The beginning of the school year brings a mix of emotions for a child—from excitement about new teachers and friends to anticipation of homework and bigger challenges. For the back-to-school season, we’ve teamed up with Bebe and Bear to share ideas on how to fill your little one’s lunch box with a balance of nutrition and inspiration to get their year off to a strong start.
THREE LUNCHES FOR WEEK ONE
Hi there! My name is Jane and I’m the creator of Bebe and Bear, where I offer recipes for simple, kid-friendly snacks and meals! I believe that healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be super easy, fun, and accessible for everyone. Here I will show you three tasty lunches to help you begin your lunch box packing for the school year ahead. And when you tuck in a pop-open card from Compendium’s cute, motivational ThoughtFulls for Kids, you can give your kids an extra-special midday boost!
- Make good use of leftovers.
- Think in compartments: protein, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, etc.
- Use cute bento box containers and shaped cutters for a personal touch!
Veggie Pineapple Fried Brown Rice
Includes a card from You’re Amazing ThoughtFulls for Kids: You’re wonderful, exactly as you are.
We all know that school can sometimes be challenging, no matter what age. So it’s nice to be able to offer a little reminder to always be yourself. Because our kids should know that they are absolutely wonderful exactly as they are!
In this lunch box, I packed a main dish of veggie pineapple fried brown rice. I used frozen mixed vegetables and tossed in some fresh broccoli and pineapple for an extra kick. To round out the meal, I added some blackberries, green grapes, strawberries, and some pretzels on the side!
Turkey Spinach Pinwheel Bites
Includes a card from You Can Do It ThoughtFulls for Kids: Your superpowers are ready to be used.
Everyone knows spinach gives you superpowers, am I right? These turkey spinach pinwheel bites are just the right size to give your little one strength for the day. To make: spread a thin layer of cream cheese on a whole-wheat tortilla wrap; add a layer of roasted turkey and spinach; fold in the sides of the tortilla, and roll it tight. Next, take a sharp knife and slice the roll into one-inch pieces. Alongside these bites, I packed some baby carrots and celery slices with a side of tzatziki dip. And I finished the box with a sweet treat of raspberries and blackberries.
Sunflower Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Sandwich with Macaroni Salad
Includes a card from I Love You ThoughtFulls for Kids: I love you forever and ever, no matter what.
Even though I tell my daughter I love her on a daily basis, it’s nice to send her to school with a midday love note from Mom! And a heart-shaped lunch too!
For this lunch, we’re making PB&J a new way! I packed a sunflower butter and strawberry chia jam sandwich on toasted whole wheat bread with the crusts cut off. I used a small heart-shaped cutter to create a special bread topper. I also used the same cutter to make playful watermelon bites, and finished the lunch with some leftover veggie macaroni salad.
I hope these ideas help you to create some inspiring and healthy lunch boxes of your own. Have fun!