Without a single fuss or quarrel to be heard this morning, my kiddos were up and ready on time for their first day back to school. We managed to have lunches packed, breakfast cooked and eaten and pictures made with five minutes to spare.
I spent half of my morning at work waiting on something catastrophic to occur, but somehow we survived the first day of school without a single incident.
It’s so hard to comprehend that all three of my children are in high school this year! Bradley is a Freshman, Madeline a Sophomore and MacKenzie Grace a senior.
(insert a few tears here)
I found myself quite tickled this morning when MacKenzie Grace posed for her traditional First Day picture that she posed with her lunchbox.
It isn’t the first time she’s done that!
We have packed a lot of lunches over the years!
Let’s face it, school food isn’t alway healthy, appetizing or filling. Packing my kids lunches has saved a lot of heartache over the years as they are always satisfied with what they have to eat and rarely come home hungry.
Since children everywhere are headed back to the classrooms in the coming days, I thought it would be fun do a round-up of some of our favorite breakfasts & lunches that I’ve posted on the blog before to enjoy throughout the year, as well as our favorite healthy snacks that complete a meal. If there is one thing I have learned over the years, the easier you make it, the easier it is on you, & planning ahead will save you a lot of heartache!
Hopefully you’ll find a little back-to-school meal inspiration here!
Just click each picture and it’ll take you straight to the link with the recipe!
Easy peasy and no searching for you!
No First Day of School is complete in our house without chicken salad. This delicious recipe is one that I adapted from a Biltmore Estate cookbook over 10 years ago and has made for some very happy children over the years. To them it would truly be a tragedy if I didn’t have this ready for their lunch boxes.
Not that my kids are dramatic or anything.
I love to fix muffins for all occasions. These work perfectly for a warm breakfast, an accompaniment to lunch or alone as a quick snack.
Another favorite treat are these fabulous Banana-Nut muffins laced with chocolate chips. I also like this particular recipe as it is grain-free which is wonderful for those who are gluten intolerant or just wanting a differnt texture and flavor. I personally love these!
Kids love granola bars and these homemade bars with just four ingredients allow them to enjoy a treat without Mom worrying about all the extra stuff they are putting into their body. Just remember these don’t set up like store-bought bars, but who cares!!
For dessert try these grain-free chocolate chip cookies. Made with almond and coconut flour my kids love the flavor of these little bites.
Since sports are a regular part of our lifestyle, I often have to put together larger lunches for my kiddos. We try to keep it as healthy as possible, so that I know my kids are being fueled with the best of foods. Often they carry almond butter sandwiches made with 100% whole wheat bread with homemade jam. I have a client who likes to make homemade whole wheat bread, so occasionally I pay her for a couple of loaves for a real treat! Another main course that works great for them is pasta salad made with whole wheat penne, fresh veggies chopped up and diced chicken breast. I make a vinaigrette to toss it all in and they have a balanced carb and protein that is most filling for their lunch.
While this hasn’t always been the case, instead of potato chips, snack crackers, gummies or packaged cookies, now my kids carry fresh fruit, almonds, homemade pita chips & hummus, or salt-free tortilla chips and fresh salsa to accompany their meal. They also love to carry white cheddar cheese.
Packing a delicious lunch that is healthy can be so easy. Hopefully you’ve found a few ideas of you own today to help chase the lunchtime blues away!