Yumbox Kids Lunch Ideas
Try These Fun Lunch Ideas
I have to say I’m so excited about these new Yumbox’s. When I first received them I thought they were small, but after putting all the different foods in the compartments, I was wowed! I felt like getting more creative, and rotating more of a variety of foods daily.
Also, I bought the Yumbox Insulated Sleeve Lunch Bag. It’s sleek, and fits perfectly into the kids backpacks. There’s some extra space inside to add utensils, napkins, and an extra snack if needed. Haha, my boys can eat all day.
I have to say my favorite part of the bento box concept is no more snack bags. Everyday when I packed their lunches I was so conscious of using those little plastic baggies. They’re so bad for the environment. In preschool I never used plastic bags, because I would just label their container’s and they wold always make it back home. When they started elementary school, I would label the containers and they would never return home. It started to get a little pricey for those BPA free containers, and that’s when I started to use the baggies. They were very easy and convenient, but my guilt got the best of me. I’m so glad it did! That’s when I wanted to try the bento boxes, and really liked the Yumbox. They had fun colors, and I only wanted the 3 larger compartments. Happy, happy, 🙂
Since I pretty much live int he kitchen, I decided I’m going to post some ideas for the kids lunches in the Yumbox.
Black Bean Burrito with Brown Rice
This is a very easy lunch to put together. I used a whole grain tortilla, black beans and Mexican blend of cheeses. Rolled it up in foil, to keep it warm longer. (Hopefully) I made a brown rice, adding some of the black beans, and topped with the same cheese. I always add a vegetable to their lunches, and they love broccoli. Also, I cut the apples into bite size pieces, and squeezed a little lemon juice on them to keep from turning brown. And, for a treat I add a couple little oatmeal cookies and banana chips. You can’t fit much into the little round compartment but it’s just enough to give them a treat. This way they eat all the healthy food!
Vegetable Bacon Quiche
Brody absolutely loves quiche. He calls it “egg pie”, and always asks me to make it. If you make what they love, then it keeps them interested in good food, and learning to make it.
In this Vegetable Bacon Quiche we used, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, bacon, and Gruyere cheese. Although the quiche is loaded with veggies, I still added some extra cucumbers, and cantaloupe cut into dolphins. I purchased these cute little cutters in different animals, so this day it was dolphins. the cantaloupe is very easy to use with the cutters. I make it a point to rotate fruits and veggies everyday, so they don’t get board.
Spinach & Cheese Tortellini with Turkey Meatballs
Spinach tortellini is great because the veggies are already in the meal. (From Trader Joe’s) I made turkey meatballs, in which I add a lot of veggies to that (kale, spinach, tomatoes, carrots), and cut into small pieces. This Yumbox came home empty!
Chicken Pasta Salad
This is the first time I made this for the kids lunches, and I was very happy with the turnout. This lunch is so healthy! It has everything in it, like carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, red onion, black olives, grilled chicken, and topped with feta cheese. Even the pasta is made of Organic Tri-Color Spelt Rotini. (From Sprout’s)
I made a little extra for my lunch today, Yum!!
And for a treat, Brody and I made Oatmeal cookies. Although they have sugar in them, we did use as minimal as possible so they didn’t end up tasting like wood. LOL