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Monster Sandwich | Healthy Lunch Ideas

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This post is sponsored by Intermountain Health Care.  All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s day two of our healthy lunch ideas as part of the Intermountain Live Well initiative, and I have such an easy but fun idea for you to try for your next lunch box.  These Monster Sandwiches were a BIG hit with my girls.  They thought it was so funny that they were eating a monster face.

Monster Sandwich

To make this the healthiest possible, you really should use a whole grain bread.  I had an enriched white bread on hand, so that is what we used.  I added turkey, cheese, lettuce and pickles to the sandwich and then once it was put together, I used a steak knife to cut the teeth.  I then grabbed some olives (leftover from our mummy pizzas the day before) and some pickles cut into slices to make the face.

Monster Sandwich idea

I packed peaches, strawberries, cottage cheese and some wheat Ritz crackers in the other spaces to finish off the lunch. The whole lunch was delicious and my girls loved it!

monster sandwiches

Just as a reminder, if you want a chance to win this fun Rubbermaid Lunchblox system, Intermountain Healthcare is giving away 8 of them right now through the end of September.  All you have to do is head over to their Facebook page and enter there.   I love mine, so you should definitely go check it out and enter!  Check back tomorrow for another healthy Halloween lunch idea!

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Mummy Pizzas | Healthy Lunches

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This post is sponsored by Intermountain Health Care.  All opinions are 100% my own.

As a mom, I think it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the things that I am “supposed” to be doing for my kids.  Are they going to bed on time?  Did I teach them well enough to be kind to other kids?  Have I done the laundry lately?  Am I giving them the right foods?  I recently learned about Intermountain Healthcare’s “Live Well” initiative which focuses primarily on getting kids the right kinds of foods specifically for lunch.  It can be overwhelming, at best, to try and get a lunch packed when they are late getting out the door, let alone make sure that it is a healthy lunch.  I was challenged to come up with 5 different lunches that are well balanced and kid friendly.  With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to come up with 5 Halloween themed lunches, and let me tell you.  So far, they are a HUGE hit!

mini pizzas

I wanted to include my oldest in the planning process of the meals as much as possible.  I figured if I could get her opinion of the things I was planning that she would be more likely to eat the things we planned.  We headed to the grocery store and I went through meal by meal with her.  It took a little longer in the grocery store than normal, but it was good for Lillie.  I even let her push one of the little mini carts around the store and at one point, she told me that she felt like a grown up.

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Growing up, we always used the food pyramid for portions of each kind of food that we are supposed to have.  Did you know there is a new way to look at it now?  I love this visual.  Bento boxes are such a huge trend right now, and they are the perfect way to make sure that you are getting your child the nutrition that they need.  I used the Rubbermaid LunchBlox container, and it is amazing!  I love that the different pieces just snap into the ice pack making it so that everything stays nice and cool in the lunch box.

mummy pizzas

For our first meal, Lillie and I decided that we would make mummy pizzas.  They are so fun, and easy for the kids to help with too!  We used a whole grain english muffin for the base, then added marinara sauce.  Some of the pizzas have pepperoni on them.  I wanted to make that part as healthy as I could as well, so I got turkey pepperoni and my girls ate it up!  I wanted the cheese to be the thing on the top to make it look like mummy bandages, so the pepperoni went on first.  We used string cheese and just pulled parts off and put them on the pizza.  Last, we topped it with olive eyeballs and then they were ready to go!

jack skellington pizza

I turned the oven on to 400 degrees and cooked the pizzas until the cheese was melted and started to brown.  To make the lunch a balanced lunch, I paired it with some pear slices, raspberries, and carrots.  It was fun and yummy!

Healthy Halloween lunch ideas

If you want a chance to win this fun Rubbermaid lunch system, Intermountain Healthcare is giving away 8 of them right now through the end of September.  All you have to do is head over to their Facebook page and enter there.   I love mine, so I thought I would tell you about how you could get one too!  Check back tomorrow for another healthy Halloween lunch idea!

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