The Lunch Box Cheat Sheet
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School lunch cheat sheet

First day of school: Prosciutto and mozzarella sticks, sauteed vegetables, fruit cut up into adorable little animal shapes, and homemade yogurt smoothie.  Plus a cute little note and/or artwork to let them know just how much you care.

By mid-October: PB&J and string cheese.  And a napkin.  If they’re lucky.

Amirite?

Lucky for you, we’ve pulled together a lunch box cheat sheet to pull you out of your mid-school year doldrums.  Organized by food group, it will not only remind you to pack a balanced lunch each morning, and will hopefully also give you some ideas for injecting some new foods into your repertoire.  Consult it for inspiration before your weekly grocery store run.  It is equally valid for babies eating finger foods, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age kids.  Click for a printable version that you can hang up on your fridge.  Enjoy!

Lunch ideas PRINTABLE

A few quick pics for inspiration below.  We’re no professional food bloggers (or photographers), but you’ll get the idea. 🙂

Also check out our recent blog post on preschooler lunch gear (including the bento stuff used to make some of the animal shapes shown below).

Tortilla, ham, and Babybel cheese roll-up; cheddar pigs; roasted corn nuts; strawberries; and cucumber slices
Tortilla, ham, and Babybel cheese roll-up; cheddar pigs; roasted corn nuts; strawberries; and cucumber slices
Salami, cheese, and crackers; mandarin orange wedges; sunflower seeds; and edamame
Salami, cheese, and crackers; mandarin orange wedges; sunflower seeds; and edamame
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Tula salad animal pouch sandwich, cucumber pigs, pear cubes, beet chunks
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Meat & cheese sandwich on pita bread, cheese dolphins, cucumber penguins, grapes
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Monkey sunflower butter & jam pouch sandwich, corn, string cheese coins, strawberry chunks
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Graham cracker dippers with cream cheese & applesauce dip, salami & cheese pigs, grapes, red bell peppers
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Ham and cheese pig on grains w/ veggies, cheese mini-pigs, raspberries
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The best way to get your customer interested in whatever you’re serving for lunch: take him or her along to the store!