back-to-school lunch ideas

This post is sponsored by Sistema; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Happy Monday, friends! I can't tell you how excited I am for today's post!! We've used Sistema products for years so I was thrilled when I found out we'd be working together on this blog. If you know me, you know that two of my main hobbies in life are healthy eating and organization and well, this post encompasses both of those things haha! Happy lady over here.

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I recently started a new workout program and have found these particular lunch containers incredibly helpful in portioning out my food each day. The bento box fits my salad, a few sides, a container for yogurt or dressing AND room for a sandwich (on gluten-free bread, of course ;)).

The blue one pictured below is their salad container and it's GREAT for when I'm on the run -- mainly because it comes with everything you need! A fork, knife, dressing jar, the whole shebang. And still room for grilled chicken or a sandwich/ cut-up fruit on top. That's one of the biggest reasons I love Sistema -- just how versatile all of these pieces are!

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For the kids' lunches, I typically do a bento-box style meal! I've found that 1) it's the quickest way to get their lunches ready in the morning and 2) it's perfect for getting a variety of foods in their tummies. My kids are actually great eaters -- they each have a few foods that they flat out refuse every time but other than that, they will eat pretty much anything I put in front of them (thank God haha). 

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I actually have a little list of all the options that I use on a regular basis in their bento-boxes -- I typically choose one item from the protein section and then 2-4 other options from the list. It's a really fun, easy way to mix things up and ensure they each get new foods every day! I hope this is helpful for you mamas out there!

Main Protein:

  • Chicken hotdogs from Trader Joe's
  • Deli meat (torn up)
  • Leftover protein from dinner the night before
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Gluten-free corn dogs
  • Avocado toast

Add-in's:

  • Black beans
  • Avocado 
  • Sauerkraut 
  • Blueberries 
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cutie oranges
  • Sliced cheese
  • Apple slices
  • Banana
  • Tomatoes (cut-up with a sprinkle of salt)
  • Pirates booty
  • Freeze-dried strawberries 
  • Pretzel sticks with hummus
  • Olives
  • Cottage cheese
  • Kefir yogurt
  • Energy bites (oats, honey, PB, vanilla)

They're actually super sturdy and I love that there's a divider in the center, so I can separate and organize their food a little better. Small things like that make the perfectionist in me very, veryyyy happy. Haha!

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One of the best parts is that you can purchase Sistema directly on Amazon AND they're running back to school sales throughout the month of August, so definitely go check them out! What are some of your go-to lunch ideas? I'd love to hear from you!

Love,

B

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