50 Healthy & Kid Friendly Lunchbox Ideas {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received milk boxes from Horizon Organic but all thoughts are my own.)

Back to school time means packing lunch for many families. I found last year that I got stuck in a rut and was packing Lucas the same lunch pretty much every day. Thankfully Horizon Organic has the solution for parents like me who have no creativity when it comes to lunchtime.

In collaboration with Elizabeth Somer, a nationally-recognized registered dietician and author, Horizon Organic developed a “5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please” resource to aid in back to school lunch box packing. The list outlines the five main food groups and 10 great-tasting choices within each group to make packing a nutritious lunch easy and enjoyable. Together, parents and children can mix-and-match items from each food group to create a balanced packed lunch. Parents can then use the resource with marked selections as a simple grocery shopping list.

Here is a sample of ideas from each category….

Whole Grains

  • air-popped popcorn seasoned with cinnamon (not for very young children)
  • whole grain pasta salad with veggies and low-fat dressing
  • mini pizza on a 100% whole grain English muffin w/ pizza sauce and low-fat shredded cheese

Low Fat Milk & Calcium Filled Foods

  • fruit parfait made w/ low fat Greek yogurt, fruit, and low fat granola
  • string cheese sticks
  • smoothie made with low fat milk and fresh fruit

Meats, Eggs, and Legumes

  • baked chicken cut in easy to eat strips
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • mini meatballs made with low fat turkey

Vegetables

  • “ants on a log” (celery topped with nut butter and raisins)
  • baked zucchini or sweet potato sticks
  • grape tomatoes

Fruits

  • fresh fruit shish-kabob
  • watermelon salsa with baked corn chips
  • cantaloupe or watermelon cut into shapes with cookie cutters

Find the other 35 ideas here.

Milk is also a great healthy drink option for lunch. I never gave Lucas milk for lunch since I was worried it would go bad but then I discovered shelf-stable milk that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Horizon Organic Milk with 32 mg DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes come in vanilla and chocolate flavors and are an ideal option for families who want all of the nutritious benefits of milk, including 8g of protein, Vitamins A and D, and calcium, with the added benefit of DHA omega-3 to support healthy brain development. Lucas {who favors chocolate or strawberry milk usually} loves the vanilla flavored milk from Horizon Organic and I am happy to give him something that is good for him.

Want to try these single serve milk boxes in your child’s lunch? Enter the giveaway below!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a month’s worth of Horizon Organic Single Serve Milk Boxes

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me which lunchbox idea is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Horizon Organic on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Comment on another post

Giveaway ends September 14, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or older and reside in the US to enter.

(Disclosure: I received Horizon Organic single serve milk boxes but all thoughts are my own.)

 

 

Comments

  1. I think the Mini Pizza is a great idea!

  2. I followed you on Twitter!

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  4. Sonya Morris says

    My kids love the fruit parfait made w/ low fat Greek yogurt, fruit, and low fat granola.

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  6. Sonya Morris says

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  7. Hard boiled eggs

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  10. Sonya Morris says

    Following you on Twitter as catholicfanatic. :)

  11. I love the idea of making mini pizzas with an English muffin, pizza sauce, and cheese.

  12. Shared on Facebook.

  13. I follow you on twitter: @offthehookbyjen

  14. I will share on FB. I like the mini pizza idea. We found the Horizon milk last year and the kids love it.

  15. Rebecca Orr says

    Hard boiled eggs are my favorite idea. My son likes them, but I never thought to put them in his lunch box.

  16. Blessie Nelson says

    fruit parfait is filling and healthy!

  17. Blessie Nelson says
  18. Blessie Nelson says

    I followed Horizon Organic on twitter – @Bless_Eliz

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    I follow you on twitter @Bless_Eliz

  20. Blessie Nelson says
  21. Love the mini meatball idea

  22. Shared on pinterest

  23. Also commented on the organization pot.

  24. My favorite is string cheese sticks.

  25. Following @Horizon_Organic on Twitter.

  26. Following @aliciamarie112 on Twitter.

  27. I like the whole grains idea :)

  28. turkey sandwich with strawberries and grapes

  29. I follow you on twitter

  30. I follow Horizon Organic on twitter

  31. Nicole Sender says

    I like the idea ti use baked chicken cut in easy to eat strips.

  32. Nicole Sender says
  33. Nicole Sender says

    Following Horizon Organic on Twitter @minibea.

  34. Nicole Sender says

    Following you on Twitter @minibea.

  35. I like the ants on a log – something both my son and I can eat!

  36. Following Horizon Organic on twitter under alinarenee

  37. I follow you on twitter under alinarenee

  38. I commented on the 5 meal planning tips post.

  39. fruit parfait made w/ low fat Greek yogurt, fruit, and low fat granola

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  42. I like the fresh fruit shish-kabobs
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  45. Ants on a log–loved those as kids

  46. Follow your twitter brandylwilson

  47. Darlene Ysaguirre says

    I love the fresh fruit shish-kabob great way to change stuff up and a healthy alternative.

  48. Darlene Ysaguirre says

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  49. Darlene Ysaguirre says

    I follow you on twitter with follower name @darleney88

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  52. Christian Alejandro says

    I like the ants on a log

  53. Christian Alejandro says
  54. Christian Alejandro says

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  57. mini pizza on a 100% whole grain English muffin w/ pizza sauce and low-fat shredded cheese

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  60. my favorite idea is baked chicken cut in easy to eat strips

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  63. I like this lunch idea: mini meatballs made with low fat turkey.

  64. mini meatballs made with low fat turkey.

  65. Christina Russell says

    Love the hard-boiled egg idea! My daughter loves them? Whats the best way to keep them cold?

  66. I love the watermelon salsa and corn chips idea … The fruits are awesome and will have my son eating them for days!

  67. I like the mini pizza or the meatballs or even combine the two and have a meatball mini pizza.

  68. I love the idea for mini meatballs! Theey would be very cute and yummy with little cheese cunes on food picks. Twitter is @aneyeinthesun, I tweeted about this giveaway, followed you, followed horizon milk.

  69. Followed Horizon on Twitter

  70. shared on Facebook

  71. I followed Horizon Organic on Twitter! (=

  72. Johanna Martinez says

    I will share on FB And Twitter. My Baby Girl LOVES Pizza So I’ll Go W/ The Mini Pizza Idea. She Just Started To Drink This Amazing Milk & Yeah Me As Well, We Get From Whole Foods Market (NYC) Its A Must : )
    (Disclosure: I received milk boxes from Horizon Organic but all thoughts are my own)

  73. I shared yours & Horizon Organics post/giveaway on Facebook.

  74. My little one LOVES smoothies, so I think that idea ROCKS! (=

  75. Love the mini pizzas. That’s one of our go to lunches. :) My kiddies love pizza!

  76. shared on facebook!

  77. Emily Ashley says

    Lots of great lunch ideas but the mini pizza and fruit shish kabobs would definitely be a hit with my daughter! I did all of the above ☺

  78. I love the idea of baked zucchini and sweet potato sticks!

  79. Shannon Connor says

    I like the veggie pasta idea!

  80. Christina Brundick says

    love the pasta salad w/ veggies and low fat dressing idea,we do a Italian version with veggie pasta that is a staple around here

  81. Christina Brundick says

    follow Horizon @sunshyne1977

  82. I loved the idea about the english muffin mini-pizza’s and also, the ants on a log – just to entice them, I was thinking of throwing in some karob chips too! Thanks!

  83. ants on a log

  84. Mini pizzas are a great idea!

  85. my kids like mini meatballs with same grape tomatoes

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  87. Follow you on Twitter (@galyettina)

  88. Michelle Tucker says

    I like the mini pizza on a 100% whole grain English muffin w/ pizza sauce and low-fat shredded cheese idea.
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