i should be mopping the floor: School Lunch Ideas: Going Beyond the Sandwich

Monday, August 19, 2013

School Lunch Ideas: Going Beyond the Sandwich

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Rubbermaid, Jif, and Smucker’s, but all my opinions are my own. #aBetterLunch #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO 

I'm sharing some of my favorite non-sandwich school lunches below, 
along with a super cool lunch container system.

Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!
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As we head back in to the hustle and bustle of school time, thinking about healthier lunch packing can be a little overwhelming. Here's a neat system that makes putting a healthy lunch together for your kids a cinch. I also wanted to share some fun ideas to send along with the kiddos that aren't sandwiches...because my youngest won't touch a sandwich with a ten-foot pole. {And we can't be the only family with "one of those"!}

I was happy to see that my local Target had a great selection of the new Rubbermaid LunchBlox kits. I've actually had their Sandwich Kit for over a year now. I also picked up the Entree Kit to give it a try along with some Jif Peanut Butter and Smucker's Strawberry Spread {in the squeezy bottle...for fun!}.

You can check out all of the awesome Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kits here. And how about some coupons? Click here to save some moolah on Rubbermaid Lunchblox products {and they don't expire until Dec. 31, 2013}.

Check out the fun I had creating with my own Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kits:
Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!
My kids love taking breakfast for lunch! Such a fun twist on their midday break. And these Jif To Go containers are perfect for my youngest who likes to dip his banana in his peanut butter. 

Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!
Pizza Bread is always a hit with our lunch bunch. I bake it either the night before or morning of...but they love cold pizza {which is how it is at lunch time after being in their boxes with the Blue Ice all day}. Shown above is the entree sized kit of the Rubbermaid LunchBlox. I've really enjoyed this particular set...especially since my older son enjoys salad quite a bit.

Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!
Here's a quick fix idea: prepare muffins on the weekend to store in your freezer for busy mornings when lunch making time is rushed. Pop them in the box and they thaw in time for lunch. These muffins have all of the yumminess of a PB&J sandwich tucked into a friendly little muffin. 

Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!
I used both Jif Peanut Butter and Smucker's Strawberry Spread to make these babies. Click here for my recipe. Once you make freezer muffins for your kids' lunches, you'll use them all the time {promise}! They're such a great time-saver.

Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!
Here's how our Breakfast for Lunch looks in the fun Rubbermaid LunchBlox Insulated Lunch Bag. I love that there's a spot for a water bottle, napkin, utensil and even a little lunch love note. Every year around this time, I put out a set of free lunch notes for you to download. I thought this was the perfect spot to include this year's set. 

Click on the image below to download your own free set of lunch box love notes to tuck into your kids' lunches.
Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!
{Prints on a letter-sized paper, ready to be trimmed.}


Here's hoping you all have a fabulous school year!







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25 comments:

  1. LOVE the idea of making PB&J muffins. My daughter and I might have to make those today!

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  2. This is such a cute idea -- your kids are lucky to have a mama who puts so much thought into their lunches!

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  3. Love all these ideas. My daughter just started Kindergarten. She is use to just being a little snacker and not really going full out lunch time so all these ideas are great. :)

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  4. These are awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing it!! We are going to be back to school in two days, and I'm soaking all kinds of ideas right now :)

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  5. These are awesome lunch boxes and ideas!

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  6. Makes me want to be a kid again! :) Feel free to pack my lunches fore me :D

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  7. These look like so much fun to make! Almost makes me wish my daughter was older and I had to pack her a lunch already! At least I have some ideas of what to make in the future. :)

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  8. I don't have kids but these are giving me some great ideas for work day lunches! Everything looks so healthy and fresh!

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  9. LOVE all of your ideas! I will pin this for next week, when they all head out to school. :( Boo, I don't want them to go back to school!

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  10. I love your School Lunch ideas!!! That is one area I definitely struggle in is trying to prepare things that are fun and my daughter will eat. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming :)

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  11. Ok, I am completely sold. We looked at these in Target the other day (I was sad to not write a post about these but HAD to check them out anyway!) but the Husband didn't think they were a good idea. I think he's wrong. I am going back to buy them and just printed the coupons. :)
    Also, girl your lunch box notes are SO precious. Gosh I have such a long way to go w/ printables. They are adorable!
    Pinning this!
    xoxo

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  12. Oh I have never seen these before and I LOVE them - I so want to go and grab these lunch boxes for my kids!

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  13. This post has helped me so much!
    We also have a sand which averted and your ideas have started to be put to the test with positive outcomes!
    Love how everything fits perfectly at the right portions

    On my way now to print the adorable note cards
    Thank you
    Thank you!

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  14. I so need to make those muffins now! How yummy!
    And I have no idea that JIF had little pb cups like that! Definitely need to get some!

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  15. Great lunch box ideas!! Even perfect for adults :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. School starts tomorrow! Thanks. just-in-time.

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  17. I was just thinking of looking for some kind of containers like this! Awesome.

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  18. I love these, but we can't take any nut products to our school. I like the pizza one, though!

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  19. I love this!! I have been needing new ideas!! Thanks!

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  20. Great post!! It's so easy to get stuck in a sandwich for lunches rut so this is perfect for some other ideas!!

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  21. OK...you are amazing! I so needed this post. We are so stuck in the sandwich rut! Thank you for the new ideas. :)

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  22. So many awesome ideas Kristi! I think I need to start getting creative with lunches again :)

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