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Maryann says ...
My son LOVES the samples at WFM, so it that spirit ... roll up a slice of fave lunch meat with fave cheese on top. Insert (wheat) pretzel sticks into (and through the opposite side of) the roll (an inch apart) and slice the 1-inch pieces to create a meat/cheese pinwheel with a pretzel 'toothpick'. Add fruit/s and veggie/s.
08/10/2012 9:25:48 PM CDT
nancy says ...
I would love to have seen the looks on my son's faces if I'd have sent them to school with a lunch containing pickled okra and smoked salmon!
08/13/2012 12:42:04 PM CDT
Tressa says ...
My son has nut allergies but we're able to use soy nut butter. It's a great alternative for nut-free schools.
08/16/2012 9:11:06 AM CDT
nikki.newman says ...
@GERI - I have listed a few ideas here for you! - Rice Paper Rainbow Wraps: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/3315 - Deli-Style Ham Roll-Ups: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/11 - Chicken Dippers Lunch: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/1110 Let us know how you enjoy these recipes!
08/16/2012 1:48:20 PM CDT
kate says ...
I love these lunch ideas..ever think of packing sushi for your older ones?
08/17/2012 8:21:15 AM CDT
John says ...
How hard is this
08/17/2012 8:58:49 AM CDT
Tofu Mom (Marti) says ...
I've been packing lunches for 17 years, I just realized today - and at least 7 more to go.(Suddenly I feel tired). Some great suggestions here (though the title is totally misleading since two meals are repeats!) I agree with the bento boxes and letting kids get involved. Sometimes a "salty" component like pickles or olives has really worked to kick-start my kids' appetites it seems. We wouldn't eat plain pickles (or pickled asparagus, okra, green beans, etc) at home but a couple slices to snack on in a lunch box seems to be a huge hit! We do home versions of those wretched "lunchables" with cheeses of their choice or smoked/marinated tofu cubes and veggies like cucumbers and thin carrot slices instead. While the nut butter issue is a concern, there are often alternatives like soy-nut butter and sunflower-seed butter that many schools now allow.
08/23/2012 3:29:51 PM CDT
Nikki says ...
Sun-butter ( made from sunflower seeds) is a great substitute for peanut butter.
08/23/2012 10:53:52 PM CDT
Beatrice Lawson says ...
Every time I start reading a blog post dealing with nutritious lunches I am full of hope, and every time by the end of it all I m disappointed. Three days including peanut butter and almond butter. Even if my child liked nut butters - which he does not - as far as I know at this point all the schools in our province are nut free environments. Not only that even things like crackers have to be certified nut free... add to that a child who feels meh about cheese and won't touch hummus and you are left with zero ideas. Now - I understand that cheese and hummus are big staples and my child being finicky is my problem, but I keep hoping someone will post some more diverse ideas.
09/04/2012 7:03:53 PM CDT
Kyla says ...
You have some good ideas, but you seem to be completely out of touch with the nut-free environment of most schools today.
09/04/2012 9:55:14 PM CDT
Valencia says ...
I'd love to know which school this mom sends her kids to with all these nut products! What about the children with peanut/ nut allergies?
09/04/2012 10:46:34 PM CDT
Randy says ...
You clearly DON'T have a picky eater! The veggies and sandwich/quesadilla would return uneating in my house. Plus so many schools prevent peanut and other nut butters due to allergies. Not superhelpful, sorry.
10/03/2012 6:17:37 PM CDT
Nicole says ...
@Emily, I would love to get the mini meatball recipe!
11/25/2012 10:17:13 PM CST
Lerato says ...
Hi there, I'm a working mom with a 6 year old boy who has just started school. He has to pack his own lunch. Problem is ,he's allergic to eggs and peanuts and is sensitive to wheat. Can u you please help with lunch box ideas. Kind Regards. Lerato.
01/09/2013 3:31:38 AM CST
Heather says ...
Love the ideas! Would like more without cheese though as my daughter has a sensitivity to dairy. Trying to find products she'll love, without her missing her dairy is extremely hard.
08/14/2013 4:34:15 PM CDT
Laurie says ...
Check out JJ virgins diet And the Wheat belly book
08/14/2013 9:48:45 PM CDT
Jena says ...
Love, love, love the ideas!!!! Yes my son has nut allergies but there are so many other options out there. We can still send these type of lunches using products like Wowbutter (nutrition provided better than PB) Sunbutter, Biscoff (one of our favorites). With just a little imagination you can have a weeks full of different sandwiches/lunches or even 2 weeks where you don't repeat and who doesn't love that. As another reader said "I hope a child's life is more important to every parent than a Peanut butter and Jelly sandwich".
09/29/2013 6:52:48 AM CDT
Angelica says ...
This is perfect! As a 21year old working full time and on the weekends, this is simple and just what i was looking for while adjusting to a busy week resorting to take out for any kind of nutritional intake. Kudos!
12/19/2013 7:17:23 PM CST
Heather says ...
I see people put smoked salmon, cheese, boiled eggs, yogurt in kids lunches, but I'm always worried that it will go bad because it is not refrigerated. I put the ice packs in the lunchbox, but it does not keep it cold enough. I'm I worried about nothing? I don't want my child to get sick because of safe handling of food.
01/18/2014 2:39:21 PM CST
chloe says ...
These sound like really good lunch ideas, but do you know of any vegan lunches that a middle school student could pack? I can never think of anything besides veggies with hummus or salad.
05/03/2014 7:39:07 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHLOE - Here are some great vegan sandwich ideas that could work for lunch! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/search/%20?f[0]=field_special_diet%3A158786&f[1]=field_recipe_course%3A803
05/06/2014 12:03:05 PM CDT

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