Hi guys and happy FRIDAY!
Blakely started full-time preschool for the first time this week and on Monday my mama heart was a complete mix of bittersweet emotions! On the one hand, I am so excited and proud of Blakely, and I know she will LOVE school. But on the other hand, this is a big transition and I just miss her and our normal routine as a stay at home mama.
We have 5 full days of school under our belt now and are slowly but surely getting used to our new normal around here. Our whole family thrives on a schedule, so having weekday structure will be good for all of us.
The best part? Blakely LOVES her school! She is beaming when I pick her up and can’t wait to tell me about her day on the car ride home. That definitely makes it easier to drop her off in the mornings!
WHAT’S IN HER LUNCHBOX?
I wanted to start a fun new series on the blog to share all the food items I pack for her school day! I can’t promise that I will post this every week since a lot of the meals will look the same, but every now and then I’ll update to spark inspiration and ideas.
My hope is that this new series will inspire you all and be a resource for you guys to find simple, healthy, and realistic meal ideas to pack for your toddlers on busy weekday mornings.
LINKS FOR LUNCH TIME:
Bulk Pack of Made Good Granola Bites
Turkey roll up, cheese stick, Stonyfield yogurt, raisins, Made Good granola bites, and blackberries.
Her first day of school! I made sure to pack her foods she not onlyl loved but was very familiar with for the first day. Lots of protein options with the turkey, cheese and yogurt to keep her full, as well as a fun chocolate chip granola bites that I know made her happy! She ate every last bite of this lunch, so I know this is a good one to keep coming back to!!
Pesto pasta with mozzarella balls, Stonyfield yogurt, animal crackers, cucumbers + hummus, grapes.
Making a big batch of pasta salad at the beginning of the week is helpful for lunches if your toddler is a pasta lover like mine. Blakely also loves these cheese balls which are always a hit. She didn’t seem to have a big appetite this day and came back with most of these items uneaten. Her favorite part of this lunch though was the cucumbers and hummus!
Turkey + cheese roll ups, dried mangoes, Annie’s organic cheddar bunnies, clementine, and Made Good granola bites.
These turkey and cheese roll ups and super quick and easy to make! I spread cream cheese on a quesadilla and then layer the turkey and cheese in the middle, then simply roll it up and cut into slices. They are a hit if your toddler loves deli meat and a great way to make it more filling.
Quesadilla, dried mangoes, mozzarella balls, Annie’s cheddar bunnies, & blackberries.
While Blakely ate her breakfast Thursday morning, I quickly whipped up a quesadilla filled with refried beans and cheese! Blakely LOVES dried mangoes and they make for the best healthy, filling snack (I get ours from Costco- they’re a big bag of organic dried mangoes).
Turkey slices, pesto pasta, raisins, blackberries, and Annie’s cheddar bunnies
Seeing a theme here? Her lunches consist of a mix-and-match of whatever I buy from the grocery store on Sunday. This lunch was a clean out the fridge/pantry type of lunch with items we had leftover. Casey took charge and packed today’s lunch for her… he did good! 😉
I hope you guys found these realistic 2 year old bento box lunch ideas helpful!! Let me know in the comments what kinds of things you are packing your little one!