Lunch Box Tips From The Real Experts – Moms

Each week I share a recap of the lunch that I packed for my son at daycare during the previous week. My hope in sharing this journey is to build a supportive community for parents who are focused on feeding nutritional, real food to their children, setting them up for success. By building a community, we can learn from each other. Lunch packing is an evolving process. Not one of us has it all figured out (despite how it comes across).

I decided it was time to get another perspective of how to pack a successful lunch. I recently reached out to some of my favorite bloggers and individuals who inspire me daily. I wanted to find out how they pack a great lunch for their kids. Below you will find a recap of each individual and their top tip for success. Also, if you haven’t already, check out their websites for awesome tips, recipes, and insight into living a more natural life. I have made it super simple and included a link to each of their websites next to their name. Enjoy!

“I make sure school lunches are varied – mix it up with hot lunches and cold, finger food lunches. I try to make lunches fun and colorful and I always include a treat. Best tip though, try to think in food groups like: protein, good fat, quality carbohydrates OR fruit, vegetable, diary, protein, grains.”

“I pack their lunch every morning and it ALWAYS includes a mix of veggies (carrots, celery, bell pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and sugar snap peas). And a mix of fruit; dependent on season. I try to make it as colorful as possible. I also pack either a turkey sandwich on thin One Bun bread or sunbutter and jelly with cut up turkey on the side. Goal is to always get some protein in them.”
Annie Sakamoto, CrossFit Athlete

“We only keep clean, colorful foods in the house.”

“Well my number 1 tip would be to make the lunchbox up the night before. And preferably make it while you make dinner – so put food into the lunchbox almost like its other dinner plate – or do it after with the leftovers. If you’re not into using dinner type foods the lunch box (which I highly recommend that would be another tip – use leftovers!) then you can still have foods prepared and in the fridge – like cut veggies, cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese, salad, fruit and from pantry nuts, seeds etc.
Another tip I’d say don’t worry about being boring! You can give very similar foods each day. But do have variety in the lunchbox. Different types of foods (carbs, proteins, healthy fats), different colours, different shapes and textures.”
Claire Deeks,

“I allow my kids (ages 10 & 12) to have a choice with their lunch. Because they don’t have reactions to gluten, I sometimes allow them to buy school lunch, which let’s them feel “in control” of their food choices. We are a 100% gluten free household and I cook 95% of our meals from scratch, so the kids understand that school lunch food is a treat and not necessarily the healthiest options compared to my cooking. When packing their lunch, I allow them to choose. My daughter loves to come shopping with me, so she picks out her favorite items herself. I think my #1 tip is to be sure to have a good source of protein, fat and carbs in there. Most of the packed school lunches I see are pretty low in protein and fat.”
Diana Rodgers,

“Number 1 tip to packing a successful school lunch – We keep it simple. We choose items based on what our daughter wants. As much as I want her eating 100% the way I think she should, it’s not sustainable and makes food restrictive and negative. We work together on choosing and always doing the best we can and lunches go great.”

“I let my kids pick their own fresh produce each day. My oldest and youngest LOVE fruit but my middle child is a veggie girl. So I let her pick something like cucumbers or carrots while the other two pick a peach, plum, apple, or strawberries. Autonomy really helps ensure they eat what they help pack.”
Jennifer Robins,