Saturday, May 14, 2011

School Lunches Galore

Most of an Alternative Baking Company Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Ella's Kitchen Organic Fruit pouch, baby carrots, strawberries, and macadamia nuts. As far as the sandwich goes...can't remember what was in that one. I'm guessing hummus, avocado, and lettuce.

Mini-bean burrito, carrots, bell pepper slices, strawberries, and sweet potato chunks with sprinkled hemp seeds. Plus, a Cocoa Pistachio Whole Food Meal Bar. My kid is thin, and I like adding these meal replacement bars to his meal - or giving them to him at home for a snack. If I ever pack too much food, he will eat it on the drive home.

This lunch was the day after Valentine's Day so a pink heart cookie was added to his nut butter crackers, baby carrots, strawberries, macademia & Brazil nuts, grapes, and a Vruit Box.

Sandwich with hummus, hemp seed, lettuce, and mustard, Blueberry Lemon Muffin, So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt, carrots, Brazil nuts, and a little bit of leftover bean salad.

Romaine with vegan caesar dressing and hemp seeds, apples, mixed nuts, toasted frozen waffles, and So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt.

Pasta with beans, quinoa & broccoli meatballs, Brazil nuts & walnuts, carrots, Late July Mini Organic PB Crackers, pineapple cup, and caesar salad.

Nut butter & fruit spread on French Meadow Bakery Hemp Bread...this isn't his favorite type of sandwich, but he does like when I cut it into strips so he can dip it in his yogurt. Hail Merry soaked/dehydrated/seasoned pecans, strawberries, carrots, bell peppers, and grape tomatoes.

Amy's Bean & Rice Burrito, avocado chunks, carrots, bell pepper slices, and grape tomatoes, and half of a Hail Merry Chocolate Miracle Tart.

Garlic bread, Just Veggies (freeze-dried peas, corn, carrots, bell pepper, and tomatoes), pineapple cup, Yummy Earth organic sucker, Barbara's Bakery Snackimals, marinated/pan-fried tofu, and tomatoes.

Pasta with homemade cheese sauce & hempseeds, lentils, kiwi fruit, olives, and half of a Hail Merry Chocolate Miracle Tart.

*These lunches all belonged to my 10 year old who fortunately will eat almost any vegan food in the world. And a few of you asked: he was homeschooled for 4 years and attends public school this year. My other two are homeschooled and attend a homeschool co-op twice a week, where they occasionally bring their lunches, too.


  1. Um can you please pack my lunches too! ;-)

  2. What variety! He must have the healthiest lunches in school!

  3. So jealous of those lunches. What a lovely Mummy you are providing him with such delicious and nutritious food :)

  4. Glad this post survived Bloggers recent glitches. So much to look at and study.

    Can't believe you gave a Hail Merry Tart to a 10-year-old like it's a regular old Scooter Pie! There are people in Virginia with no Hail Merry Tarts at all!

  5. Those are fantastic and gives me tons of ideas for my little guy when he heads to school all day next year!

  6. im with Heather:)it all looks so good!

  7. what awesome lunches! i'm going be packing lunches for jackson when he starts daycare 2 days a week this fall, and i find it so daunting for some reason. i give him a lot of heated/refrigerated foods now, and it's hard for me to think of stuff that can sit at room temp for several hours. i am going to print out this post for inspiration :)

  8. So jealous of those lunches! :o)

  9. I love these posts. I am always looking for ideas. I wish mine wasn't so picky about his food, because he needs to eat more.

  10. I love the lunchbox, too. This looks like a great variety - no lunchables here! I would be very happy to eat all of that.

  11. Sometimes I think about buying those little lunch boxes just because they look so fun to eat out of. You're lucky that your son will eat everything you give him. Sigh.

  12. i really wish my lunches as a child looked like a matter of fact i wish that my lunches now looked like

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  14. Once again your lunches are a HUGE inspiration! I had to tell share your blog with a friend and one of my sisters today, I know they'll love it :)

    By the way, if you want any ideas for Springfield eating let me know. There aren't tons of options, but their are a few places that are very accommodating.

    Oh, and what are broccoli meatballs?

  15. SUCH beautiful lunchboxes! But I was a bit confused! Glad you explained at the end...

    It's always so difficult to think of tasty packed meals, as I found when my two went to university. It was usually sandwiches or pasties. Wish I'd seen this post back then! :)

  16. Heather, yes.

    Rose, I think I go overboard with the variety...when I put only a couple of things in his lunch with more quantity, it feels so boring. And, unfortunately, he's come to expect a certain level, ha! (But he's sweet about it.)

    Emma, thank you! And I think that's the first time I've been called "Mummy" - I rather like it! :)

    Shen, ha! I know; it's tragic.

    Vegan Mom, thank you! Glad to spark some ideas!

    Michelle, thank you, too!

    Sara, yes, that's true. It's really amazing what kids will eat at different temperatures than what I would expect them to be. Ya know? Like, I don't think I'd want to eat cold spaghetti with red sauce, but it doesn't seem weird to him!

    Michelle, thanks! :)

    Pansies & Sunflowers, thank you for stopping by. My middle child is definitely pickier than my oldest (but becoming better and better as he ages, thankfully). So he usually gets a nut butter sandwich and banana or baby carrots - not because that's all he'll eat, but I wouldn't dare put something in his lunch he may or may not eat. I can't bear for organic, vegan food to go to waste!

    Jessica and Blessed Mama, I've really been wanting to get the Planet Lunchboxes next! And Mama, - again, my 6 year old wouldn't love everything about these lunches. I just got really lucky with my oldest.

    Janna Renee, in highschool I think I ate a fundraiser candybar every day for lunch. I wish I'd had the sense back then to pack healthier lunches for myself.

    Cassie, thanks for sharing it with others! I will want more ideas for Springfield, for sure. We always just went to Panera. I wrote about broccoli meatballs here:

    Penny, what are pasties? I'm going to have to google that! :) I've read your last couple of blog posts, and for some reason, I keep getting interrupted when I go to comment! I'll be back over soon!

  17. WHOA! One has to be careful what pops up when googling "pasties." I'm glad my kids weren't in the room. So I'm taking it that they are like empanadas or calzones, I guess?