I have recently fallen in love with Easy Lunchboxes.
I am not a fan of tupperware and often throw mine away before having to clean whatever unidentifiable leftover is inside, so packing lunches with a bunch of different containers is not my cup of tea.
Easy Lunchboxes are great because they have 3 compartments and 1 lid. I can fit an entire meal inside 1 Easy Lunchbox and BAM.
Lunch is served.
Ever since I bought my containers, I have been looking for fun and creative ways to fill them.
Note – my boys won’t eat about 95% of the things that I share in this post just in case you are feeling bad about your picky eater, I just really enjoy the visual inspiration (not to mention a few ideas for my own lunches!). Also note – my oldest just informed me this evening that he no longer likes peanut butter which now cuts us down to about 2 different lunchbox options that he will eat. #abouttolosemymind :-)
I hope, however, that some of these ideas will strike a chord with you and give your Happy Buddies something that won’t get traded during the lunch hour.
Following In My Shoes features this yummy lunch with a creative spin on the sandwich – instead of using bread, try a Sandwich on a Stick by threading cheese and meat chunks on a skewer.
Serve with: cherry tomatoes, pretzel crisps, dip, strawberries and apples
I am finding that the smaller I cut broccoli, the more likely the Happy Buddy is to eat it.
I am going to give these Mini Broccoli Quiches from Baked Brie a whirl.
Serve with: blueberries, goldfish crackers, applesauce pouch
It is quite easy to make your own version of a Pizza Lunchable thanks to Momables.
Serve with: grapes
Sometimes just rolling things up in a whole grain wrap will give your Happy Buddy’s lunch just the extra oomph it needs to get out of a rut.
Simple As That featured these delicious wraps (along with 6 other Easy Lunchbox inspirations).
Serve with: Scrabble cheese crackers, cantaloupe and honeydew chunks, carrots and snow peas
How yummy do these Pizza Scrolls from iPackLunch look????
Serve with: mango, snow peas, carrot chips
I am a huge fan of cinnamon raisin anything. These mini cinnamon raisin bagels from Lunch, Snack and Sninner are stuffed with deli ham slices and cream cheese.
Serve with: graham cracker bears, cucumber and hummus, fruit
I love the cute way Meet the Dubiens rocked a blueberry muffin in this simple lunch.
Muffins are a great lunch option because you can hide all kinds of fruits and/or veggies in them.
Serve with: pretzels, kiwi slices, grapes, strawberries
Speaking of muffins, this lunch from 100 Days of Real Food features a whole spelt flour muffin that has zucchini in it. Mmmmm.
Serve with: egg salad, frozen peas, whole grain crackers, berry/yogurt/spinach smoothie pop
**And if you want to know how to pack a smoothie (hint – it’s in that funny-looking green thing), check out THIS POST for her tips.**
Sometimes all you need is some cool looking bread and a fun sandwich cutter like this one from Mamabelly.
Serve with: apple slices, popcorn
Finally, I thought these little Corn Dog Cupcakes from Following In My Shoes were too cute (and this particular recipe is gluten-free!).
Serve with: sauce for dipping, cheese cubes, apple chunks, snow peas
Be sure to check out all of the websites listed in this post for even MORE simple Easy Lunchbox inspirations!
**You can find Easy Lunchbox Compartmentalized Food Storage Containers on Amazon.**
Happy Easy Lunchbox-ing! :-)