the yellow food picks with little chicks on them. Too cute, and sure to brighten up a child's day when they open up their lunch box. 


In the lunch I packed:
- sandwich squares on the cute chick food picks. I make these on Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread, lightly toasted, with some SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread on it
- Earthbound Farm Organic Raisins
- Pears
- Trader Joe's Kettle Corn

All in her Bentology bento box.

Princess School Lunch


To make my daughter feel like a little princess I made her a lunch that had some princess aspects. A cute princess cloth napkin, and castle shaped sandwiches with little princess flags sticking out from the top. 

Aside from the princess castle sandwiches I packed:
- strawberry and honey goat cheese skewers, you just put pieces of them on to a food pick in an alternating pattern like you're making a kabob
- peaches, with some cute animal food picks stuck in
- a Slim Snack with Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunny Crackers
- a pack of Shopkins fruit snacks

 

Picnic School Lunch

This lunch would make the perfect picnic lunch, it's got everything it needs to be delicious and nutritious! The fun cloth napkins also help to add to the picnic look. 


As you can see in this lunch there was:
- strawberries
- a puzzle sandwich, which I made with Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread that I had lightly toasted, SunButter, chocolate hazelnut spread, and a munchkin puzzle sandwich cutter
- a Babybel cheese
- a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunny Crackers

Jimmy John's School Lunch

One day I packed my daughter a Jimmy John's sandwich in her lunch box, along with a banana that I wrote a message on, and some honey graham crackers. Lunch doesn't always have to be homemade as long as it's still healthy, feel free to pack in some yummy restaurant leftovers. 


I used a food safe marker to write "I <3 U" on the banana. Perfect message for a young kiddo to be able to read, and make them smile.

Pizza & Sandwich Bento

This lunch combines two of my daughters favorites: sandwich squares, and little make your own mini pizzas. 

I used my daughter's Bentology bento box for this lunch, but I took out one of the sections and put a pack of Shopkins fruit snacks there instead for a surprise treat.

Make Your Own Mini Pizzas:
Ingredients:
- Crackers, my daughter likes Ritz crackers for the mini pizzas
- Pepperoni
- Cheese, we use Imo's cheese for this, it's tastier and easier to manage than shredded cheese
- You could also add a small little dip container of pizza sauce if that is something your child would like, my daughter doesn't like sauce for these mini pizzas

I packed the pepperoni and cheese in a little reusable baking cup, and the crackers on the side in one of the bento box sections.

In the other bento box sections I have sandwich squares, and some peaches with little giraffe food picks stuck in them for added cuteness.

Sandwich Squares:
Ingredients:
- Bread, I like to use Sara Lee Honey Wheat and I lightly toast it first to make it easier to work with
- Spreads, I use both SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread
- FunBites cutter  if you don't have one of these you can try and make your own squares using a knife

Friday, March 3, 2017

Owl Sandwich School Lunch

So I'll start off by saying I am not the most artistically talented, but I can still manage to make food fun  and at least slightly resemble what I'm going for, with the help of a few tools! For this lunch I wanted to make an owl sandwich for my little girl. I'll share the details below. I also had strawberries, blueberries, a Babybel cheese, and a bag of Annie's Organic Bernie's Farm Animal Cookies in the lunch box.



Owl Sandwich:

Ingredients:
- bread, I like to use Sara Lee Honey Wheat
- whatever spreads you would like, I used SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread
- a food marker

I like to lightly toast the bread when I'm going to be working with spreads, and it also makes it easier to cut the bread into different shapes. For this owl sandwich I just used a knife to cut out some of the top, to make a head and ears shape for the owl. Once I had the sandwich all assembled and cut, I used a green food marker to draw on eyes and a beak. Simple as that! Making lunch cute and fun doesn't have to be about creating a masterpiece in the lunch box, just about making something that you know will bring happiness to your little one! 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sandwich Bites Lunch

If you've seen my previous school lunch posts you know that I love sandwich bites or sandwich squares, whatever you wanna call them! They are easy to make, and fun for my little girl to eat. Kiddos, especially ones you may have a hard time getting to eat their lunch, are more likely to finish a sandwich this way. They will gobble up these cute little squares! I make the sandwich bites with my FunBites cutter.


Sandwich Bites:
Ingredients:
- Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread, lightly toasted. I always lightly toast the bread when I'm using spreads, or when I'm using a cutter. It just makes the bread easier to work with.
- SunButter (obviously you can use whatever sandwich fillings you would like, these are my daughters favorites and they are allowed at her school, so we use them often for school lunch).
- Chocolate hazelnut spread

Once you've got your bread lightly toasted and your spreads on, just go ahead and use the cutter and you'll have adorable little sandwich bites in no time. If you don't have a FunBites cutter you can use a knife and cut squares of your own.

For this lunch I also packed peaches, a Buddy Fruits apple blueberry pouch, and a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cute Animals School Lunch

I got these super cute new food picks of little animals, so I've been adding them in to my daughter's lunches for added cuteness! While still keeping the lunch simple to make, as well as healthy and fun to eat. 
Aren't they adorable?

So what I did for this lunch was:
- sandwich squares, put onto heart food picks. I made the sandwich squares with Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread, SunButter, and chocolate hazelnut spread. I always lightly toast the bread to make it easier to work with, and then I used a FunBites cutter to make the little square shapes
- blackberries and strawberries, with the cute little above mentioned animal food picks
- a few chocolate animal crackers as a treat
- a Zen Almond Milk Chocolate Pudding
- and a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies





Cupid Smores



 Doesn't that look like a delicious mess? And so much fun for Valentine's Day, or any other time. All you need is some graham crackers, pink and white marshmallows, and Hershey's chocolate bars.


We just stack them up, and then microwave them for about 10 seconds and then gobble them up! These are especially fun to make with the Ever After High Birthday Ball Cupid Doll by your side! Too cute.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day School Lunch

I wanted to pack my little Valentine a Valentine's themed lunch for school today. Here's what I put together, it could work for anytime, but it's perfect for Valentine's Day too!

So in this lunch I packed a sandwich shaped like a heart, a sandwich that said love, some blackberries, and some strawberries as you can see. What you can't see though is that I also packed a Zen Almond Milk Chocolate Pudding, and a bag of Pirate's Booty. I forgot to take a picture of the complete lunch box.

To make this lunch Valentine's themed I used the cutters I had shaped like a heart, and shaped like the word "love" Then I outlined both of the sandwich shapes in a food safe red marker. You can put whatever you would like on your sandwiches, I used SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread because that's my daughters favorite combo. To continue on with the Valentine's theme I got a reusable heart shaped baking cup and filled it with blackberries. For the strawberries I put some cute pink puppy food picks in them (puppy love is perfect for Valentine's Day).

You can make your own Valentine's Day or love themed lunch with other things as well, any red or pink fruits or veggies would work. You can put a note in the lunch box about how much you love your little one, etc.