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Rock the Lunchbox 2014

If you gave your kids free reign to design their perfect lunch, what would it look like? That’s a question the Rock The Lunchbox folks asked us earlier this summer and, intrigued, we put the question to our 7-year-old. We weren’t quite sure what to expect – Would he come up with a cheeseburger and fries? Pizza and a milkshake? A seven-tiered chocolate cake studded with candy and potato chips?

The answer turned out to be surprisingly creative and refreshing. Clockwise from top right: Water bottle, watermelon, vegetable soup, veggie kebabs, chicken, and cheese and crackers.

All of that drawing must have made him hungry because his next question was: Could he have it for lunch? Like, today? (Some days it seems like school can’t quite come soon enough.) So we built the lunch more or less as he had planned it – happily, it all fit perfectly in this Laptop Lunches bento lunchbox.

We used breaded chicken tenders for the chicken part and mushroom/pepper/olive/tomato skewers for the vegetables. For the cheese and crackers we used two of the all-star products in the Rock The Lunchbox lineup: Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies (made with organic wheat flour and real aged cheddar), and Organic Valley Stringles organic string cheese. We’re always on the lookout for easy-to-pack items that are tasty, wholesome, and kid-friendly; both of these fit the bill.

Fun fact #1: Do you know why Annie’s products have a rabbit theme? The original Annie, Annie Withey, chose her pet rabbit Bernie to be the brand’s “Rabbit of Approval.”

Fun fact #2 – Did you know that even though Organic Valley is known for its milk, the company started out as a cheesemaker? Way back in 1990, Organic Valley became the first cheesemaker to nationally distribute certified organic cheese, before they ever sold a gallon of milk.

Even though we’re not quite ready for school to start just yet, we’re happy to support the Rock the Lunchbox project because we admire these brands and their missions. Aside from Annie’s and Organic Valley, other Rock the Lunchbox supporters include Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Honest Kids, and Applegate. And if you’re looking for great lunch ideas (including gluten-free, vegetarian, and/or nut-free choices), time-saving tips, and product coupons, make sure to visit Rock the Lunchbox.

What would your kids choose for their “ideal” lunch?

Blogger disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. I received sample products for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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4 Responses to Rock the Lunchbox 2014

  1. Amelia @ Eating Made Easy August 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I love your son’s drawing – the veggie kabobs are especially cute. I’ll bet he enjoyed the version you came up with!

    • Jeanne August 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      Thanks, Amelia! Yes, I was not expecting him to draw those things, but I was pleasantly surprised he did! : )

  2. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious August 7, 2014 at 5:06 am #

    I vote for more drawings for food blog posts!

    • Jeanne August 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Good point – This could be a whole new look for the blog!

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