Lunch Menu #8

October 21, 2013

green smoothie + muffin

By Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom.

We’re on Menu #8 of our Lunch Box Series — and this continues to be a lot of fun for us! I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as we are. For today’s menu, I’m sharing one my kids really, really like. It includes a green smoothie. We’ve totally jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon and we’re not ready to get off yet.

In the picture, I’m showing a store-bought green smoothie that works great when you need to take a little shortcut. Otherwise, we normally do fresh ones and put them into an insulated bottle. Generally it’s okay to make them the night before, but if you’re having one in the morning, make a little extra to send with school lunch. : ) I’m also thinking my older kids would probably need two muffins to fill them up. One is enough for my Kindergartener. The dipping sauce for the celery sticks is just a little Ranch dressing powder mixed with Greek yogurt. I used a homemade mix that a friend gave me. It was all over Pinterest awhile back. Packaged kind is fine too.

The lunch bag pictured is one of my favorite bags. There are ice packs in the bag itself, so you freeze the entire bag and it keeps everything inside nice and cold. My daughter actually complained one time that it was too cold! I use it when I know everything needs to be kept extra cold to be enjoyable.

- green smoothie
- homemade muffin
- plum
- banana
- celery with yogurt dip

- It’s more budget-friendly (and eco-friendly) to make your own smoothies. You can freeze them in a reusuable bottle or use an insulated bottle to keep them cold.

- PackIt lunch bag
- Lunchblox

What do you think? Would your kids enjoy a smoothie with their lunch? Are you already doing that?

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Birdy& Bambi October 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

That looks amazing! And it looks like summer which is desperatley needed over here.

We have a summerly post as well today:

Love from Germany,


2 Laura October 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

I think this is my favorite lunch! (I love this series!!) My 7-yr-old won’t eat sandwiches, but she LOVES everything in today’s post. Well, we’ve never tried green smoothies…we’re traditional strawberry smoothie lovers. Maybe we’ll give them a shot. Can you share a good recipe?


3 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

Laura, I really love the green smoothie recipe from (Disclosure – I have collaborated with them on several projects and have tried dozens of their recipes.) After making their recipes, my husband was like, “Oh, I do like green smoothies!” haha Mine tend to be a little too green for his taste.


4 Brimful October 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

We are big green smoothie fans…and yet I’ve never thought to send one in the lunch box before! How does the one you used hold up (i.e. does it settle in the bottle or can it be drunk as is)?

Great menu!


5 Becki October 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

My daughter is a HS freshman and swims every morning at 6 for a couple of hours. While I get lunches ready, my husband makes a smoothie and pours it into a blender bottle for her. After swim, she drinks her breakfast on the way to school. It is great. The bottle solves the settling problem blends everything back up.


6 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 22, 2013 at 8:35 am

Thanks for adding this in , Becki! That was what I was going to say. Usually it just needs a good shake or two for it to come back together.


7 Alison October 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

The pack it is great! I found mine at tj maxx for $10!


8 mandi@herbanhomestead October 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I am loving this series! My kids are homeschooled, but I’m liking these ideas for field trips and just days at home! Thank you for putting it all together!


9 anne thorne October 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

that lunch would keep my kids very “regular”. good work. better not wear the tights with the jumpsuit with the belt that day. :)


10 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 22, 2013 at 8:32 am

Ha! Well, might want to skip this one if you think it would be a problem. :)


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