My little pumpkin started junior kindergarten this year and while I’ve always packed a school lunch filled with snacks since he was in daycare, I got lucky that they have an in house kitchen and a cook who makes everything from scratch.
I have to admit it’s a whole new ballgame knowing that there are no backups. What you send in their lunchbox is all they get for the day … and no matter how many school lunches you’ve packed, there’s something so nervewracking about wondering if they have enough to eat.
I’m always on the hunt for healthy school lunch ideas and I thought I’d share some of my favourites lunchbox finds form my favourite kid bloggers.
Here’s the list of my favourite school lunch ideas for picky eaters
Cherry Bliss Balls by Healthy Little Foodies
Did you know that studies show that dates, despite being sweet do not raise blood sugar levels. This makes it my favourite base to use for making balls since the kiddos, won’t experience the crankies that come when blood sugar drops. I hope these Cherry Bliss Balls will even make it to your kiddo’s lunchbox and not disappear in one sitting.
Sweet Potato and Orange Muffins by Organic Cookery School
Here’s a wild combination of flavours … but these Sweet Potato and Orange Muffins work and are super tasty! Muffins are quickly becoming a favourite lunchbox staple, not only because you can pack some serious nutrition in them, but also because you can freeze them, and put one in their lunchbox in the morning. By lunchtime they will be thawed.
Cheesy Spinach and Apple Muffins by Organic Cookery School
Spinach and apple used to be a favourite puree sombination for both my kiddos. They work beautifully together in this Cheesey Spinach and Apple Muffin recipe and perfect as a school lunch.
Easy As Pie Pumpkin Pancakes by Make and Taste
Just yum … The best part is kids can help put this Easy As Pie Pimpkin Pankake recipe together. I love making recipes where my kiddos can easily get involved.
Chicken And Veggie Lunchbox Pasta Salad by Kidgredients
I’m loving this one as an option for their lunchboxes. Having all the ingredients mixes together and covered in sauce might not be a go for some of the more picky eaters, but that does not mean we don’t expose them to it. Maybe pack a smaller portion of the chicken and veggie salad and include another option … you just might be surprised.
Raspberry Porridge Pikelets, No Added Sugar by Kidgredients
Pikelets are basically pancakes but so much more fun to say! They are easy to make, freeze well, and can be added to a lunchbox meal as a treat or even the main event depending on how nutrient dense you make them.
50 Fabulous Freezable Lunchbox Fillers by Kidgredients
I couldn’t resist including this post form Kidgredients. Kylie gathered her a list of her 50 favourite recipes that can go from frozen to lunchbox. This is one to bookmark mommies!
PS. These are some of my favourite lumchbox tools. I can’t live without them.