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Lunch Prep: Kids Lunch Favorites

I’ve shared How I Stock the Pantry and How I Stock the Lunch Fridge and How I Pack Lunches previously. Today I’m going to share some of my kids’ favorite lunch items with you. Last year I found myself in such a rut with lunch packing. My kids were taking sandwiches or a mix matched assortment of whatever was in the fridge. Nobody was happy, especially since none of them actually like sandwiches in any form. They were coming home hungry and cranky. Very cranky. 

I try to stock a variety of lunch items so there’s something for everyone. We’re lucky that none of our kids have any food allergies or sensitivities but they do have some specific preferences that I accommodate within reason. Such as no sandwiches! I always find it helpful when parents share the items their kids like to pack for lunches because it gives me some new ideas to try that I may not have thought of yet. 

Main dish items:

Pasta salad, macaroni & cheese with hot dogs, Alfredo pasta, Chicken parmesan pasta, spaghetti, eggs & fried rice, white cheddar shells, chicken nuggets, quesadillas, cheese pizza, chicken sandwich, lunchables, P3 packs

Proteins:

Hard-boiled eggs, Tuna salad, chicken salad, Taco meat, Big Mac Burger meat, hard salami sticks, pepperoni slices, snack size crab sticks

Dairy:

Laughing Cow Cheese, String cheese, yogurt, smoothies, cream cheese & bagel chips, cottage cheese

Fruits:

Apple sauce, Apple Slices, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Honey dew, Cherries, Clementines, peaches, plums, yogurt covered raisins or cranberries, grapes, watermelon, pineapple

Veggies:

Baby carrots, sliced peppers, broccoli, celery sticks, cucumber slices, pickles, snap peas

Dips & Spreads:

Hummus, cream cheese, peanut butter, caramel sauce, nutella, ranch dip, cheese dip

Snacks/Carbs:

Bagel chips, cereal bars, crackers, english muffin, goldfish, granola bar, mini bagels, muffins, naan bread dippers, pita chips, popcorn, pretzels, rice cakes, tortilla chips, veggie straws, green pea crisps, 

Treats:

cookies, fruit snacks, pudding, trail mix, brownies

I wanted to give an idea of what a typical lunch looks like for my three kids. These are the lunches they packed each day last week. They all have afterschool activities so they typically pack enough to have a snack in the afternoon. 

Monday-

9th Grade Daughter: Cranberry Chicken Salad & Naan bread dippers, chocolate hummus & strawberries, yogurt, green pea crisps, granola bar

6th Grade Son: Spaghetti, apple slices w/ Peanut butter, string cheese, yogurt, Belvita Breakfast bites, Goldfish

3rd Grade Daughter: Chicken Parmesan pasta, grapes, yogurt, mini muffins

Tuesday-

9th Grade Daughter: Roasted red pepper hummus & wheat thins, apple slices, veggie straws, Nature Valley Almond Biscuit, yogurt

6th Grade Son: Chicken Parmesan pasta, grapes, fruit snack, Goldfish, yogurt, chocolate chip cookie pack

3rd Grade Daughter: Snack size crab sticks, apple slices & caramel sauce,  Laughing cow cheese & Melba toast, Pirates Booty, fruit snack

Wednesday-

9th Grade Daughter: Garden vegetable cream cheese & bagel chips, clementine, rice cakes, Trail mix, Peanut butter filled pretzels

6th Grade Son: Chicken Sandwich, strawberries, yogurt, string cheese, fruit snack, Pirates Booty

3rd Grade Daughter: Chicken Sandwich, clementine, yogurt, string cheese, fruit snack

Thursday-

9th Grade Daughter: Taco meat & tortilla chips, grapes, pickles, Belvita Breakfast bites, granola bar

6th Grade Son: Tuna salad & club crackers, clementine, yogurt, string cheese, Green pea crisps, Belvita breakfast bites

3rd Grade Daughter: Alfredo pasta, strawberries, yogurt, Belvita breakfast bites, granola bar

Friday-

9th Grade Daughter: Laughing cow cheese & celery sticks w/ Everything bagel seasoning, applesauce, Nature Valley Snack Mix, Fiber one bar, cashew pack

6th Grade Son: Cheese pizza, baby carrots & ranch dressing, yogurt, goldfish, chocolate chip cookie pack, fruit snack

3rd Grade Daughter: Cheese pizza, cucumber slices & ranch dressing, yogurt, fruit snack, veggie straws

You can find all the posts in my Meal Planning & Prep and Lunch Planning & Prep series HERE

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