This is the next installment in my series of lunchbox roundups that will feature different types of lunchboxes I pack for my daughters and post almost daily on my Pinterest and Facebook pages.

Here are some of the earlier lunchbox-themed posts that you may find useful:

The Art and Science of Packing a Lunchbox

Lunchbox safety

Involving kids in lunchbox preparation

Sample lunchbox menus

Grain and pasta salad recipes

Pasta and Noodle Lunchbox Roundup

Rice and Grain Lunchbox Roundup

My kids, like many others, get bored with eating regular sandwiches every day.  Pinwheels, Skewers, and Sushi Rolls are fun, easy to make, and more creative than regular square sandwiches.  You can use whole wheat bread, wraps, or pita to roll up all the ingredients you would use in a regular sandwich to create fun pinwheels.  Or you can create a deconstructed sandwich by threading different foods onto skewers or toothpicks–a perfect way to display all the ingredients in a colorful way.

Making your very own avocado sushi rolls at home is super-easy once you get the intricacies of cooking the sushi rice. It is also a great way to engage your kids in the kitchen. The rolls make a simple and nutritious lunch or afterschool snack (my 7 year old eats them for breakfast, too!). You can substitute all avocado or part of it with cucumber, salmon, shrimp, crab sticks or pretty much anything else.  Instead of rice, we sometimes use leftover quinoa and it also works very well with all types of fillings.

So next time you’re thinking about packing a regular sandwich in your child’s lunchbox, try rolling or threading your child’s favorite foods into pinwheels, skewers, or sushi rolls!

Here are several lunchboxes (with pictures and ingredients) that I have made for my daughters in the past.

Lunchbox #1

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Lunchbox #2

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  • Lunchbox #2 Ingredients
  • “Sandwich filling on a stick” with tomatoes, mozzarella, and turkey
  • “Flower” bread
  • Carrots and grapes
  • Yogurt

 

Lunchbox #3

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  • Lunchbox #3 Ingredients
  • Ham and mozzarella skewers
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Carrots, vanilla yogurt, and strawberries

 

Lunchbox #4

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  • Lunchbox #4 Ingredients
  • Smoked salmon, spinach and cream cheese whole grain wrap “pinwheels”
  • Yogurt with granola and frozen blueberries
  • Carrots and mango

 

Lunchbox #5

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  • Lunchbox #5 Ingredients
  • Avocado sushi rolls
  • Green apples, kiwi and cucumber slices
  • Irish soda bread

 

Lunchbox #6

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  • Lunchbox #6 Ingredients
  • Quinoa avocado sushi
  • Home made blueberry muffin
  • Blood/regular oranges
  • Celery and tomatoes

 

Lunchbox #7

January 15

  • Lunchbox #7 Ingredients
  • Smoked salmon
  • Quail eggs and bread skewers
  • Broccoli and green beans
  • Clementines, blueberries and chocolate crepe (store bought)

 

Lunchbox #8

January 16

  • Lunchbox #8 Ingredients
  • Turkey breast/bread/olives/tomatoes skewers
  • Blue corn chips and carrots
  • Clementines and dried cranberries

 

Lunchbox #9

September 24-2

  • Lunchbox #9 Ingredients
  • Whole grain bread and chicken sausage “rolls”+ ketchup
  • Roasted corn
  • Grapes on a stick and dark chocolate chips

 

Lunchbox #10

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  • Lunchbox #10 Ingredients
  • Ham/lettuce/avocado roll-ups
  • Hard boiled quail eggs
  • Steamed edamame and orange slices
  • A sweet good-for-your-tummy kefir full of beneficial probiotics

 

Lunchbox #11

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  • Lunchbox #11 Ingredients
  • Very rustic-looking salmon/avocado sushi rolls
  • Carrots, banana, and strawberries
  • A dark chocolate granola bar

 

Lunchbox #12

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  • Lunchbox #12 Ingredients
  • Turkey/cheese/avocado pinwheels of www
  • Plain greek yogurt with frozen blueberries and a sprinkle of sugar
  • Celery with hummus, clementines, and a piece of dark chocolate

 

Lunchbox #13

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  • Lunchbox #13 Ingredients:
  • Ham and cream cheese Whole Wheat bread pinwheels
  • Cantaloupe with vanilla greek yogurt
  • Carrots and green beans

 

Lunchbox #14

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  • Lunchbox #14
  • Avocado and smoked salmon rolls
  • Apple and banana chips
  • Tomatoes, cheese and croissant leftovers

 

Stay tuned for more lunchbox round-ups! 

Tell me what is your child’s favorite lunchbox item?

 

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