Lindsay’s Lunchbox #10

Happy Friday, Friends!

I found lots of goodies for you this week! I love Built lunchbags because they’re super flexible and come in tons of bright, fun patterns! I especially love this one because it zips shut…and guess what?! They’re machine washable!


I love this one because it makes me laugh :)


And finally, I like this one because of how neatly it all clips together. Someone I used to work with had one of these and he loved it! It comes with a built in plate and a little container for sauce or dressing.


Moving on…In case you’re new to Lindsay’s Lunchbox, it’s a weekly feature on my blog where I post a few healthy lunch ideas. In addition, I ask readers to send me pics of things they ate for lunch this week. I compile them all into these posts, thus providing everyone reading with a one-stop shop for lunchtime inspiration! Did you eat something great for lunch this week? Next time, snap a picture and email it to me at!

Here are this week’s ideas:

1) Homemade granola bars
I love granola bars and over the past year or so I’ve made dozens of batches, each one a little different. I’m still on the quest to make the perfect batch. Usually mine have some combination of oats, sliced almonds, wheat germ, cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter and honey….then then i’m experimenting with the rest. I added some applesauce this week which made them a bit to chewy for me. I prefer crunchy. Anyways, the point is it’s super easy to make your own homemade version. Who needs store bought?

Enjoy them by themselves or crumble them up with some fruit and yogurt!

2. Leftover Pizza
Homemade, please! Make yourself a nice pizza pie for dinner and throw the leftovers in your lunchbox. I love homemade pizza because you can control how much salt is in the sauce, how much sauce you put on and how much cheese you put on! You can also add a ton of toppings for a lot cheaper. One of the very first posts I ever did on this blog was about homemade pizza! This time, the hubby enjoyed bacon and avocado on his side, while i packed mine with black beans and veggies like spinach, peppers and onions!

3. Cheese & Homemade Crackers
Apparently this is the week of homemade suggestions. Better head to your kitchen! In case you missed my post earlier this week, I made Homemade Wheat Thins and they were DELICIOUS! They’re super easy and have a really short ingredient list. I packed some in my lunch with a slice of pepperjack cheese!


Reader Submissions:

Lindsey @ Lovin’ My Life sent me  a picture of her Asian Chopped Salad! It included:

Red leafy lettuce
Red pepper
Snow peas
Green onions
Toasted sesame seeds
Wonton strips
Trader ming’s (found at trader joes) Gyoza dipping sauce

And carrots and English cucumber with trader joes cilantro and japaleno hummus

Kelli sent me a pic of the wrap she made with a whole wheat tortilla, Sabra Pine Nut Hummus, Lettuce, Tomato, Scallions, Green Pepper and Shredded Carrots. YUM!!

Thanks for the pictures ladies :)

In other news, the boys got a special lunch treat this week when they enjoyed a “hot dog” that we bought for them over the weekend at the Home and Garden show!

As usual, Tucker made a mess, but he licked up every last crumb!

In case you didn’t know, we recently started leaving our dogs out of their cages while we’re gone during the day, after Tucker figured out how to undo both of the latches on his cage…So far they’ve been very good. Although one of them did decide to munch on one of the cat bowls…

I’m looking at Abner…However, other than that, it appears all they do is run around for a bit, knock all the pillows off of the couch, mess up the rugs and then lay down and go to sleep (and they’re even getting better about that) so I guess I can’t complain.

So tell me, do you have a go-to crunchy granola bar recipe?! If so, please leave the link for me in the comments!

If you’d like to look at previous editions of Lindsay’s Lunchbox, click here or click the recipes tab at the top of the page and then scroll all the way down to the bottom!

Have a great weekend!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. The granola bars, pizza, and cheese and crackers all sound so yummy—I love the lunch bag (the first one) too!

    I make a crunchy granola bar that has all kinds of nuts, seeds, and then maple syrup, acai pulp and goji berries…it’s really good…although costs an arm and a leg to make :)
    Lisa @ Thrive Style recently posted..Hormone Casseroles and Life Changers

  2. Oh my goodness…I have only once made anything even passably successful as a granola bar! I can make really great granola, but trying to get it into bar form just never works out like I plan. I DO have success with my Sara(h)bars though…probably because the food processor is involved. :)
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Cran-Beefy Stew

  3. The Asian salad looks so good! I just told Sean that I was tired of boring salads this morning but I think I could live with that for lunch :)

    Your pizza look great too! I need to master pizza dough.
    Alicia at AliGirl Cooks recently posted..AliGirl Approved- Slow Simmered Meat Sauce

  4. Homemade crackers sounds like a fun weekend project! Good timing!
    I’m also on the lookout for a good homemade bar recipe. I want to try to mimic these banana bread raw bars I buy, but don’t have a dehydrator :(
    Meri recently posted..Subtermerian Homesick Blues

  5. I love that first lunch bag! I recently traded in my Little Mermaid lunch bag for a cute one I picked up at Target. It’s actually big enough to hold all the food I cart to work!
    Allison @ Running With Mascara recently posted..Getting To Know…Sasha Says

  6. I have that Built lunchbag! I absolutely love it. It holds all of my containers of food and everything. Plus, it’s adorable :) Husband got it for me for Christmas. Happy Friday friend!!
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite recently posted..St Pattys Day Eats

    • you’re a lucky girl!! it looks awesome. i’d probably buy it if I didn’t already have like 5 lunchboxes! happy weekend!! have a great one :)

  7. I like your lunch post! I’m always needing lunch ideas. I’ve never actually made homemade granola bars. I keep telling myself I will and I have the ingredients but I haven’t gotten around to it. Yours look great! Maybe I’ll try this weekend :-)

  8. I have a lunch box/bag that I bring to work everyday! I love it, it’s a cute little puppy haha, I feel like such a kindergardener but hey, whatever makes you smile right?
    Jessica @ Dishin’ About Nutrition recently posted..Spiced Sweet Potato Bites

  9. I must admit I am more of a chewy granola bar person myself. Love all those great lunch bags. I am totally a sucker for a cute lunch bag!

    I see that you are also a donut fan and that you entered to win the donut pan on Iowa Girl Eats. I am giving away a copy of Lara Ferroni’s Doughnut Book, a donut pan, and an extra wide pastry bag for making French crullers on my blog. Stop by and enter to win. Winner will be announced on March 15.
    Nicole recently posted..Homemade Irish Cream Liquor

  10. I have that first lunch bag! It totally rocks!! And how good are homemade granola bars? I’ve made tons of them, but this is my favorite recipe (its more soft than crunchy- but still delicious):
    Erica recently posted..E- Blogger Brunch- Honeycomb Cafe

  11. lol, silly dogs! i’m so nervous about leaving capone out in our new apartment. he and his brothers have destroyed a couch and a chair at brad’s current house – but we’re all pretty sure one of the other dogs instigates it. when capone stays in brad’s room all day, nothing is harmed and brad has lots of things laying around that he could easily get into. ahh…
    sarah (sarah learns) recently posted..apps i’m loving right now!

    • i’m sure he will be a good boy! i was SO nervous about ours, but they’ve been fine. Abner threw up several large chunks of plastic last night so now I know for sure it was him who ate the bowl :)

  12. I got a super sweet oven mitt from that Built brand from a friend for my bday. Fun stuff! :)

    I can’t believe it’s lunchbox time again. The weeks fly by when we have these posts to look forward to! Have a wonderful Friday night, friend!

  13. LOVE that metal, snap together lunch kit. I’ve seen them in some import stores. At some point, I’m going to treat myself to one. Have a great weekend Lindsay!
    Roz recently posted..It was a housework kind of day…

  14. I made those wheat thins and they were ridic! Love at first taste!
    Heather (All Sizzle No Steak) recently posted..Hummus Dip – 2 Ways!


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