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Back to school rules for great lunches – Goodbyn style

OK, so Dee’s not old enough to have a school lunch yet (her preschool provides lunches) but if she were I’d pack in these babies. Goodbyn Original lunch boxes.

Goodbyn Original lunch box
Goodbyn Original lunch box

I bet kids love the tiny areas and small portions that fit into this lunch box.  And did you see the cool built in handle too? (I mean all lunch boxes have handles but these just look so sleek!)  Check out some of the lunch ideas from one of my favorite bloggers Bluebird Vintage for ideas on what to pack in these little wonders.

So rules for a good lunch for a toddler?  From Dee’s preschool lunches I’ve learned . . .

  1. A sandwich/roll of some sort w/ cheese and meat (alternatively you could have a straight meat dish like fish sticks, chicken nuggets, or bbq chicken)
  2. A carb (usually as the bread/wrap) of above sandwich
  3. A serving of vegetables
  4. A serving of fruit
  5. Milk
  6. Dessert (OK I added this last one but putting in some fruit snacks, fruit newtons, or graham crackers makes Dee smile)

Now I know I say that and then I had (heck – still have) a hard time coming up with creative interesting new lunches so I’ll give you a couple of examples from our kitchen.

  1. BBQ Chicken, Cornbread, Corn, Watermelon, Milk (sometimes half & half whole milk/almond milk or soy milk)
  2. Chicken Hummus Wraps on Flour Tortilla, Green Beans & Roasted Potatoes, Cantaloupe, Milk
  3. Chicken Nuggets (Trader Joe’s), Carrot Sticks, Pears, Milk
  4. Black Bean Burgers on buns, Peas, Watermelon, Milk
  5. Bean & Cheese Quesadillas on Flour Tortilla, tomatoe & avacado salad, Banana, Milk
  6. Personal Pizza on English Muffin w/ olives, Peas, Peaches, Milk
  7. Pesto Pasta w/ Chicken & Peas, Banana & Strawberry Smoothie

Well you get the idea :)

Happy eating!

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