//School Lunch Roundup 16 (+ why we’re using baggies now!)

School Lunch Roundup 16 (+ why we’re using baggies now!)

In case you’ve missed some of my almost daily school lunch posts on Facebook and Instagram (or you just want a summary), here’s another installment in my School Lunch Roundup series! Sit down and look at this with your kids so they can pick out what they like (and will eat!).

school lunches on table from 100 days of real food

school lunches on table from 100 days of real food

But First, More Changes to Our Lunch Containers…

Last year I shared why we had to switch to different lunch boxes, and here we are again just a year later rethinking school lunch. My older daughter–believe it or not–started high school this year. (Sniff sniff, time is flying by a little too fast over here!) And after just a couple days as a high schooler, she informed me that “no one” uses a single divided container for their lunch and that “everyone” brings their lunch in little baggies or individual packages.

So, since she knows I am not going to use disposable plastic bags on a daily basis for her school meal, we spent a good deal of time looking at all the options for reusable bags. She didn’t want the corners curved, didn’t want crazy colors, didn’t want them frosted … basically she wanted them to look just like a Ziplock bag, LOL. We finally decided on some by (re)Zip, not a sponsor, we just thought they looked like a good choice! And it turns out that my daughter likes them a lot (yay!). It’s enough to not stand out too much at the lunch table, and it also takes up less room at her very crowded lunch table (or so I hear). They are dishwasher safe and honestly more leakproof than the ones she had me buy last year (that my middle schooler is still using), so I’m happy to comply.

Now, I sometimes still do send my 9th grader the container from last year because there are just certain foods that don’t work well in a bag (like a salad that you eat with a fork, for example). But for the most part, I am trying to send her a “high schooler” version of our 100 Days of Real Food lunches!

Before we dive into what I’ve been packing so far this year here are…

A Few School Lunch Resources

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School Lunch Roundup 16

school lunch mini meatloaf and reusable bags from 100 days of real food

school lunch mini meatloaf and reusable bags from 100 days of real food

school lunch with caprese salad, chicken salad, and pretzels from 100 days of real foodschool lunch with caprese salad, chicken salad, and pretzels from 100 days of real food

School Lunch tomato bisque and paniniSchool Lunch tomato bisque and panini

school lunch with waffle sandwich, avocado, grapes, and applesauce from 100 days of real food

school lunch with waffle sandwich, avocado, grapes, and applesauce from 100 days of real food

  • Sandwich made with leftover whole-wheat waffles, ricotta, oranges, mint & honey
  • Avocado half (with lime and salt)
  • Grapes
  • Applesauce

school lunch with apple sandwich, pumpkin muffin, and other snacks from 100 days of real food

school lunch with apple sandwich, pumpkin muffin, and other snacks from 100 days of real food

school lunch with quesadilla and popcorn from 100 days of real food

school lunch with quesadilla and popcorn from 100 days of real food

  • Quesadillas (made with leftover roasted veggies, cumin, and cheese)
  • Guacamole
  • Popcorn
  • Cantaloupe

school lunch of crackers, cheese, white bean salad, carrots, and hummus from 100 days of real food

school lunch of crackers, cheese, white bean salad, carrots, and hummus from 100 days of real food

  • Whole-wheat crackers with cheese and pepperoni
  • Leftover White Bean Salad
  • Carrots with hummus

School lunch grilled panini and popcorn

School lunch grilled panini and popcorn

  • Blueberries & purple bell pepper slices
  • A previously made/frozen grilled panini (with cheese, tomato, pesto & roasted bell peppers)
  • Orange
  • An individual bag of popcorn

school lunch whole wheat bagel pizza

school lunch whole wheat bagel pizza

  • Whole-wheat bagel pizzas
  • Cucumbers
  • Hummus
  • Oranges and apples

school lunch bagel and popcorn cakes from 100 Days of Real Foodschool lunch bagel and popcorn cakes from 100 Days of Real Food

  • Whole-wheat bagel with cream cheese and microgreens
  • Mini popcorn cakes
  • Oranges and kiwi

school lunch breakfast burrito

school lunch breakfast burrito

Hummus/cheese/lettuce sandwich, Loaded Chicken Salad, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and popcorn

Hummus/cheese/lettuce sandwich, Loaded Chicken Salad, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and popcorn

school lunch with bagel and cream cheese, figs, and energy bites from 100 days of real food

school lunch with bagel and cream cheese, figs, and energy bites from 100 days of real food

See any new things you’d like to try in these pictures? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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