According to a new survey, 51 percent of parents say they struggle with variety and coming up with new ideas to make lunch healthy and tasty. To help parents with “better for you” lunchbox ideas that kids are excited to eat, five leading natural and organic brands have come together to create RocktheLunchbox.com – an online library with over 300 lunchbox ideas!
Other fun tidbits from the Rock the Lunchbox Survey:
- 72 percent of kids say it’s “cool” to have healthy food in their lunchboxes.
- 61 percent of kids prefer bringing lunch from home versus buying lunch at school.
- 53 percent of kids say the items in their lunch are the same every day
- 83 percent of parents say that it’s important to prepare their children’s lunch for school
- 95 percent of parents say it’s important to provide healthy options in their children’s lunches
Rock The Lunchbox Challenge
I was invited to participate in the Rock The Lunchbox Challenge and since I strongly believe in packing healthy lunches for my kiddos, I was happy to take part. I was asked to have my child draw her Dream Lunch and my challenge was to make it healthy. I was provided with a few lunchbox packing options and a few healthy options. The exact same package is being provided for giveaway below.
My daughter’s dream lunch was spaghetti and meatballs, bread, and a banana spilt. I decide to make it healthier and more packable! I came up with a meatball sandwich on Rudi’s whole wheat bread with Organic Valley mozzerella and spaghetti sauce. Instead of a banana split, I put Stonyfield yogurt with a banana and a few chocolate chips. She liked my modifications and was very pleased with her healthier lunch.
You can see over 300 more ideas for healthier lunches at Rock The Lunchbox. The website offers ideas for kids of all ages and dietary preferences, including gluten free, nut free and vegetarian lunchbox ideas.
More Lunch Box Ideas
I usually try to base the lunch around a nice hearty sandwich option and vary that up with a wrap or a bagel. Some unusual sandwich stuffings that I use are cream cheese with fresh fruit. Sometimes I just dice up the sandwich meat and bread and serve it that way as a fun new option. My daughter likes that since she doesn’t like condiments on her sandwich any way.
When it comes to fruit, I usually just throw a whole piece in the lunch box. I mean they are so perfect and they are already wrapped! Sometimes I slice the fruit up though and go with a fruit salad or fruit toothpick skewers for fun.
For veggies, I tend to stick with baby carrots, sliced up bell peppers, or cucumber slices. But sometimes, I vary it up with leftovers like fried eggplant slices or steamed broccoli.
For a beverage, my daughter usually likes her thermos filled with water but sometimes we switch it up with a fruit juice or flavored water.
I hope you enjoyed these back-to-school lunch box inspiration ideas. What are your favorite lunch box items?
I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. Rock The Lunchbox did provide a lunch kit. All opinions expressed are my own.