I’ve partnered with Rock the Lunchbox to bring you this Healthy Lunch Idea that your kids will love!
Rock the Lunchbox – Healthy Lunch Idea
So, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but my son Jon David takes his lunch to school every day. It hasn’t always been this way — for his Kindergarten and First Grade years he bought school lunch…until I happened to come to eat with him one day and saw what they were feeding him.
It wasn’t even the healthiness of the food that I took issue with — it was the quality! A banana that was SO ripe I wouldn’t have used it for anything other than baking…meat that I couldn’t identify and had NO desire to eat…no wonder my little guy was coming home and eating a zillion snacks!
Ever since then, my kiddo has taken his lunch to school. I love knowing exactly what he’s getting and that he’s EATING it all. No mom likes wondering if her child is sitting through class hungry, so this gives me peace of mind.
When Rock the Lunchbox asked me to partner with them, I was SO happy to say yes! Not only are they partnered with fabulous brands like Honest Kids, Annie’s Homegrown, Applegate, Organic Valley and Rudi’s Organic Bakery, but Rock the Lunchbox is passionate about our kiddos having FUN with healthier versions of their favorite lunch.
Obviously with this being a dessert blog, junk food has a time and place in my home. We indulge in things like pizza and burgers too, but for day to day lunches, we all try to keep things simple and healthy. I like knowing that we all got a healthy meal to get us through the midday slump.
Rock the Lunchbox wanted to know what Jon David’s DREAM LUNCH is, so I asked him to draw it! Packing lunch every day sometimes leaves you stumped for ideas, so I was excited to see what he came up with.
And true to 10 year old boy form, he drew pizza, a bag of candy, and potato chips. Why am I not surprised?
I decided to pack a healthier version of his dream lunch and I came up with the photo you saw at the top of the post — whole wheat crackers, turkey pepperoni, string cheese, frozen grapes, and a juice box. It’s not exactly pizza, but he loved putting the pepperonis on the crackers and shredding his string cheese to add to the top. My kids don’t even notice a difference between whole wheat crackers and regular crackers — same thing with the turkey pepperoni. It’s just an easy way to lighten things up a little.
Frozen grapes aren’t candy, but they are Jon David’s FAVORITE snack. They’re sweet and round, so close enough!! The grapes thawed a bit by the time lunch rolled around, but they were still super cold, just how he likes them. We added an Honest Kids Organic Apple Juice, which we all love.
We packed it all up in a Bento Lunchbox from Laptop Lunches — they are incredibly affordable and easy to clean because all the containers pop right out. Nothing gets smashed, and the compartments make it easy to create a fun lunch!
This process really made me think about encouraging Jon David to dream up lunches more often — it gives me an idea of what he loves, and he’s excited to be a part of the process!
If you create a fun lunch and want to share it, go to Rock the Lunchbox to upload your photo!
**I was provided product to facilitate my post. However — all thoughts and opinions are my own.