Do you remember your school lunch? Juice boxes, ziploc baggies with cookies, fruit cups, and PB and J wrapped in tin foil. Sometimes my mom would write me a note on my paper towel. I loved these. She was always doing sweet things like that.
I came across a picture of me starting Grade One in 1984 (!!) carrying my Cabbage Patch lunchbox. Fancy!
I wish I was the mom who wrote cute notes and creatively curated lunches for my kids all school year long. But, it’s not me. Every September, I rally and start out strong. Cute sandwiches, roll-ups, fruit kabobs, and more are carefully organized into their litterless lunch gear. But, inevitably I fall back to the regular ol’ lunch grind.
This year, I want it to be different.
That’s why I’m instituting a school lunch meal plan. If I don’t know what I’m doing, I end up furiously scouring the pantry and fridge to create too many “picnic style” lunches. An odd mix of whatever fruits, veggies, and protein we have available tossed into their litterless lunch gear. Or I revert to bagels and cream cheese. My kids would eat these every day. For real.
With both our boys in full-day school this fall, I’ve got to take control. The main portion of their lunch is where I struggle the most. So when I partnered with Funkins to create a litterless lunch post, I was inspired to make this year’s lunches the best! Their reusable eco-friendly cloth napkins are a great addition to my kids litterless lunch gear. Funkins help makes my commitment to be paper-towel free even easier.
To get some inspiration, I invited a few friends over for a picnic style get-together to discuss our favourite litterless lunch ideas. The Funkins napkins doubled as our plates. You can see what we were up to over on Instagram.
Here’s what my quick and easy healthy lunch plan looks like so far.
Mondays: Mini-Salad. Greens paired with seeds (pumpkin or hemp), and fruits or vegetables. I’ll usually skip the dressing by adding juicy fruits or vegetables, or feta cheese on occasion.
Tuesdays: Hardboiled eggs paired with crackers. I’m already tired by Monday night. This is easy and my kids like it. Also, how perfect is this cloth napkin for the hockey fan?!
Wednesdays: Cheese and veggie roll-ups. This would be a simple way to use up leftover veggies from weekend omelets.
Thursdays: Reverse sandwiches. Cucumber and cheese or apples and butter sprinkled with dried fruit and seeds. Both my boys love peanut butter but we since we want to keep kids at school safe we avoid it. We’ll use seed or WOW butter. Sprinkle the apples with a bit of cinnamon if your child won’t eat them if they look brown. I suggest making these in the morning.
Fridays: Cookie cutter sandwiches. These are turkey breast with thin apple slices for crunch.
So maybe I’ll never write my kids notes but I will pack them a different Funkins reusable cloth napkin each day. They’re so darling and colourful. I’m hopeful that I can stick to this lunch schedule and eventually modify it for more choices.
Disclosure: I am taking part in the Funkins blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own.