Mama Recharged Lunchbox Favourites

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This month in the Mama Recharged Membership is all about healthy lunches! Our main focus is on kids heading back to school but you’ll also find these tips and ideas helpful if have toddlers at home or for lunch ideas for yourself! Scroll down to find some of my favourite lunchbox recipes (additional members-only recipes can be found here).

HEALTHY (SCHOOL SAFE) SNACK RECIPES

see below images for the list of recipe links

popcorn with sea salt and butter (brown bag method)

sweet and salty popcorn

slow cooker energy bars (nut free)

kid friendly energy bites

healthy muffins

lemon poppyseed muffins

lemon raspberry coconut muffins

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Dessert Hummus

Plantain Chips

Brownie Batter Protein Balls

sweet and crunchy roasted chickpeas

healthy cookies

chocolate avocado pudding

carrot cake chia pudding (minus walnuts for nut free)

blueberry chia parfait

raspberry chia breakfast parfait (minus almonds for nut free)

blueberry beet chia pudding

apple cinnamon overnight oats

slow cooker apple sauce

warm apples with cinnamon

homemade smoothie (in a mini thermos and include a straw)

strawberry banana smoothie 

key lime mousse

grapes

pineapple

banana

melon

kiwi

apple slices (with lemon juice to keep from browning)

watermelon

blueberries

strawberries

apricots

chocolate stuffed raspberries

fruit salad

raw veggies (carrot, celery, snap peas, peppers, cucumber)

celery with sunflower seed butter

hummus dippers

dried fruit (dates, prunes, mango, raisins, dried cranberries)

trail mix (rice cakes, popcorn, dried fruit, seeds, dark chocolate chips, nuts – if allowed)

endurance crackers

homemade nacho cheese “doritos”

gingerbread brownies

guacamole (with brown rice chips or veggies or crackers)

Boiled eggs

 

QUICK & SIMPLE STORE BOUGHT SNACKS

unsweetened apple sauce cups

rice cakes (with cheese, deli meat, avocado or hummus

Made Good Granola bars (or other ‘clean’ bar)

crackers (mary’s organic if my fav)

store bought fruit cups (in water not juice)

store bought fruit pouches

yogurt (dairy or non dairy) look for higher fat and lower sugar

pickles or pickled carrots

Cheese sticks, cubes or sliced cheese (skip the “cheese slices”)

mini raisin packs

seaweed snacks (I get mine from costco)

Are you on the hunt for the perfect lunchbox for your children? I am! I did my research so I thought I’d share that with you.

 

KID-FRIENDLY LUNCH IDEAS

(THAT AREN’T JUST SANDWICHES)

Some of my favourite kid-friendly lunches are using a bento box style lunch box and filling it with lots of variety. I like to pick and choose between some of the snack ideas above and lunch ideas below, always trying to include some sort of vegetable with lunch (usually raw veggies)

 

Supper leftovers (easiest lunch but not always most kid friendly)

Banana oatmeal pancake sticks with maple syrup dip

French toast sticks with maple syrup dip

apple cinnamon overnight oats

Pita pizzas (you might have better luck adding veg to the pizza if you have your kids choose what veg and help in making it. These can be made ahead and frozen).

Bento box style lunch including crackers, or pita chips or plantain chips along with protien of choice (chicken, deli meat, boiled egg) and raw veggies, cheese. Optional extras – hummus, guacamole, homemade nutella

Annie’s Mac n Cheese or Mac n Cheese Bites 

Plantain Chips

sweet and crunchy roasted chickpeas

raw veggies (carrot, celery, snap peas, peppers, cucumber)

celery with sunflower seed butter

hummus dippers

endurance crackers

guacamole (with brown rice chips or veggies or crackers)

Boiled eggs


FAVOURITE LUNCHBOXES

Are you on the hunt for the perfect lunchbox for your children? I am! I did my research so I thought I’d share that with you.

Planetbox Rover

Pro:

  • my favourite lunchbox!
  • will last you years (might be the only lunch box you’ll need)
  • small compartments are great for variety and visually appealing
  • seals well (however liquids could transfer from compartments if tossed around)

 

Con:

  • expensive!!
  • liquids could transfer from compartments if tossed around
  • freezer pack and lunch bag is sold separately (and is expensive)

PlanetBox Rover – purchase here or here.

Bentgo Lunchbox

Pro:

  • leak proof. Even liquids won’t transfer between compartments
  • cheaper than most other bento boxes
  • comes in different colours
  • great size and nice compartment sizes

Con:

  • it’s plastic (ideally I prefer to use stainless steel)
  • more expensive than walmart lunch kits
  • possibly not as long lasting and as durable as stainless steel

Bentgo Lunchbox

Go Green Lunchbox

Pro:

  • seals well – food will not transfer between compartments
  • can add on a lunch bag and water bottle for extra $
  • cheaper than planet box
  • comes in different colours

 

Con:

  • large (great for picnics, for the beach and road trips but could be too large for child’s back pack)
  • it’s plastic (ideally I prefer to use stainless steel)
  • a bit expensive, especially when you bundle the lunch bag
  • not as long lasting and as durable as stainless steel

Go Green Lunchbox

LunchBots

Pro:

  • will last you years (might be the only lunch box you’ll need)
  • small compartments are great for variety and visually appealing
  • seals well (however liquids could transfer from compartments if tossed around)

Con:

  • expensive!
  • liquids could transfer from compartments if tossed around
  • doesn’t come with a freezer pack or lunch bag

Lunchbots

Rubbermaid Lunchblox

Pro:

  • It’s cheap!
  • It can be found at Walmart (and likely many other retailers)
  • comes with freezer packs that snap in place.

 

Con:

  • it’s plastic (ideally I prefer to use stainless steel)
  • It’s not one solid bento box style
  • not as long lasting as stainless steel

 

Rubbermaid Lunchblox Entre Kit

Rubbermaid Lunchblox Kids


LUNCHBOX TIPS AND TRICKS

Turn any container into a bento box style kit by using silicone liners.

Save your apple sauce cups or fruit cups and use them as a dip, cracker or topping holder with a wide mouth mason jar -however glass is likely not the best idea to send to school 😉 Find some great ideas here using the jar/cup combo.

Create snack stations and lunchbox stations in your pantry and fridge

 


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Check out one of our membership video’s from this month and get more lunchbox ideas. *all recipes are found in the Mama Recharged Membership.

 


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