Okay, five nutritious lunches (and ten snacks) with no peanuts, gluten, coconut, or food coloring, and that are okay with just an ice pack and don't need to be heated and that make as little trash as possible. Ready to go by 8:30 AM, which lately would be around when I would be ready to start something. This is doable. Some people do this every day, earlier and with more restrictions. I may be doing it with more restrictions next year myself, as I think T will likely get braces this winter, eliminating crunchy and sticky foods.
I'm going to use various little containers and fit them all into a little cooler.
Gluten-free blueberry muffin (from the Bob's Red Mill recipe), pulled from my freezer stash*,
Turkey and cheese wrap in a store-bought almond flour tortilla with some cherry tomatoes, in a container from Planet Box,
Kiwi (half, the other half having been eaten at breakfast),
Store-bought lentil crackers and some popcorn in the Lunchbots,
Lemonade (in addition to water, which he brought every day).
That's about as much as could be stuffed into the cooler. T needed a snack when I picked him up every day anyway.
Banana breakfast cookies,
Parfait (homemade yogurt, strawberries from my trip to the farmers' market, gf granola),
Not shown: store-bought gf chocolate cookies and herb crackers.
Pumpkin bar (King Arthur's gf recipe),
Smoothie with avocado, strawberries and almond milk,
Cucumber, brown rice herb crackers,
Thursday (and yes, it's turned the wrong way. Thank you, Blogger...):
Dried strawberries. I'd dry fruit more often if it weren't so humid here--it keeps so well.
Not shown: lemonade, store-bought cookies.
America's Test Kitchen gluten-free brownie (I added chopped pecans.),
Ham and cheese wrap, halved cherry tomatoes.
Not shown: "school candy" (gummy bunnies) and an apple-cherry bar, in addition to the water.
*A great way to freeze muffins individually is in half-pint wide-mouth canning jars. Or you can fit two in a pint, three to four (depending on how tall they are) in a quart. Pull them out in the morning to thaw at room temperature for lunch or dinner--or if you'll want them for breakfast, thaw overnight. I wouldn't try this with other jars, like a jelly jar, because they're more likely to break in the freezer. Many of my canning jars even have a fill line to show where to stop if freezing something, so I know they're sturdy enough.