Intentional Mama: How to Build a Simple + Healthy Lunch


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How To Pack A Simple & Healthy Lunchbox | Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series

I am a busy mama. Probably like you. And because I am a busy mama of over 8 years now, I have realistic expectations about how I can love my littles best.

There are only a few must-haves on my daily mental checklist in regards to parenting:

  1. Pray
  2. Laugh
  3. Look my kids in the eye
  4. Eat good, healthy food

I don’t even do those few things perfectly but a mama can dream right? And for the sake of full disclosure, my standard of good, healthy food runs the gambit. I am not perfect nor are our lunch boxes but we are making steps toward healthier options (i.e. we did pb&j last school year.) Anyone else?!

My lunchbox goals are: simple (i.e. Can I make 3 of these in under 15 minutes) + healthy.

How To Pack A Simple & Healthy Lunchbox | Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series

Lunchbox Routine

Step 1. The perfect lunchbox.

  • My favorites are from I love them. We have used them for an entire year now and I still love them. So we ordered another set this year since I have 2 in school every day. Just in case I forget to wash the dishes all week we still have a few ready to go.
  • Silicone Baking Cups: If you need to divide the big space up a bit, I have found that silicone baking cups make the perfect addition to the lunch box. Right now I only have pink heart versions leftover from Valentine’s Day, but the boys haven’t complained yet so I guess they’re good with that…

Step 2. Protein.

  • Peanut Butter Packs + Apples / Celery / Crackers: This is my kids FAVORITE new thing. They are seriously obsessed. FYI organic apples DO NOT turn brown. Promise. And they are yummier. So there’s that.
  • Turkey & Cheese Roll-ups
  • Pepperoni + Cheese + Crackers (Those Applegate Turkey Pepperoni’s are SO good!)

Step 3. Vegetable.

  • Carrot Sticks | Cucumber Sticks | Snap Peas | Pepper Sticks (Surprisingly my kids like all of these options so I rotate them. To keep things interesting.)

Step 4. Fruit.

  • Grapes | Applesauce | Peach Slices | Blueberries (They love fruit so whatever is on sale they get that week.)

Step 5. Grain.

Step 6. Extras.

  • Yogurt
  • Goldfish
  • Pretzels: I’m just saying. For fun, you should try gluten-free pretzels. They will change your life. SO good. We don’t need to be gluten-free but I am a massive fan of these pretzels.

To Drink.

  • Water (unless it’s a special occasion and then they may get juice.)


For more lunchbox ideas, I pinned a few here!

I would love to hear from you! What do you pack in your littles’ lunch boxes?!

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