What’s REALLY in Your Kid’s Lunchbox?

what to pack for jk lunchOne of the things I fretted about when Little Monkey started JK back in September was prepping her lunches and snacks. When the Toronto Star featured us along side some pretty famous Canadians, many wondered how long I’d be able to send the list of items I had featured until the box came home untouched. Well, now that we’re 7 months into the whole parenting a Junior Kindergartner thing, I figured it’s time for a status update!


Disclosure : This post is in partnership with  iögo, but as always, opinions are totally mine! 


At the start of our journey we said we’d be sending broccoli, raisins, yogurt, cucumbers, rice cakes and granola bars. I never set high expectations of sending food cut up in cute little shapes and designs, because I KNEW I wouldn’t have time for that. Glad I didn’t!

Here’s a picture of Little Monkey’s lunchbox today. Yes  today!

Junior kindergarten lunch


I try my best to incorporate some fruits and veggies but I’ve come to learn that there’s a balance needed. She still loves her Broccoli with salad dressing (forget the salad dressing and it comes back home!) and cucumbers are always a hit. She now wants to peel her own fruits so the orange usually makes it in. With all the crazy stories floating around about rice cakes, I decided to stop buying that and now save it for road trips versus every day enjoyment. I did get a request to include string cheese DAILY and despite knowing that it really isn’t cheese (not the way I like to enjoy my fine cheese anyway!) I gave in. I had to. She also asks for a treat every day and so I do oblige.

Mind you there’s plenty of days when the food comes back home semi-eaten but she’s fairly good and finishing it at home on those days. She’s still not a big eater, has her favourites and she’s definitely not a fan of sandwiches so we struggle on the protein front. When it came to the yogurt, I was a bit hesitant on how well insulated her bag was but I was informed it was still cold when she had it for her snack. So, I continue to send it every day and she continues to gobble it up.

Our family has been fans of the iögo brand when it comes to yogurt and because the hubs and the kids go through a carton of yoghurt every couple of days, I was pretty stoked to discover the big format iögo pouches at our supermarket one day. Just out of the blue there they were, iögo Original in 975g Goodness Sealed pounches! iögo has always promised natural ingredients and their yogurt features  fresh milk and real fruit. In addition there’s no gelatin, artificial colours or flavours in their line up.

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What I love about the new iögo pouches isn’t just the fact that they’re bigger than the 650 g packs we used to buy, but that I don’t need to spend time digging for a spoon to pour it into the lunch box container each night! Seriously, it’s usually well past 11 p.m. by the time I make the lunch and every second saved is a win in my books. The pouches make it so easy to just pour and they’re reclosable, making is ever so convenient for lazy parents like me.

Most grocery stores now carry the pouches and for us in downtown Toronto, Metro, Longos, Sobeys and Loblaws, all have it on-shelf. They are available in three ranges : iögo Original (975g) (Vanilla & Strawberry), iögo Probio (875g) ( Vanilla & Strawberry with 25% less sugar than the original recipe) and the iögo Greek (750g) ( Vanilla 2% & Plain 0%).


IMG_9694 (Custom)So the yogurt goes to school but I do not mix in any fruits as it gets all too messy. Also strawberry and vanilla are her favourite flavours and I get no complaints when I send the  iögo Original. Though I do have half a mind to puree carrot into the Greek yogurt (to cut down on the sugar a smidge) to see if she notices!  If you have other suggestions for proteins, I’m all ears because eggs, chicken sandwiches and hummus have all failed at school.

Tell me, what’s in your kid’s lunch box these days?


  • Andrea
    April 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    SO great that you are very aware of what is going in your child’s lunchbox!

  • Jessica
    April 5, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Way to go on packing healthy lunches. My kids are picky so I keep trying to find what they like. Some days is a struggle but like you I always offer a variety.

    • Yashy
      April 5, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thanks!! You’re right, variety is key!

  • paula schuck
    April 5, 2016 at 9:08 am

    She is so cute Yashy!! I love Iogo here too. We use a tonne of yogurt. Strangely I give it to the kids and not myself though.. Anyways it is a staple in my children’s lunches. We prefer the handy tubes and we also always freeze a box of them too so they have some nutritious frozen snacks.

    • Yashy
      April 5, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Brilliant idea of freezing them.. great for the summer I bet!

  • Virginia
    April 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Awesome lunchbox! looks yummy & healthy!

  • Michelle T
    April 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I have never heard of this yogurt before. I will have to give it a try and see if my girls like it. That’s a lot of fruits and veggies you pack. That’s a big meal for lunch. I just usually pack a sandwich, 1 fruit and snack, and juice box. They usually always bring home some left over just from that. My girls aren’t big veggie fans.

  • RaNesha
    April 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I love to see kids eat healthy great lunch options.

  • katrina gehman
    April 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    i try to pack healthier things when i do pack. my kids like hot lunch more than cold lunches.

  • Lisa Rios
    April 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Your kid looks so cute. I always love to pack my kids lunch boxes with healthy foods & snacks to make sure they eat properly. They are picky as well which means I had to come up with new ideas every day.

  • Jasmine Watts
    April 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

    It looks yummy & healthy! Healthy food is so important to stay healthy!!

  • Chandra O'Connor
    April 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

    That’s a good lunch, but what are the stories going around for rice cakes!

    • Yashy
      April 20, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Something about rice and arsenic rice… so everything in moderation I guess. Just can’t be eating 2 a day like she was!

  • Maggie C
    April 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Such cute lunches! I see the tetra pack IOGO yogurt! I have gone too from the containers to the packs – prefer the tetrapacks a whole lot more!

  • Kim Tanti
    April 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I hate making lunches. My daughter is a very healthy eater who will not eat sandwitches. So I have to make Meat balls,or tabouli,chickpeas salads hummus veggies ect. My hubby will take as many buns and cold cuts as I will make. I laso so not like to use plastic containers. God help me.Now you know why I hate lunches. LOL

  • Emily
    December 13, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Love these ideas! I love packing cool lunches 😀

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