Healthy Lunchbox 2012: The Ultimate Collection

Over the last 31 days, dozens of bloggers have brought you their very best Healthy Lunchbox ideas, tips and recipes.

While I had the pleasure of opening the series with a week’s worth of simply beautiful healthy lunches that included everything from planned-overs to lettuce wraps, it was what came over the days that followed that really thrilled me.

While no two healthy lunchboxes may be the same, there were similarities with many of the lunches shared over the last month.

First, Healthy Lunchboxes should include options.

I love this organizing system presented to us by Jessica from Allergic to Air, quick and easy and even includes a weekly treat, such a great tool!

Next, Salads.

While we know we should get our greens, even the healthiest eaters sometimes struggle to get them in!

Struggle no more! With so many options that are beautiful and delicious, how could you?

Israeli Chickpea Salad with Mustard Greens from Feed Me Phoebe

 

Salad in a Jar  (with a Topaz Dragon Ginger Dressing) presented by Janet from The Taste Space – Steam, Bake, Boil, Shake!

Not Your Average Midwest Tuna Salad by Kate from Eat, Recycle, Repeat

A Salad for All Seasons from Naomi Devlin Straight Into Bed Cake Free and Dried

And most recently, Mediterranean Tuna Salad by Melissa Joulwan from The Clothes Make the Girl

 

Use your planned over’s to turn your salad into a complete meal like this one by Shannon from Enjoying Gluten-Free Life

 

Of course, Healthy Lunchboxes are best when they come in cute packages!

 

Bento Boxes by Dawn Allen from Cuter than Gluten

 

A grown-up bento by Alta from Tasty Eats at Home

Sistema lunches by Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen

 

Healthy Lunchboxes also include better, healthier yet more allergy-friendly (sometimes pre-packaged even ) choices, too.

 

Shirley, Gluten-Free Easily’s entire post is filled with great advice from an experienced mom perspective!

Stacy and Matt offer up  products and power lunches by The Paleo Parents

Use Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas to make these tasty wraps  from Cooking with Elise

 

Picking a better nut (or nut-free butter) by Tasterie

Gluten-Free and dairy-free quesadillas from Lexie’s Kitchen.

 

 

Healthy Lunchboxes also mean something warm!

 

Slowcooker Paleo Eggplant Parmesan in a thermos on your way out the door is quick, warm and hearty!

 

And everyone loves a good chicken soup, like this Gluten-Free West Lake Soup from Brian, the East Bay Celiac

 

Healthy Lunchboxes also include wraps of all kinds!

 

Pizza Wraps from Tessa the Domestic Diva

 

Just one of the 10 (yes, TEN) very different yet extremely delicious wraps Heather, the Gluten-Free Cat shared with us!

Lunchbox Crepes by Paula from Live Free, Gluten Free

 

Crepes for kids and grown-ups alike by Mary from Sweet Roots

 

 

J’s Spicy Lettuce Wrap by Janie, I am J the Blog

 

Pancakes for Dipping and Rolling by Naomi Devlin from Straight Into Bed Cake Free and Dried

 

And finally, Healthy Lunchboxes even include dessert, every now and then!

 

 

Just one of three recipes by Susan from Real Kids Eat Spinach

 

Grain-free waffles by Dawn from Cuter than Gluten

Peachy Coconut Streusel Muffins

Little Chef’s Gluten Free Back to School Cookies by Gluten-Free Gigi

 

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies by Maggie from She Let Them Eat Cake

 

Chocolate Nut Butter Oat Cookies by Shirley, Gluten-Free Easily

Maple Chai Oat Bars by Jessica from Allergic to Air

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger cookies, recipes from Jenni the Urban Poser

Grain-free Honey Graham Dips by Alta from Tasty Eats at Home

 

Fudgey Yumminess by Kate from Eat, Recycle, Repeat

 

Really, this roundup is a mere overview of the brilliance that came our way this month. Please visit each of the lovely posts and their respective bloggers and be sure to thank them for making this year’s Healthy Lunchbox just that much easier!

Love to you all! xo

 

For those of you seeking more Healthy Lunchbox ideas, pull up a chair to this year’s Food Network Back to School Communal Table! Enjoy!

Tidy Mom: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Cookies

Made by Michelle: Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches

Chez Us: Healthy Tuna Salad

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Back to School Roasted Chicken Legs

Bacon and Souffle: Gruyere Grilled Cheese With Apple Salad

Zaika Zabardast: Fresh Corn Cakes With Black Bean Salad Tossed in Cumin Vinaigrette

Adult options:

This Girl Can Eat: Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Spicy-Korean “Ramen” Noodle Soup

Haute Apple Pie: Edamame Hummus

Feed Me Phoebe: Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches

Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon

Big Girls Small Kitchen: Swiss Chard Turnovers With Parmesan and Pistachios

 

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Comments

  1. What a great summary. So happy to participate this year. :)

  2. Fabulous series Sunny! Thanks for sharing everyone!

  3. There are so manygreat lunch ideas here that’s it’s almost overwhelming. :) I’d actually missed the Fudgey Yumminess post so I was glad to see this round-up. I enjoyed being part of this series.

  4. I had so much fun participating this year, and I learned even more about great lunches! Thanks Sunny!!

  5. Yikes, just realized that I have not commented here yet. Sunny, thank you for this wonderful series each year! It is quite the resource. :-) Thanks, too, to all who contributed. So many great ideas to keep our lunches from beaing unhealthy and boring. ;-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  6. What a treasure trove of gluten free recipes. I’m excited to look at each one of them, some from bloggers I’m not yet familiar with. Thank you so much for sharing! Delighted, also, to get to know you!

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