Kids Lunch Box Idea: Strawberry Lovers Lunch

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This post is sponsored by California Strawberries. All thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own.

Lunch box meals are an enormously difficult challenge. You need to have the ability to create a meal that will dazzle a tiny human (no small feat), have the staying power to last in a little box that’s been tossed around in a kids backpack and probably sit at room temperature for a while, be quick to throw together the night before, and packed with nutrition. It’s not surprising that I find it easer to plan my Thanksgiving menu than a weeks worth of unique lunch box ideas.

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Strawberries are one of my favorite items to include in the lunch box, she loves strawberries as much as she loves candy but they have incredible health benefits that my growing tiny human needs in her little body. Strawberries are a super food, packed with fiber and vitamin C, plus strawberries are one of the most antioxidant dense fruits, packed with cancer fighters.

Strawerry Filled Apples #BuildABetterLunchBox But more than anything, they’re so pretty. I know she’ll reach right for them. The sauce I make is just a combination of apple sauce and strawberries giving it a gorgeous natural pink color that inspired her to name it “Princess Sauce.” When trying to move my family away from all artificial food coloring, strawberries are the perfect way to add stunning color in a natural and health filled way.

Lunch Box Idea- Strawberry Lovers Lunch #BuildABetterLunchBox

I also really love to make her these Strawberry Peanut butter Burritos. The sliced berries hold up better to a lunch box environment better than jam, there isn’t the risk of soggy bread. She also loves that it’s different than your average sandwich.

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This lunch box meal takes less than ten minutes to throw together, and it’s packed with fiber, antioxidants, and general goodness, although she only sees fun finger food. Just the way I want it.

Lunch Box Idea- Strawberry Lovers Lunch #BuildABetterLunchBox

Strawberry Lovers Lunch


    Peanut Butter Strawberry Burritos
  • 1 6-inch flour tortilla
  • 3 tbs creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • Apples Heart Strawberries
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 2-3 large strawberries
  • Princess Sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries


    For the peanut butter strawberry burritos:
  1. Spread the peanut butter liberally across the tortilla
  2. Lay the strawberry slices in an even layer on top of the peanut butter, overlapping slightly.
  3. Roll up into a burrito.
  4. Slice in half, if desired.
  5. For the apples:
  6. Cut the apple in half across the middle (rather than down the stem) Slice into 4 to 6 (½ inch) rings.
  7. Using a small cookie cutter (I prefer a heart shape) remove the core.
  8. Slice the strawberries down the center, through the leaves.
  9. Using the same cookie cutter used to cut the apples, cut a shape out of each strawberry half. Place the strawberry in the hole in the center of the apple.
  10. For the Princess Sauce:
  11. Add apples sauce and strawberries to a small blender or food processor.
  12. Process until smooth.


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16 Responses to Kids Lunch Box Idea: Strawberry Lovers Lunch

  1. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 14, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Love this idea! Truly a lunch fit for a princess!

  2. Yvette August 14, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Super cute! Love the heart shaped strawberries — clever and fun!

  3. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 14, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    This is so, so cute! I absolutely love how adorable this whole post is. I want to make it for myself.

  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 14, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    the apples and strawberry hearts are way too cute! I wish someone would make my lunch look like that 😉

  5. addie | culicurious August 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Cute lunch! I’d love to get this now! 😉

  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Adorable! Can you pack me lunch too? :)

  7. Tieghan August 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    This is the cutest lunch box I have ever seen and my gosh, it is so delicious too! That peanut butter strawberry burrito sounds and looks so good! And the apple hearts? Wow!

    Oh I love strawberries!

  8. Jodi August 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m in love with “Princess Sauce!” Great post Jackie! :)

  9. Anna (Hidden Ponies) August 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    “Princess Sauce”?! How adorable is that? I’m going to tell my girlie that’s its official name :) Love this – I am all about the fruit wraps!

  10. Julie @ Table for Two August 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    What a fun lunch idea!!

  11. Lisa Blanic August 16, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    I love these ideas! My kids will love them, and so quick and easy. Thank you!!

  12. Rachel August 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    those ideas are incredible! my kids would love that lunch.

  13. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I want to make this for myself! Princess sauce?! I love it!!

  14. carrian August 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    LOVE!!! I’m totally doing this and I pinned it to the back to school board by pillsbury. Everyone needs to make this!!

    • Jackie August 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      you’re the best! Thanks my friend :)

  15. lana August 22, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    This is exaclty what I was looking for for back to schoolQ

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