It’s halfway through the school year and plenty of parents are finding themselves in a school-lunch rut. If you’re nodding your head, or just want to make your kids’ lunchbox a little healthier, you’ll want to check out Rock the Lunchbox, a new resource for parents that provides lots of healthy school lunch inspiration you can put into action right now.
Brought to you by four brands beloved by parents–Annie’s, Applegate, Honest Kids, and Rudi’s Organic Bakery–Rock the Lunchbox features more than 300 simple ideas, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There are also video tips, plus printable coupons to help you save a little money, too.
Here, just a sampling of the smart, healthy lunch box ideas you’ll find on the site:
DIY Open “Face” Sandwich
Give your kids different veggies and their favorite spread and let them make a smiley face with their lunch. Who said playing with food was a bad thing? Just so long as they have time to eat it, afterwards.
Kids’ Build-Your-Own Sandwich Kit
The busy mom of two sets of twins and food blogger behind What Lisa Cooks shared her own ideas on Rock the Lunchbox including this fun, build-your-own sandwich kit. Try a mix of fruit, cheese, meats, and spreads; substitute crackers for bread to change things up; and use silicone muffin cups to keep everything separated in a bento-style lunchbox.
Packing Leftovers for Lunch
You can create your own lunch box mini pizzas made with tortillas for crust, and baked in a muffin tin. Or use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of last night’s leftover pizza slices for a fun midday treat. Everything always seems to go down a little more easily for kids when it’s in a cute shape.
PB and J Sushi
Instead of a plain old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, turn it into “sushi” by rolling it in a tortilla and slicing into small rolls. You can even pack a pair of kid-friendly chopsticks. Of course if your school has a no-nut policy, try sun butter or another viable alternative instead.
This post was brought to you by RocktheLunchbox.com, which provides lunchbox inspiration and helps parents make healthier food choices for kids that are still easy. If you’ve got healthy ideas of your own, or gave one of the Rock the Lunchbox suggestions a try, share your photos. It may be featured on their site to help other parents in need of helpful suggestions.