Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lunch Box Ideas List




Since we are on break I have been only thinking about packed lunches and not making any. I feel like I am going to need a little inspiration when school starts up again, so I looked through a bunch of my past lunch photos and wrote down a list of items by category that I can put on the fridge for inspiration. Instead of staring at the fridge and cupboards for 5 minutes on those less than creative mornings, I can glance at my list and see what I have on hand. It's also going to be useful when I am working on my weekly grocery shopping list. 

Lunch Box Ideas

Protein:

  • Boiled egg / egg salad
  • Nuts – almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hummus
  • lunch meat – ham, chicken, turkey, roast beef
  • Tuna
  • Chicken Salad
  • Leftovers from dinner – chicken, turkey, beef
  • Beans – kidney, black eyed peas, black beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Homemade chicken nuggets
  • Taco Meat
  • Meatballs
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Sliced mozzarella, provolone, Colby jack, cheddar, Swiss, Muenster
  • Cubed cheddar
  • Mini BabyBel
  • Laughing Cow Wedges
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Neufchatel & Cream cheese
  • String Mozzarella

Veggies:

  • Lettuce / Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Bell pepper strips
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Snap Peas
  • Celery
  • Radishes
  • Salsa
  • Pickles
  • Beets
  • Olives

Grains / carbs:

  • Whole grain bread / rolls
  • Crackers – club, Ritz, butterfly
  • Pretzels
  • Flour tortillas/wraps
  • Pita bread
  • Mini pita pockets
  • Croissants
  • Pita Chips
  • Taco Shells
  • Tortilla chips
  • Pasta / Pasta Salad
  • Rice
  • Popcorn
  • Rice cakes
  • Potato salad
  • Muffins & mini muffins  – sweet or savory
  • Graham Crackers
  • Cheesy Crackers (goldfish, bunnies)
  • Granola Bar / Granola
  • Stuffed Biscuits – pizza, chicken pot pie

Fruit:

  • Grapes
  • Honeydew melon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Clementines & Tangerines
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Navel Orange wedges
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pineapple
  • Loquats
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Berries
  • Peaches – fresh or canned
  • 100% Fruit spread
  • Dried fruit – raisins, cranberries, apricots

If you would like a handy list for your fridge, click the link below. It prints on one page.


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