August 25, 2011

Healthy Lunchboxes for Kids


I have to say that I’m very atwitter (I do believe that’s a word I have only said out loud and never written down. It looks very strange.) about Julia entering kindergarten – she’s going to need snacks and a lunch sent with her everyday.

So I’ve been trying to up my lunchbox food making aptitude and find some fun, new ideas instead of the standard sandwich-and-an-apple fare. (That’s a good lunch, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like my lunchtime offerings were/are getting a bit tired.)

I was happy-happy when I came across ‘Healthy Lunchboxes for Kids’, by Amanda Grant, awhile back. The book has cool recipes that I haven’t really seen over and over. The offerings include ‘Sandwiches’, ‘One-Pot Salads’, ‘Hot Food’, ‘Savories’, ‘Snacks’, ‘Something Sweet’, as well as tips on packaging and menu planning. And the food styling is great!


I’m planning on making these treats for Julia’s lunch bag:

Muesli Cookies

Muesli is a good mix of carbohydrates (oats), protein (nuts), and vitamins (dried fruit), and tastes great in these sweet cookies.

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups muesli
  • 1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large cookie sheets, greased

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter and honey in a saucepan, then remove from the heat.
  3. Put the muesli, flour, and sugar into a large bowl and then add the butter mixture. Mix well.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture, spaced apart, onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.

Remove from the oven, lift them off the cookie sheets, and let cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 20.


I don’t have ‘Lunch Boxes and Snacks’, by Annabel Karmel, but I have some of her other food-for-kids cookbooks and I’m a huge fan. I raved about her on last week’s Cool Stuff list. She knows how to make food fun, YUMMY, and appealing to children.


I also recently found great lunchbox inspiration over at the site


The creator’s name behind all these bento box style lunches is Melissa, so you just know she’s got loads of cool stuff on her site! AM I RIGHT?? Tee hee.

I'm way into the whole bento concept lately. . . it all looks so darn cute! And compartmentalized! I want to make these lunches for Julia. Note the little bento tiny forks! You can find them here. I also mentioned a great bento cookbook in my Japanese Treats = Awesome post.



Melissa has a recipe for homemade pizza pockets! I really want to try these out.

What do you think? Are you into bento? Do you have any swell lunchbox ideas because I’d REALLY like to know about ‘em!


  1. I love the idea of bento lunches. I started reading about them a few years ago and can't wait to try them out when my kids are old enough to need school lunches. Have you seen all of the super cute stuff you can buy for bento? There's a million and one Hello Kitty bento goodies, too!

  2. Oh my goodness yes! There are so many teeny tiny cute bento things I can't believe it! Like teeny tiny little salt/pepper shakers! Little condiment containers! Teeny Tiny little molds to cut out fun and fantastic sandwich shapes! Cuteness overload... ~Melissa

  3. Just found your blog and I love your post about lunch boxes. I just love everything related to obento and practice daily on my daughter's lunch box. Amazing all the cute stuff out there!

  4. Hi Aki! I just popped over to your site and saw your cute cheese people! FUN! Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you come visit us again! ~Melissa