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

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