This post is brought to you by Pirate’s Booty. All opinions are my own.
My daughter is now in middle school, and believe it or not she still wants me to pack her lunch every day. I thought for sure by now that she would be into buying her lunch (and her school is catered, so it’s not an issue of quality)— but she still insists on packing. Apparently she likes what she likes!
Over the years I have found that the best meals for my daughter are the simplest. Tried and true lunches always include some sort of sandwich, a fruit and/or veggie, a snack (or two, now that she’s older!) and a beverage.
If you need some ideas for school lunch, check out this handy infographic I made for my daughter. Before I go grocery shopping, I let her pick what she wants in her lunch for the following week. She chooses a few items from each category that she can mix and match— The choices are not overwhelming, and having everything ready in advance makes meal packing much easier!
One of her favorite snacks is Pirate’s Booty— a deliciously baked, never fried, puffed rice and corn snack made with real aged white cheddar cheese.
I personally love that Pirate’s Booty has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and is kosher and gluten-free … and if I’m being honest, completely irresistible.
I buy the back-to-school themed 6 packs of 1 oz. bags for my daughter, but find that I snack on them just as much! Plus, each bag is only 140 calories, so it’s guilt-free (for me!).
The 1oz bags are super convenient because they fit perfectly in a lunch box. For younger children, you could easily split the bags into two smaller servings or buy the 0.5oz 12 pack item. I’ve been helping my sister pack her daughter’s lunch using some of my school lunch ideas. For her first week, we made these adorable bento-style lunches with turkey and cheese sandwiches cut into the shapes of whales, green grapes, cheese and Pirate’s Booty.
My daughter, who’s considerably older, loved the idea and requested one for herself— Even middle-schoolers want to get in on the bento fun!
Pirate’s Booty is available at stores nationwide and through the Pirate’s Booty website, www.PirateBrands.com.
Back to School Recipes:
- Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
- Apple Shaped Cupcakes
- Back to School Rice Krispies Treats
- Banana Sushi
- Double-Decker PB&J
- Copycat Cosmic Brownies