No-Heat Lunchbox Ideas

Thursday, May 4, 2017

I am often asked if Hendrix's lunches are heated. At the moment they are. It seems like an ongoing question, which I will have the same one when he starts Kindergarten in 2 years. I came up with a list of foods and snacks that do not need to be heated. The bento lunches pictured above are from Bentgo and Yumbox. I recommend getting a well insulated lunchbox and a large flat icepack.

Ice Packs

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Lunch Ideas
Almond Butter and Honey Sandwich
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Nut Butter and Jam Pinwheels
Pepperoni Pinwheels (pepperoni, cream cheese)
Feta Pasta Salad (pasta, feta cheese, olives, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, olive oil, salt/pepper)
Hard  Boiled Eggs (sliced or mashed)
Bagel Chips with Cream Cheese for dipping
Mini Bagel with Nut Butter or Cream Cheese
Potato Salad (potatoes, mayonnaise, hard boiled egg, mustard, seasoning)
Overnight oats
Chia pudding
Tuna Salad with Crackers (tuna, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, celery, salt/pepper)
Waffle sandwich (cream cheese/mashed berries or almond butter/mashed berries)
Taco Salad (rice, taco meat, cheese, finely chopped lettuce, tomatoes, black beans)
Homemade "lunchable" (lunch meat, cheese, crackers)
Mozzarella Pasta Salad (pasta, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil)
Caesar Salad
Hummus Box (hummus, pita, carrot sticks, olives, tomatoes, salami)
Veggies/Pita Bread with Hummus
Shrimp Salad (shrimp, mayo/Greek yogurt, seasonings, lemon juice, celery, onion)
Guacamole with tortilla chips
Salsa with Tortilla Chips 
Hummus Sandwich
Chicken Salad (chicken, celery, mayo, scallions, lemon juice, mustard, salt/pepper)
Avocado Egg Salad with Crackers (mashed avocado, diced hard boiled egg, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, celery, salt/pepper)
Pepperoni, Salami
Bacon and Cheese Muffins
Caprese Skewers (bread, cherry tomatoes, basil, mozzarella)
Pizza Skewers (pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, bread)
Waffles with Syrup to dip

Snack Ideas
Apple Slices with Almond Butter
Pretzel Goldfish
Sliced Cheese
Cornbread Muffins
Banana Chips
Apple Chips
Cucumber Sticks
Banana Peppers
Fresh Fruit
Cucumber Sticks with Ranch 
Carrot Sticks with Ranch
Steamed Carrot Sticks with Cinnamon
Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade Muffins
Fruit Leather
Banana Bread
Dried Fruit
Freeze Dried Peas
Ants on a log (celery, almond butter, raisins)
Roasted Chickpeas
Walnuts, Almonds
Pumpkin Seeds
Dried Cranberries/Raisins
Greek or Coconut Milk Yogurt with Mashed Fruit