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Real Food Series: Lunchbox Inspiration to Start the School Year Right

Build Your Own Lunchable

Welcome to the first installment of a brand new series you will be seeing once a week for the next six weeks thanks to the National Watermelon Promotion Board!  School is starting in just a couple of weeks here and back to school time always means we find ourselves in a whirlwind of meetings, activities, open houses, back to school shopping, and did I mention exhaustion?

The year is only beginning and we are already worn out and then there are the {lalalala *fingers in my ears*}….MORNINGS.  You know the routine, get the kids up, fix some breakfast, check the fridge, think {need a cup of coffee}, check the fridge hoping for a lunch to appear, think, pack a lunch{or two or three} and cross your fingers that the kids will eat it.

I’m here to help you with several lunchbox ideas that meet all the important criteria:

  1. healthy
  2. hits all the food groups
  3. EASY
  4. the kids will LOVE it

This first idea is so easy it’ll blow your mind and it is high up on the “kids will love it” category.   Lunchables.  And, I’m not talking about the overly processed {and need we say overpriced} store bought ones.  I’m talking about the kind you put together with REAL food ingredients that you can mostly assemble the night before!

watermelon lunchable

What kid doesn’t love a lunchable?  And, unlike some of the store bought counterparts, this one includes real fruits and veggies – including the all time kid pleasing WATERMELON!  And, to shake it up just a bit more, we’re not just putting in some deli meat, we’re making nitrate-free turkey and cream cheese roll ups {turkey is but one of the many type of deli meat choices – use your kid’s favorite.  Look for nitrate free options as they are widely available now}.

cream cheese and lunch meat roll up

To make the lunch meat and cream cheese roll up, all you do is smear a bit of cream cheese right down the center of the meat and then roll it up jelly roll style.  Slice each piece into bite sized pieces and skewer on toothpicks or other food picks if you desire.

For this lunch I chopped watermelon into bite sized cubes, sliced some grass-fed, organic cheddar cheese into pieces, made the turkey roll ups, and popped it in the fridge the night before.  The next morning, before sending the kids off, pop in a few crackers, some raisins, and maybe some baby carrots with dip and a bottle of water and you’ve hit all the food groups and some.  Healthy and it hit all the food groups…CHECK!

But will the kids love it?  YES!  My kids love anything they get to make all by themselves and this meal gives them all the power: will I eat my crackers with cheese and watermelon or eat the watermelon separate?  Will I add the turkey to the cracker or not?  The combinations are endless and the dishes will come back spotless.

Stay tuned for next week’s Lunchbox Inspiration: Sweet & Sour Chicken Sliders! 

Until then, check out the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s recipe box – they have lots of great inspiration for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Go find something new to try out this week!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I have been provided with compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post for the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  Participation is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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  1. What is this nifty lunch box you have??? I would LOVE to get one of these but I wouldn’t even begin to know where to look!

  2. Lorri Witvoet says:

    Where do you find the metal container for the lunchable

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