Day 173 – Last Day of School – Cereal Bar, Fruit and Veggies, and Brownie

We made it! 173 days of packed lunches. Mostly nutritious ingredients with a few treats here and there (and almost all of those were homemade!). Above and beyond anything they would get in the cafeteria and much healthier and varied than most standard American sack lunches.

Today’s post is bittersweet not only because my little guy is no longer a 1st grader, but also because I do not intend on continuing this blog after today. I will continue to send my kids to school with healthy packed lunches throughout the years, but I no longer have the time to dedicate to writing the posts.

If you’d like to follow the food adventures of our family, hop on over to Veggie Inspired for some healthy plant based meal ideas. I don’t specifically post lunchbox pictures there, but I do have a category titled “Lunchbox” where you’ll find food that packs and travels easily.

I will keep this blog live throughout the summer and probably at least through the first month or so of school next year in case anyone needs to look back for some inspiration. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to e-mail me at

I hope everyone has an amazing summer! And with that, I leave you with one last lunchbox pic!


Nature’s Bakery Raspberry Fig Bar, Red Plum Slices, Cucumber Slices, Brownie

Day 172 – BBQ Bean Burger

I promise I didn’t forget to post yesterday, which would have been day 171….M’s class took an outing to go bowling and they ate lunch there.

Today, M is getting a leftover BBQ Bean Burger with fruits and veggies on the side.

Happy Wednesday. Tomorrow is the LAST day of school!


BBQ Bean Burger, BBQ Sauce (in the little tin), Red Seedless Grapes, Cucumber Slices, Red Bell Pepper Strips

Day 170 – Crackers and Ham

Well, folks, this is it…the last week of school. Thursday is the last day. Let’s make it a good week!

Today, M is getting whole wheat crackers with slices of ham…sort of lunchables style. On the side, there is sting cheese, raw chopped veggie salad (this salad is amazing, has an oil free vinaigrette, and will be coming to Veggie Inspired in the next few weeks!) and for a little treat – Chocolate Chip Quinoa Snack Cake (also coming to Veggie Inspired soon!).  Enjoy your week!


Whole Wheat Crackers, Ham slices, Raw Chopped Veggie Salad, String Cheese, Chocolate Chip Quinoa Snack Cake

Day 168 – English Muffin

One week from today is the last day of school! It was supposed to be this week, but they have to make up all the cold/snow days from the winter.

Today, M is getting an English Muffin spread with peanut butter and sprinkled with hemp hearts. Hemp hearts are kind of an obsession of mine. I sprinkle them on everything (toast, oatmeal, cereal, ice cream, rice bowls, noodle dishes, etc). If you haven’t tried them, you should! They are tiny crunchy nutty perfection! Super high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and Vitamin E, these tiny seeds are consider a superfood!


Whole Wheat English Muffin w Peanut Butter & Hemp Hearts, Red Bell Pepper Slices, Cucumber Slices, Fresh Strawberries

Da y 166 – Belgian Waffle

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. We FNALLY got our garden planted and I’m so excited!

Less than 2 weeks left of school this year. Seems crazy that my little guy will soon be a SECOND grader! Wow!

The kids were at their grandparents this weekend and my MIL made awesome Belgian waffles one morning. There were plenty of leftovers and they were nice enough to send them home with us. M is getting part of one in his lunch today!


Belgian Waffle, Maple Syrup for Dipping (in the tin), Sliced Cucumber, Sliced Plum, String Cheese

Day 165 – Cheese Quesadillas

It’s clean out the fridge time! We are running low on food in the house and I won’t be grocery shopping for a few more days so we are making due. The kids had cheese quesadillas yesterday for dinner and I had a little leftover to send M in his lunch today. He’s also getting the remainder of the raspberries, an apple and a chocolate chip bar that I made with leftover quinoa (shhh, don’t tell M…he claims to not like quinoa). I am working on perfecting this Quinoa Chocolate Chip Bar, so stay tuned to Veggie Inspired for the recipe sometime in the future.


Cheese Quesadillas, Apple Slices, Fresh Raspberries, Quinoa Chocolate Chip Bar