I find 90% of what the school system serves for lunch is processed garbage, so I pack his lunch nearly every day. I also pack his snack...who in the world needs ice cream every day?
So what do I pack him? I give a choice everyday of a healthy sandwich, soup, salad (the varities of these are almost endless), a fruit/veggie, a cracker/chip type thing, string cheese, something sweet (and healthy-ish at least), and a 100% juice box or low-sodium V8.
Turkey and Provolone on a whole wheat sandwich round
Light String Cheese
100 Calorie Peanut Butter Crackers
100 Calorie Pretzel Bar
Juicy Juice 100% Juice Orange Tangerine juice box
Now I know that is not a 100% perfect lunch, but I know it is well balanced and far healthier than what the school offers. All food groups are pretty well covered, and it didn't cost an arm and a leg. I'll try to continue posting different lunches!