Guide to Back to School lunches

The month of August is officially the month of Back to School! Can you believe that June and July are over? Now, it’s time to gear up for back to school season! The hardest part about back to school is finding the time for healthy back to school lunches! The hardest part is… getting everything from the grocery store! Here’s a guide for both you and your kids to get the BEST ingredients at the grocery store to have to best school lunches. Ditch those cheetos and pretzels, healthy meal prep lunches are the way of the future and your kids deserve to have great tasting food that will leave them with natural energy all day long! We’ve also added some great recipes for lunches and breakfast for your kiddos. Don’t forget, we’ve also added our favorite eco friendly supplies to help get your kids off to school and making a difference in our environment!

Here’s our ‘back to school’ grocery list


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Fruits & Veggies:

Fruits and veggies are a perfect addition for any lunch. From sliced bell peppers and cucumbers to snacking on mixed berries. Fruits and veggies are the perfect way for your kids to snack of something that’s good for you!

  • Sliced apples

  • Mixed berries

  • Sliced cucumbers

  • Sliced carrots

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Celery

  • Avocados

Please note: there are many sugary fruits out there, try to stay away from fruits that are high in sugar like:

  1. Grapes. One cup of grapes has about 23 grams of sugar.

  2. Cherries. A cup of cherries has 18 grams of sugar

  3. Pears. One medium pear has 17 grams of sugar.

  4. Watermelon. A wedge of watermelon has 17 grams of sugar.

Protein:

Protein is an important part of ones meal. It is important to note that not all protein is created equal. Buying organic, grass fed meat is extremely important and makes a huge difference. For those who don’t eat meat, it is important to get your protein from others sources like nuts and beans!

Ora Organic

Plant based protein powder for smoothies.

 
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Wild Planet Tuna

Tuna salad, Tuna sandwich, etc.

 
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Vital Farms

homemade hard boiled eggs, egg salad, etc.

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Grass fed jerky

Maui Nui Venison

 
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Epic Provisions

 
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Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas with salt, homemade hummus, etc.

Turkey

Turkey sandwich, wrapped turkey with veggies & cheese, etc.

Snacks:

Snacks for kids can be difficult, especially for picky eaters… but there are GREAT snacks out there! You’d be surprised at how many snacks your kids will like if you just have some help. One of our favorite brands, Simple Mills, has some great options. We believe finding great brands is important and when you do, it makes finding healthy snack options easier!

Made in Nature Kale Chips

 
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Siete foods grain free chips

 
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kite hill

 
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Hope foods

 
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Simple mills

 
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Kerrygold cheddar cheese

Seaweed chips

Mixed nuts


Sweet treats:

Sweet treats easily are everyone’s favorites but now reward your kids at lunch with something less toxic. Here are our favorite sweet treats for your kiddos… and for us too!

Siggi’s yogurt

 
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Perfect bar

 
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Homemade lunch prep Recipes:

Roasted sweet potatoes fries

 
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By Gimmie Some Oven

 

Fun infused water instead of soda

 
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By Don’t Play Full

 

Homemade Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Balls

 
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By Choosing Chia

 

Overnight oats

 
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By Life Made Sweeter

 

Overnight chia bowls

 
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By Simple Vegan Blog

 

Homemade cheeze its

 
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By The Vida Well

 

Spring rolls

 
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by Girlfriend is better

 

Garlic Roasted Chickpeas

 
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By Spoonful of Kindness

 

Lunchbox essentials:

Stasher bags

 
 

Bee’s wraps Sandwich wrap

 
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Marlowe Lunch Bag, Waxed Canvas Lunch Tote, Reusable Zero Waste Lunch Sack

 
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By Peg and Awl

 

Eco Lunch Boxes

 
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Laura McIntosh