Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What to Pack in that Lunch Sack?

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Juicy Juice.

Now that my 3-year-old quadruplets will be starting school again in the fall,


I am desperately trying to find healthy items to stash in their lunch boxes (which is NO easy task, let me tell you).



Sodas are out of the question, so the only remaining "mom-approved" drink choices are: milk, juice, or water. It is beyond frustrating to pass shelf after shelf of high fructose corn syrup based juices.

This health conscious Mama is looking for 100% REAL fruit juice- NO added sugars or sweeteners, NO artificial preservatives or flavors...

Well, HELLLLOOOO Juicy Juice!



A big package of Juice boxes arrived at our door (thank you kindly, Nestle and BlogHer!), and I immediately had 4, very eager, willing participants who were more than happy to help Mama with her review.
(Benjamin, Andrew, Ethan & Savannah trying out the Juicy Juice Punch flavor)



Each 6 oz Juicy Juice box contains 100% Vitamin C and counts as 1.5 servings of fruit- which scores major bonus points with me.



Well guys...whadya think? (Here's at least one satisfied customer)



"Mommy! NO added sugar!" (what can I say? Drew gets excited about healthy living)



Ben: "Hey Ma, Look! I can hold it without squeezing all of the juice out!" (Ahhh...like music to my ears: convienient, portable, no mess)



Things I ♥ about Juicy Juice Punch:
- great, fresh taste
- convienient
- nutritious (100% Vitamin C, 1.5 servings of fruit, NO added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, NO artificial preservatives, NO artificial flavors)


Things to consider:
- The average price for an 8 pack of 6.75 oz Juicy Juice All Natural 100% Juice is ~$3.50


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Charlsie said...

My 8 yr old twin girls and 4 yr old little boy love horizon milk boxes. It is organic and lowfat. They have vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and plain!

Tabitha said...

i use string cheese - both the mozz and mozz w/ cheddar

Dana said...

My son just started kindergarten this year so I've been looking for ideas to keep his lunch healthy but still making it something he wants to eat. Fortunately for me my son loves fruit so I've been putting grapes and apples in his lunch. I also throw in a string cheese and have used Juicy Juice juice boxes as well :)

Mami2jcn said...

My son is starting kindergarten and he's a very picky eater. I'll be packing celery sticks and baby carrots (the only vegetables he likes).

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Cathryn's Closet said...

Fruit goes in the lunchbox. It is the perfect snack at the beach during the summer. I hope to pass that feeling on into the fall.

Jennifer said...

Our boys, 10 and 6, love apples and bananas and basically all fruit. And, of course, string cheese. Hopefully, we can introduce more vegetables to their lunches this year.

Samantha C. said...

I am lucky my gang LOVES fruits and veggies. Their favorite is cucumbers! Luckily we have a farm near us with fresh fruits and veggies!

Anonymous said...

I am just beginning to pack lunches for my 13 month old and am having a BLAST. An average lunch will include organic spinach potato pancake, veggie burger (can you tell I have to hide the veggies? ALREADY!), organic grapes, blueberries or plums, diced chicken breast and organic milk!

Stephanie
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Miranda said...

Apples with carmel sauce. This is my daughters favorite. It's sweet and healthy!

cbentley413 said...

My boys like fruit and GoGurt (which if you freeze, they stay cold and will thaw by lunch time).

Corrinne said...

I pack string cheese, yogurt, carrots, broccoli, or watermelon in my 4 year old lunch box.


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Corbitt Family said...

my 3 Kids love string cheese, yogurt, rasins and oranges in their lunch boxes

Jenny said...

My son will be starting MDO in September and my mind has already been trying to figure out what to pack for his snack each day. He's been drinking the Juicy Juice for a while...he loves it! I will most likely pack grapes, strawberries, blueberries or a bananana and some yogurt or string cheese.

The Armstrong Family said...

We love Danonino yogurt, fruit and sandwich or string cheese. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

~K~ said...

Our son loves carrots & string cheese! Thanks for the giveaway! Your kids are adorable!!

Sarah P said...

Fruit bites and string cheese!

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Ami said...

My kids LOVE apples and peanut butter. Just slice 'em up and you have a VERY pleasing snack!!

Sariah said...

String cheese, cheese wrapped in ham/turkey and any and all fruit, and frozen gogurt naturals. yum!

Ware Family said...

My 6 year old son loves sandwiches, yogurt, cheese, and fruit. He's a pretty healthy eater! I must admit, with him going to full day school this year, I've also been obsessing a little bit about what drinks I can pack in his lunch box that are healthy and convenient. Thanks for the review.

Beth Clark said...

I put grapes, strawberries, and yogurt in the lunch box.

Stacy said...

We homeschool but I try to have fruit around since everyone loves it and we can just grab it and eat it. Also, they like yogurt too. I try to do a healthier breakfast than lunch to get them going for a good morning of learning.

Stacy

DollBaby said...

All my little one will drink is milk! It will be interesting when school starts keeping it cold! I wish she would drink some juice!

Audra Laney said...

We're at home during the day, but my son is a very picky eater. We love to use Juicy Juice and V8 Fusion to get in a few servings of fruits and veggies. Also, I try to mix bananas and peanut butter (yum!) to get some fruit and protein in him at the same time.

Katie said...

We always look for the 100% juice boxes or pouches, our kiddos love grapes, yogurt, string cheese, & carrots :)

Audrey said...

We love Juicy Juice and would LOVE a gift basket! School starts tomorrow here!!!

Heather said...

My oldest is going to all day kindergarten this year and is a little hesitant about eating in the cafeteria. We have decided that she will get a lunch box and based on what they have as a hot lunch she might be packing her lunch. I recently saw that you can get individual packs of apples and grapes. Such a great thing to throw in her lunch box along with some of these juices. I love that they are 100% juice.

Ashley said...

I put healthy snacks in my daughter's lunch sack! She's only 1, so there's not too many options. But, here's a list of some of the items:
String cheese, apple slices, raisens, yogurt, fresh pineapple.



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. said...

My son LOVES fruits and veggies of all variations so I always pack those. Also string cheese, cottage cheese, trial mix and rice cakes are other favs around here. I am blessed bc he truly is easy to please!!!

T.S. said...

Roasted veggies and hummus...kids love dipping veggies!

Allison said...

Well, I'll only have to pack a lunch one day a week for my 2 year old, but she loves fruit so I'm definitely going to add that in!

Kat said...

at least 2 pieces of fruit!

The Parker Family said...

My older son loves string cheese, pretzels, yogurt and fruit. My younger son loves fruit and yogurt. I have also made my own version of lunchables (crackers, cheese slices, and deli turkey) that are much healthier.

BrownEyedGirlsMom said...

Chatty always gets a sandwich (either PB&J or lean ham and cheese), fruit, a starch and a little dessert. I love the Juicy Juice boxes too because they don't spill quite as easily!

Shannon said...

Definitely part-skim string cheese, hummus and homemade pita chips and yummy pre-cut fruit.

Susan said...

I love mixing up different salads for my work lunches everyday. Always a spinach base and then I mix up the veggies, a cheese, and a nut to add a little variety each day.

Amy Bennett said...

Yogurt and boiled eggs!

Kristy said...

We don't send any kiddos to school yet, but we pack lunches for picnics all the time. My kids will gobble up cut up fruit in a bowl, but will barely touch it when it's whole. They also love rolled up lunchmeat and cheese.

Kristy said...

We homeschool, but when we go on field trips, we usually take hummus and crackers, fruit, cheese and water.

Kelli said...

I try and pack carrots and apples and also string cheese because the cafeteria food is no good. We love Juicy Juice at our house.

Morgan Holt said...

I love putting yogurt and some fruit into my girls lunch boxes. I sometimes put the grapes in the freezer overnight. They love getting grapes that are extra cold!

Alyssa said...

My son LOVES turkey sandwiches cut with miniature cookie cutters. No crust and bite-size... perfect for lunch boxes!

Heather said...

My daughter loves organic Z-Bars (kids clif bars). They come in all sorts of great flavors and help keep her tummy full until lunch time!

ashley said...

I try to have a well rounded lunch... a grain, dairy, fruit, and protein. For us, this usually looks like a pb&j sandwich (the JIF all natural peanut butter is awesome!), string cheese, lots of fruit, and maybe some baked chips or veggie straws.

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Shelley Green said...

My daughter's FAVE is broccoli. Can you believe it? And I make her cucumber and tomato salad with a little Italian dressing- another fave. For a 2 1/2 year old, she is a very healthy eater. And LOVES Juicy Juice!

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Kari said...

When we are on the go we pack Juicy Juice boxes and yogurt or cheese for a healthy snack on the run.

salomax75@hotmail.com said...

My oldest starts kindergarten this fall (snif, snif), and we only did morning preschool the past two years, so I'm new to "packing lunches". I plan to include turkey, cheese, crackers, grapes and juicy juice. :)

Anonymous said...

for my son I pack cheese strings, apples and homemade chicken fingers!

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wilsonfamily said...

Our kids love juicy juice boxes. (ages 6 and 4) They also love strawberry horizon organic milk. Only a few grocery stores carry them. (kroger & walmart) I will usually pack a sandwich, a string cheese, a yogurt stick, sunflower seed kernels, and fruit in their lunch. They love craisins & kellogs strawberry cereal bars, but they do contain sugar. Hope this helps. I have enjoyed reading your blog.

Hilary said...

fruit,Sandwich,yogart
That's what my 2nd grader gets maybe with a little treat too but that's it....

Heidi said...

My kids love raisins, yogurt covered raisins, grapes, carrots, and sometimes for a treat I'll give them chocolate covered raisins! Yu-um!

Jenny B said...

well we don't have to do lunch bags yet but I will have tons of ideas from my lovely friends when that day comes:)

Jenny B
jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom

Jim & Chrissy said...

My kids love string cheese and strawberries. My mom taught them to string the cheese and wrap a piece around the strawberry...they love it!

Lindsey said...

My daughter almost always has a healthier lunch than me. I tend to pack great things for her and I'm very conscience of food groups. (And then when it's time for my lunch I just throw things in a bag) Her lunch has either a yogurt or a cheese stick, a raw veggie or some sort of peas/green beans and then a carb snack like goldfish or those veggie chip things. She also loves raisins so those are usually in there everyday, she never gets sick of them?

Kellen and Becca Farmer said...

We love string cheese!!

Anonymous said...

Both of my kids stay at my MIL's while I work so I don't have to pack lunches for them, but mine usually consists of a Smart Ones meal and some type of fruit.

Stacey
stacey.gillin@carey.com

BLT2GO said...

My kids will eat baby carrots and I always try to pack yogurt or applesauce. They love Juicy Juice and the fun games and activities on the back of the label!

rachel e. said...

I go heavy on the fruits anf veggies.

Jennifer :) said...

I like Wheat Thins, Triscuits, grapes, and my newest favorite is ensure! :)

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Rachel E. said...

I pack frozen berries because oftentimes, fresh fruits are not available...especially in Hawaii where we depend so much on imported produce.

Tera said...

String cheese, granola bars, apples, and raisins.

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Billy's Mommy said...

I pack string cheese, fruit, go-gurt, or milk.

Jen said...

My 3 year old hasn't started school yet, but anytime we are packing a lunch for him to take to the zoo, waterpark, or for a picnic, we pack granola or cereal bars, applesauce, carrot sticks or celery and usually a pb&j since that's about the only sandwich he will eat! jenn_levin at hotmail dot com

the rodriguez crew said...

my goodness, string cheese is popular! I send my little guy to MDO 2x a week, and work hard at a healthy lunch! I pack chicken/tuna salad (sneak in some sprouts too!) made with the little TINY pitettes (Kroger!). They are AWESOME. They are only about 3 inches in diameter, and you can get super creative with them! I usually pack 2-3 for my 2 1/2 year old little guy! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Amber said...

I think fresh fruit and yogurt will be a must when I start packing a lunch for my munchkin.

Denise Darnell Davis said...

We like to have cheese cut into little shapes with mini cookie cutters and fruit...and we love juicy juice too!

Donna said...

2% string cheese twists!

Sarah said...

My kids love string cheese and yogurt or apple sauce.

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Donna said...

2% string cheese twists!

Crystal said...

string cheese, apples, bananas, baby carrots all sound good to me!

Brittany said...

Laughing cow cream cheese... no kids but that's what I pack myself :) The garlic and herb one is soooo good!!!!

Summer said...

My kids love yogurt and pistachios!

Laura said...

Chopped fruits, cheese sticks or cubes, homemade lunchables (so I can use whole wheat crackers and low or no sodium meats, mini yogurts (frozen the night before and removed early the next morning - thaws by lunchtime), dried fruits, veggies and dip, noodles with a little spray of butter or olive oil, whole wheat organic peanut butter and sugar free jelly sammies cut into shapes - lunch can be fun!! :)

Amy said...

My little boy loves fruit salad...yummy, yummy! Thank you Wiggles!

Our Happy Married Life... said...

yogurt and string cheese. Yum!

Amy said...

String cheese and yogurt are DEFINATE contenders for lunch snacks. Raisins and applesauce too. My 4 year old LOVES Juicy Juice and its the ONLY juice I allow him to drink!

Kelsey said...

freeze gogurt and then put it on the lunchbox and it will be thawed out before lunch :) grapes are another hit along with Raisins or String cheese

Angela said...

We do whole wheat tortillas with turkey and cheese!

lauren said...

Presliced apples, yogurt smoothies, homemade peanut butter crackers with all natural peanut butter (skippy tastes delish), cheese sticks, grapes

Anonymous said...

Cheese sticks and lots of fruit for my Landon and Coop!

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Megan said...

Mmm, juicy juice! Is it wrong that I love these for myself as well? As for healthy snacks - I lean towards 2% string cheese, apples, and the baby carrots!

Ashley said...

I have a son in 1st grade and he normally takes a turkey sandwich, a fruit-he loves rasins, applesause, and any kind of fruit cup, and his favorite thing GoGurts. He is not a picky eater so it's really easy to get him to eat well.

Debbie said...

Whatever fresh fruit is in season (if any) but peaches and grapes are current favorites. We also have a "no soda" rule that I am proud to say needs no enforcing now, the high schoolers and the elementary schooler naturally ask for water or juice!

Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

Oops....My twins love a baggie full of fresh fruit. Melon, watermelon, grapes, apples, etc...

Kaia said...

Carrots, pita chips and hummus, and FRUIT! :)

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mrsrstjr said...

We love Juicy Juice in our house!

We like to pack juicy juice, string cheese, and either some grapes or cut up apples. She loves it!

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Ava & Joanie said...

Grapes! I swear my daughter is going to turn into a grape. Also, turkey roll ups.

mrsrstjr said...

I also blogged about this!

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Adryn said...

I pack my kids lunch everyday and they always get a sandwhich (PB & J is a fav) a thermos full of cold water and a snack of their choosing! I only purchase 'healthy' snacks so although they are choosing it, I know what they are putting in their growing bodies!!

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That Ruby Girl said...

We do fruit, string cheese, peanut butter (soy nut if peanut free) and honey sandwich and juicy juice and a fruit cup! Mine love celery and peanut butter too! Or tortilla roll ups!

Jen said...

No kiddos, but in MY lunch I love to pack Yoplait Light strawberry-orange-sunrise yogurt. It is a great sweet snack that I don't have to feel guilty about! Yum!

winstead family said...

i love to put healthy fruit or raw carrots with light ranch. i have a 9 year old who STILL loves juicy juice :)

Deborah Moore said...

We love Juicy Juice for our lunches. I also like to pack apple slices and string cheese.

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Anonymous said...

I send matchstick carrots and ketchup to dip them in.....sounds gross but if he eats the veggies, who cares?

Danielle said...

Fresh fruit! That's my number one thing I make sure they have

Malena said...

Cheese sticks, baby carrots, apples and yogurt drinks.

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Jennifer said...

Juicy Juice is the only juice we keep in our house for my 3 1/2 year old. She loves it. She also loves apples w/peanut butter, grapes, and string cheese.

J-Berg said...

I don't have any children yet, but healthy portable lunches are a top priority for me.
Right now I'm stuck on grilled chicken salads with Newman's Own low fat dressings. There are so many choices, I never get bored.
I throw on whatever extra veggies I have laying around. Add a string cheese and a piece of fruit and I'm good to go!

Stacy said...

String cheese and baby carrots are two of my kids' favorite snacks/meal additions!

The Scott's said...

Hmmm, I'm going to have the same problem. My twins are going to start MDO after Labor Day andI've been wondering what I'm going to pack in their lunches that are healthy and easy for them to eat? Juicy Juice just might make it in their little lunch kits now!

J Whitlark said...

Carrot sticks are wonderful!

Little Dude's Mama said...

My daughter loves 'faces' at snack time- bananas with peanut butter and raisins on top!

The Glenn Gang said...

I use Juicy Juice and string cheese every day!

Anonymous said...

I have 3 kids in school and I love to pack go-gurts. Great idea on the juice.

Bridget

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mhuffman said...

Well, we aren't exactly school age at only 21 months. But when I do pack a lunch, I like to put in string cheese, fresh fruit, whole wheat crackers, etc.

grammy said...

Cereal bars are always a healthy treat for lunch snacks

The McCarter Family said...

Bananas, apples, raisins, sugar-free jello or pudding, or baked chips (not all at the same time ofcouse). Enjoyed reading your review!

AmazingGreis said...

I don't have kids, but after having surgery 4 weeks ago, my lunches are really healthy. My favorite healthy go to snack is string cheese and fruit. Yum!

Lisa said...

My daughter likes hard boiled eggs, so that makes for something different than PB&J to give her some protein. Of course fruit and cheese and yogurt are all good options too!

Kelly said...

I have 4 boys ages 2, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. My favorite things to send are frozen Go-gurt tubes (they defrost in the lunch box, but are still slushy texture by lunch), string cheese, green and red grapes (I usually put these on a blunt ended kabob stick and rotate colors...they look cool and the boys eat them better that way). On days when the boys are tired of sandwiches I throw in a tortilla, banana, and a single serving of honey for them to add at lunch time. Another one of their favorites is to heat chicken nuggets in the morning then wrap them in foil and place in an insulated container. Then I either send a container of BBQ sauce from McDonalds or Ketchup from Whataburger (they are in little containers that are easy to dip and not messy) depending on the child.

amy said...

we love Juicy Juice!! Even before I had kids, I'd buy it for ME! :)
some healthy yummy treats for my kids- grapes or berries and cucumbers and red bell peppers! These two year old LOVE their fruits and veggies!!

annalee said...

i pack yogurt, applesauce, cheese cubes and whole-grain crackers, berries, or diced fruit!

Mandy said...

My MDO school make it very difficult to take healthy snacks, you can't take grapes, string cheese, raisens, etc. I sent my soon with organic peanut butter and local honey sandwich, veggie chips, and blueberries or organic yogurt. He seems to love it.

Gracie said...

Banana and peanut butter sandwiches are always a big hit!

Lisa said...

My kids are loving the organic fruit strips and turkey wraps right now. We also do the Juicy Juice - great choice and I can usually find it on sale somewhere.

Brittney said...

I don't have any kids... but when I was in school... without fail I remember eating a peanut butter and honey sandwich almost every day :)

Elizabeth said...

string cheese, whole grain goldfish, fruit, carrot sticks, snappea crisps, and hummus!

Shan said...

my son loves us to send in green peas with his lunch

Maggie said...

Juicy Juice is the greatest. My pciky one loves it. Apples and grapes are easy too. My kids love fruit roll ups and gushers!

Catherine said...

Grapes, turkey sandwich (cut with a princess cookie cutter of course!) goldfish, string cheese and juice!! Yummy!

Kristen said...

My kids are fans of juicy juice. Baby carrots, string cheese and fresh fruit go in their lunchboxes, also pretzels and goldfish. They love to pack their own lunch while I assist.

Sharon said...

My boys aren't in school yet, but they like string cheese, grapes, cucumbers, and they love Juicy Juice already!

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Tiffany Norris said...

Love Juicy Juice! And we (big kids) always try to pack at least one piece of fruit. Some weeks we do healthier stuff...other weeks not so much. :)

Beth said...

My son had lunch at preschool. He is a picky eater, but will eat the same thing over amd over. Almost every day was a cheese sandwich(real cheese and whole wheat bread), applesauce(again real- no added sugar) and a hard boiled egg. His teacher always laughed about the egg, but he loves them and they are great source of protein!

Brad and Alyssa said...

My kids love Juicy Juice! I packed one in Blake's lunchbox for summer school everyday! ha ha! :) They fit perfect!! I also like throwing the tubed yogurt into the freezer and the kids LOVE that also. :)

Moore Blessings said...

My 3 year old loves homemade granola bars and any kind of fruit

Terrell said...

OH what a Great giveaway!!! I so hope to win! I send my girly girl to school with Juicy Juice Apple Juice in her lunch pail...she loves it! I've noticed the more involved I let her be in packing her lunch..the more she eats it...sorta pump her up for lunchtime since I'm not there to make sure she eats every bite. :)
Blessings to you *crossing fingers I win*
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Travis and Teresa said...

baby carrots and grapes!
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Anonymous said...

We love juicy juice!

Anonymous said...

I love to pack the individually wrapped apple slices. Good for kiddos and adults alike!

Mom24 said...

Homemade pasta salad--pasta, garbanzo beans, corn, feta a little light caesar dressing.

Sara said...

We make our own trail mix - nuts, seeds, raisins, dry cereal and usually a few chocolate chips!

Anonymous said...

My oldest who will be in pre-k this year likes the all natural applesauce, fresh fruit, sting cheese, yogurt, ritz crackers with cheese. My youngest likes crackers and fresh mandarin orange slices.

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Chela said...

I give my son organic sesame sticks or organic cocoa coconut cookies, which also have no sugar and contain all natural ingredients.

We all love fruit,a snack on it or incorporate it into our meals every day.

The Muñoz Family said...

I always pack fruit, a juicy juice box (Bella loves apple!), and string cheese. Makes a perfect healthy snack!

John and Dell said...

WOW - lots of great ideas here!! I have a 1 and 2 year old and have to pack their lunches for their at home daycare...so nice to see so many ideas as they are hard to come by sometimes. We also enjoy fruit and cheese and they LOVE Juicy Juice...there is always some in the fridge!!!!! Thanks for all the ideas!!

Meredith said...

While my son is too young for me to pack a lunch for when I was packing my own lunch for school then work I loved veggie sticks with hummus, fresh fruit with non-fat yogurt dips, organic cheese squares and wheat crackers

pargirl1434 said...

I love to pack lots of fruits and veggies...and yogurt too!

Brittany said...

we always buy juicy juice b/c my husband insists on 100% juice & i always pack my lunch for work b/c it's cheaper & healthier!

Carolyn said...

We love Ella's Kitchen smoothies--fruits and vegetables in one drink! Cheese sticks, grapes, strawberries and Horizon Milk boxes are our other go to's!

Amber Fishback said...

I always put some kind of fresh fruit in my first grader's lunch. He loves pickles alot also, so thats usually his dessert type thing!! LOL

sl said...

grapes, string cheese and p n butter crackers are a hit with my daughter

Suz said...

veggies, water, & turkey sandwich! Yogurt as something sweet for dessert.

Elizabeth said...

I strap carrots to his granola bar as a reminder to down the healthy stuff before the chocolate chips.

Jenna said...

I love carrot sticks with hummus for dipping!

Jennifer said...

Snacks, string cheese and fresh veggies and fruits are always a fav of ours.

Barbara Manatee said...

My kids love yogurt, string cheese, grapes and carrot sticks. Thankfully their day care provides meals so we don't have to send lunches yet, but soon enough!!

MommyofBoys said...

We love doing trail mix and fresh cut veggies!

lovinsanta said...

I try to pack turkey, cheese, grapes or carrots in their lunch sacks. If I do a sweet it is usually the 100 calorie packs of something.

Heather

Jodi said...

I have an 19 month old and am always looking for new ideas - so thank you! I've gotten a lot of new ones from the comments. Love your writing style and your kids are getting so big and still getting cuter by the day!

A staple for my son's lunch is a portable pack of yogurt covered raisins. A cold grilled bologna and cheese is also always a hit. (He recently had his very 1st juice box which was a Juicy Juice :) and loved it!!!)

Thanks! jomicheleb2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

carrot/celery bites, frozen gogurt (they thaw by lunch but are still cold and a bit slushy).

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Anonymous said...

I use string cheese, Fruit leather and Ocean spray cranraisins.

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Aubrey said...

Fresh fruit is the way to go for our house. My 16 month old can eat a hold package of blue berries or grapes if I let her. And frozen fruit is awesome for "out of season" fruit. Throw some in a tubberware container or snack bag and I'm good to go for my "teacher's style" lunch.

Lee Ann said...

I don't have kids of my own but taught 3 year old preschool for years. Typical lunches were cheese, apple sauce, gold fish, yogurt, pretzels, lunch meat, lunchables etc. I think those toddler lunchables are so cute!
We had a small group and didn't mind microwaving lunches. I don't know about your schools guidelines but we had a lot of kids bring dinner left overs, mac and cheese, etc. too

Angela said...

Ant on a log! Celery filled with creamy peanut butter and raisins on top!

sy said...

i pack bananas because it keeps me full and away from snacks.
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sy said...

i tweeted http://twitter.com/syytta/status/21542583286

Michele said...

Yogurt, raisins, and avocado are Coop's favorites. He always likes to wash it down with a Juicy Juice!!!

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Lori said...

String cheese, fruit and pbj for my kiddos!

Katherine said...

My son starts preschool at the end of the month (yay!) and I plan to pack sliced veggies to dip in low-fat ranch (his favorite), apple slices and yogurt, and turkey & cheese roll-ups.

Matt and Rachel said...

Yum! We love us some Juicy Juice around our house! It's pretty much a staple in my little girls lunch box! We're tried (and love) every flavor...even my picky 3 year old likes them all!

I try to pack something from each food group in her lunch & this makes that even easier. :) Some of our other favs are: PBJs, squeeze yogurt, kiwi, turkey/cheese rollups.

mattandrachelwilson@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I pack turkey and cheese, a fruit of some sort and normally a water bottle. This is for my lunch as a college student on the run most of the day. haha! Juicy Juice sounds like a great option im going to check it out.

Ashton
abeaver@harding.edu

TXSkipper said...

My kids are fruit lovers here, but our sandwiches are unique as my boy prefers them without bread!

Brandy said...

My kids love apples slices & peanut butter

shelly said...

We love to pack fruits and cheese :)

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ashley said...

We love to pack all sorts of healthy snacks like baby carrots and hummus to dip in, whole wheat tortillas with turkey and cheese, fresh fruit cut up, raisin boxes, and organic yogurts.
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Anonymous said...

My son likes peanut butter and jelly made with these alphabet jello cut outs I have. So he gets his name (EVAN) made out of a whole sandwich.(4 seperate pieces)People always say what a great idea! He loves juicy juice as well. And pizza goldfish for snack if not a fruit that day.

Lissa said...

Love, love, love juicy juice - i usually freeze them and they are still chilled for lunch time. The kids just found gogurt and I will start putting that in their lunch as well. I also put in a half of string cheese with about 10 grapes. My kids aren't big lunch eaters, so I try to put a lot of small finger foods, so they can snack on.

Stephanie said...

My 2 year old loves hummus and pita bread.

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atate said...

I packed my daughter's first preschool lunch yesterday: frozen peas, grapes, yogurt, sliced turkey, and bread. She ate everything but the bread, which is much better than she does at home. Yay for social eating!

Jen R said...

Love your blog. My twin three year olds will be starting preschool this fall too. So excited! They love dried cranberries as a snack.

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ashley said...

Though my 2 year old isn't starting school we still do healthy snacks throughout the day. One of his (and my) favorites is cheese cubes and grape "k-bobs". Just thread grapes and cheese on a plastic coffee stirrer and voila! So yummy and FUN and healthy!

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Anonymous said...

In my little boys lunch box, he pretty much gets the same thing every day. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a gogurt, Juicy Juice juice box, applesauce, fresh fruit - usually watermelon and blueberries this time of year - granola bar, and raisins. Every day he comes home with at least one thing he hasn't eaten but he has the choice what he gets during the day. Packing his lunch was one of my biggest fears of switching him to a daycare/preschool from an in home daycare where she provided lunch for him.

Whitney
wittdogg1@aol.com

Amber said...

WE love cheese, any kinds of fruit and go-gurt! :)

Molly said...

Hummus goes in my 3 year old daughters preschool lunch box as a "side". She dips crackers or carrots in it.

I also sprinkle some ground flax seed on her sandwich for added nutrition. She can't taste it or see it (I put it on the mayo before the meat goes on top).

Cortney said...

raw carrots...mmm!

Emily said...

I put Jiff To Go peanut better and apples. My daughter asks for them everyday!

Susan said...

My girls love Juicy Juice! I always pack some sort of fruit...usually grapes or a banana.

Rachel said...

Turkey roll ups, pretzels, fruit and homemade granola are my son's favorites.

beth said...

I do home daycare and our favorite snack is raisins or grapes! I will definitely try the Juicy Juice boxes now!

Jessica said...

Luckily my son LOVES FRUIT!!! He could eat grapes, kiwi, strawberries...any of them all day long!

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Tracy said...

I always put apples or bananas in for my kiddos.

Anonymous said...

thankfully my son loves cheese and fruit, so I make sure I always have those on hand for snacks.

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Kristen said...

I have my first child on the way, so I don't know what it's like to try to pack healthy lunches yet. But I know I would pack some fruit in there - probably some grapes or an apple.

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Kaye said...

frozen GoGurt and raisins. my first graders love them both.

Kaye

KSDallas said...

My daughter is going to be 15 in a few weeks. Thankfully she had a good foundation as a baby/toddler. She drinks a lot of milk, eats most kinds of veggies and doesn't drink soda.

Jess said...

I don't pack my three childrens lunch as I homeschool them. However we still want healthy food to eat. I am very picky about what they eat, here are some great finds that I have find.

Juicy Juice boxes (your review hit the nail right on the head)
Cheese sticks
Welch's Fruit Snacks (made with real fruit, No preservatives)These are like gummies but healthier and taste much better.
Peanut Butter Crackers, you can buy them with whole wheat crackers, the peanut butter gives the kids energy.
Apple & Carmel packs (I don't know what these are really called, they are over in the produce section at Wal-Mart)

Kim Murray said...

Unfortunately, my kids are past the stage of me packing their lunches or trying to hide the veggies, but I love fresh fruit and yogurt in my own lunch.

Anonymous said...

Hummus and whole grain bread for dipping! tjwallace04 at gmail dot com

Krystyn said...

I don't have to pack my kids' lunch, but I do mine. I always strive for a fruit and a vegetable.

Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Throw This Mom a Bone said...

I have a KG'er and a 1st grader this year, so lunch is a challenge. I try to send a little bit of a lot of things and I try to keep it mostly healthy. Today was cheese cubes, cinnamon-raisin bread, yogurt, an apple, crackers, small cup of water, and a few mini marshmallows. :)

Suzanne said...

I love to pack my three kids healthy snacks. Fruit, veggies. I'm trying not to pack the processed junk!

Anonymous said...

I have 5 kids, 3 in school (5th, 3rd, & 1st grades). I don't always pack their lunches, but when I do, I try to keep it healthy & go beyond the basic PB&J. When they do have sandwiches, it's always on wheat bread which is much better than white. Their favorite, though, is when I pack a yogurt (usually squeezable yogurt tubes that have been frozen), fruits, string cheese and a bread like a mini bagel.

Heather
mac_heather @ att.net

Anonymous said...

My yr. old twins love fruit and their new fav. is hummus!

jatutton@yahoo.com
Jessica Rainey:)

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