August 28, 2014
Back in the 80’s when I went to school the lunch boxes sure were somethin’ special. Pacman, Star Trek ,the Fonz, Care Bears, Gremlins, Fraggle Rock, The Smurfs….the list goes on…
These days, boy have things changed. With the extensive knowledge and awareness we all have for food, chemicals in food and organic eating, it’s no longer about the lunch box but what’s inside it that matters.
My friend Ilana of Mommy Shorts recently wrote a blog post about Mighty Nest. I was immediately drawn to their products as I was in the midst of preparing my son for Kindergarten which starts next week (gasp!). He will now need to bring lunch daily which is new in our home since he was never at school over lunch time during his preschool days.
I’m nervous and excited about sending him with lunch daily. Nervous because I have so little time as it is I fear I will have trouble coming up with creative and delicious ideas for food to send him to school with daily. However excited to be able to send him to school with healthy meals and probably little notes so he doesn’t forget me during the day (ha!).
Mighty Nest does not only make products that look adorable but they have the most incredible mission statement. They pledge to keep my family safe with toxin free products and when I placed my order they donated 15% of my purchase to my son’s public school. That was SO cool!
Now the challenge is the meals…
Today I played around with a few ideas to get myself ready for school next week so I wouldn’t be scrambling when I have to crack down and actually send him off with daily meals.
The lunch “bot” that I ordered has dividers to separate foods which makes it super easy for me to come up with ways to fill especially when thinking about color to make the box look appealing when opened. I also turned to the trusty cheat sheet that Mighty Nest sent out in a recent email that made lunch so much easier to put together. Choose one item from each category below and boo-yah.
The best part about this little cheat sheet is my lil man shares my love of food. When I showed this to him he got super excited and wanted to be involved in choosing the food from each category to build his lunches. Well that certainly makes life easy. And to top that off…he loves making his lunch with me! From picking tomatoes out of our garden to cutting cheese into the shape of ducks…he does it all. Seems as though this won’t be as difficult as I thought it would be. Yay!
Ok so here’s what we’ve got…you ready?
Lunch #1: Hippo shaped sandwich of hummus and avocado, all dressed pretzel chips, sliced cucumbers and a tomato & duck shaped mozzarella salad. In the awesome “Lunchskin” which is a reusable snack pack (great for the environment!) we filled it up with cheddar popcorn, my son’s favorite food to nosh on.
Lunch #2: Bowtie pasta with basil tomato sauce (truth be told these were leftovers. So what?!), blueberries, sun kissed cherry tomatoes and lentil crackers topped with bunny shaped muenster cheese. To snack: cheddar cheese puffs.
Lunch #3: Flower shaped raisin bread sammies filled with strawberry cream cheese, raspberries, black grapes and peanut butter panda puffs. To snack: honey mustard veggie straws.
I’m not gonna lie to you…I’m kinda jealous. I want these FABULOUS lunches made for me daily! No one sends me to work with lunches like this, that’s for sure!
Ok now I need your help guys…I have to do this 5 days a week for the next 9 months! AH! How the heck will I keep thinking of fun, healthy, appealing to a 5 year old, ideas?! Please please tell me your school lunch secrets! I need all the help I can get.
Oh, and don’t think I didn’t order this tank top to kick the school year off….because I did. I heart you J.Crew.