Healthy lunch idea: My girls love their lunch cubes. These are seriously the best $5 we have spent on lunch gear. (OK, we actually spent $20 on them — we have four, and I’ve been known to unpack mine at work.) I like how formulaic these cubes force me to be.

Everyday:

  • Protein: tortilla or bread with meat and cheese
  • Vegetable: carrots, bell pepper, cucumber sticks
  • Carb: sliced apple

Fancy day (improvised tonight by Mr. H. — I take no credit except having married well):

  • Protein: meat and cheese “rolls”
  • Vegetable: carrots, bell pepper, ground cherries
  • Carb: sliced peach

Sometimes we throw in pretzels, applesauce, or a milk box, but more or less this is what my kids want for lunch every day. They are super easy to pack, too. Once they are filled up, I know my kids will be filled up too.