Elodie is back to school this coming monday. I have loved the last three weeks of slow mornings and holiday adventures but I can feel the need to get back into our daily rhythm. I've partnered with Rock the Lunch Box to try and get a jumpstart on the routine by planning the girls' lunches for the next few weeks.
As an added bonus, Rock the Lunch Box is giving away a Month of Lunches to five lucky winners - click here to learn more.
I like to give the girls a wide variety of healthy, whole foods that I can prepare in advance while also giving them a few items that they view as treats. The girls love to help pack their lunches and I know they are more likely to eat it if they have ownership in the process.
Elodie loves turkey or almond butter sandwiches cut into fun shapes while Francesca still loves to eat a deconstructed sandwich. I make sure they have fruits, nuts, and veggies but also like to throw in an Organic Honest Kids juice drink or some Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks or Organic Cheddar Bunnies with a cute note.
Here is what i am going to be giving them the next few months.
Monday: Hummus and Applegate Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Wrap on a Rudi's Multigrain Tortilla, cut carrots with dip made from veganaise (i like this recipe,) pomegranate seeds and tangerine segments, hazelnuts
Tuesday: Soba noodle salad with edamame, steamed cauliflower, orange segments, Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Wednesday: Brown rice pasta with pesto and mozzerella balls, melon slices, cucumbers, zucchini bread
Thursday: Applegate Turkey Rolls, pita wedges, chunks of feta, hummus, apple slices and Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
Friday: Hard boiled egg, Rudi's Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread, Avocado slices, pistachios and dried strawberries, gluten free pretzels
We don't have any specific dietary restrictions but a lot of my friends' children do. Head over to Rock the Lunch Box for more creative nut free, gluten free, or vegetarian inspiration (and do make sure to enter the Month of Lunches sweepstakes!)
And to make an even greater impact, Rock the Lunch Box is supporting FoodCorps, a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who help make lunch more fun and delicious for over 165,000 kids a year. Our 2015 contributions will help support FoodCorps' expansion into their newest state, New York, where service members will deliver FoodCorps' three-ingredients recipe for healthy kids.
This post brought to you in partnership with Rock the Lunch Box and Annie's, Applegate, Honest Juice, and Rudi's Organic Bakery - brands that I have purchased for years.