Healthy Homemade Lunch(able) with Smoothie

Want a healthy version of the popular store-bought Lunch(able) with Smoothie? Check this out!

Healthy Homemade Lunchable with Smoothie

This lunch, like many of our school lunch ideas from our menus, allows YOU to control the ingredients of what your kids eat, while making them a nutritious and fun lunch for school.

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Several times, I’ve had fellow lunch-packing mamas complain that their kid had asked for the dreaded “L” word… you know, those boxed lunches!

In my opinion, it’s nothing but a wasteful little box full of wrappers plus highly processed ingredients, not to mention a more-expensive option than packing your own!

I definitely see the “kid” appeal in a boxed lunch though. They are full of colorful foods, and kids get to assemble the lunch!

Thanks to MOMables, I can not only stave off requests for the meat and cheese with crackers and the DIY pizza ones, but I can make them healthier, more visually appealing, and fun! MOMables Cracker Stackers and “Pizzables” are two of my go-to favorites!

It’s very empowering for kids to have all the ingredients laid out separately, where they get to pick and choose and assemble themselves. Maybe they want to eat the cheese by itself. Or build a triple-decker cracker. With a “MOMable,” they still have that sense of freedom and control, but with foods you can feel confident about.

When I questioned my kids further however, it turned out that what each kid really wanted was the smoothie they had seen hyped up in the commercial.

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t “give in” and purchase the L-box. Need a few? Overly processed ingredients, preservatives, artificial colors, cross-contamination with top 8 allergens, high in saturated fat…

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The best thing about packing your own Smoothie lunch is that you get to select the quality of the ingredients and are able to adjust for food allergies.

Setting aside my personal disgust at one of the commercials, which implies that having a home-packed lunch is something to dread, sending a smoothie in your child’s lunch is a totally doable thing.  And can be quite healthy too, if you make it yourself! Might as well turn this “You got a SMOOTHIE?!” hype to your advantage!

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MOMables Turkey Cheddar Sub with SMOOTHIE Lunch

  • 1 whole grain bun, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1-2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 slices turkey deli meat (preferably uncured or no nitrates added)
  • 2-3 teaspoons mayonnaise (or condiment[s] of choice)
  • Treat (the boxed version includes two “Double Stuf” sandwich cookies)
  • 1 pre-made smoothie in reusable pouch

MOM Tips: If you freeze the smoothie pouch the night before, it can act as an ice pack in the lunch bag and keep itself cool and fresh until lunchtime!

You can use any kind of whole grain bun or roll, even a hot dog or hamburger bun. I doubt any kid is going to be too upset if it doesn’t match the one in the box exactly. “Who cares about the smoothie?! I wanted the one with the SUB BUN!” said no one, ever.

Check out our post on how to make and pack the smoothies in the reusable pouchesPouches we use: Little Green PouchYummi PouchSquishy Snak Pak, and Squooshi.

 

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About Kendra Peterson

Kendra has two daughters on a gluten free, dairy free, and dye free diets. She cooks meals that don't come from a can, boxed or with unidentifiable ingredients. She makes miracles with the random veggies she gets from her CSA box and can be seen pulled over at the park or library feeding her kids food packed in lunch boxes. You can also find her making fun waste-free lunches on her blog, Biting the Hand That Feeds You.