Lindsay’s Lunchbox #12

Can you believe it’s Friday already?! This week went pretty quickly, probably because I’m on Spring break and it always goes by too fast!

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Here’s your weekly dose of lunchtime cuteness:


And then check this out…a solar powered lunchbox!!! Amazing.


If 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

Now on to the food! Here are this week’s ideas:

1. Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Pancakes
I know I’ve suggested pancakes before but these are OATMEAL pancakes. Clearly different. This week I found myself craving oatmeal pancakes, which is a little strange because I’m not sure I’ve ever even had oatmeal pancakes before! Perhaps it has something to do with the 10 lbs of oats I bought from Costco! Anyways, I did a little searching and came upon this recipe and made a few modifications. I used 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 c Skim milk, 3/4 white whole wheat flour, 3/4 c oats, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp honey. The batter made about 10 pancakes which gave me enough for two lunches! I topped them with a sliced banana, more Greek yogurt for extra protein and added raisins to half of them because I love oatmeal raisin cookies :) They turned out great. Chewy and hearty but still fluffy! AND they kept me full for 4 hours…pretty much unheard of for me!

2. Banana Graham Soft Serve
Remember when I first tried this banana soft serve? Well I’ve been meaning to make more since then, but I can’t seem to stop using my bananas in baked goods! Then I read Sarah’s post on Banana Graham Peanut Butter and I became obsessed with the idea of combining bananas and graham crackers! All I did was freeze two bananas, turn them into soft serve and then added two graham crackers. Last second, I mixed in some chocolate chips. Heaven. If you’re feeling bold, add some peanut butter like Sarah did! This would be delightful to pack for lunch. Just move it from the freezer to your lunchbox in the morning and it should be just melty enough to eat by lunch time!

3. Fruit Chips
A fun way to change up your fruit intake. Several months ago I made Apple Chips which were delicious!

This week I tried banana chips. I had one banana left so I sliced it thin, spread the slices on a baking sheet, squirted them with lemon juice and baked them for 2 hours (flipping every 1/2 hour) at 170 degrees F. That’s as low as my oven goes but I think any temp between 150 and 200 degrees would work. Slice thin, but not too thin, or it will be hard to flip them. As they cool, they will harden into crunchy chips…perfect for snacking on alone or tossing in your trail mix!

Mine got a little brown because I was too lazy to put the lemon juice on both sides :) But still tasty!

Reader Submissions:

Sarah @ The Pajama Chef sent me a picture of her Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Salad!
She said, “Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Salad is a dish I created–it’s a mix of black beans, corn, and red quinoa served in a Mexican-inspired dressing made with a lime, cilantro, and red chili flakes. I love it because it’s very flavorful and versatile, and can be enjoyed hot or cold, by itself or over baby greens/spinach. I haven’t tried it as a wrap but if some of the liquid was drained, I bet it would be yummy that way too. I’m really looking forward to adding to this salad with farmer’s market veggies this summer!”

Kristina @ Food Fun Fabulous submitted a pic of her Lemon Couscous with Tomatoes & White Beans!

Both look crazy delicious in my opinion!! Thanks ladies :)

Remember, if you’re eating something healthy and delicious for lunch, snap a pic and send it to me to be included in next week’s post.

To see previous posts in this series, click the recipe tab at the top of the page and scroll all the way down to the bottom!



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. I want a solar powered lunchbox!! I’d be the coolest gal at work if I brought that in :) Oh, by the way, if you’re into the Cake Boss he will be at the place I work on Saturday (I’m not really allowed to type where I work anywhere in the blog world, sorry I’m being sort of weird about saying it…).

    The apple chips look delicious, and thanks for that couscous recipe, I think that’s right up my alley.
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  2. great idea with the fruit chips!

  3. Woah that solar powered lunch box is SO cool!!
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  4. I have been wanting to try apple chips. I can’t believe it’s Friday either! Time is flying! :)
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  5. I’ve absolutely never heard of a solar powered lunchbox – how crazy innovative is that??? And pancakes for lunch? Equally genius!

  6. Shout-outs to The Smart Kitchen two weeks in a row? Wow, how did I get so lucky? :) [And I love the soft serve idea! I might have to try THAT this weekend…]
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  7. thanks for including me! i love that solar power lunch box….how fun :) i’ll have to try your fruit chips too, they look great.
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  8. Always love this series. I am definitely going to need to try that pancake…I love pancakes so much!
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  9. My Mom almost bought the bow lunchbox that you put up in lunchbox post #8! I told her to hold off and that someone might get it for her for mother’s day! The baked fruit chips is a great idea. I need to get on that one!

  10. Wow—the banana graham soft serve looks so yummy! I love banana soft serve, but I really like the idea of spicing it up a bit!
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  11. Oh my goodness, you have lots of tasty treats! I have been meaning to try banana soft serve for so long It sounds so easy!

    I love dried apples- I could eat those alone for days.

  12. A solar powered lunchbox?! Now that is LUXURY!!! LOVE the idea of graham banana soft serve!!! OOOH!!!! Thanks for the great idea Lindsay! Have a great weekend.
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  13. Lindsay,

    First, congratulations on the all new site! I’m so excited for you!

    Second, did you just know that bananas are my favorite thing? I just love them and I can’t tell you how much my mouth was drooling over the amazing recipes that you have in this post!

    And finally, I’m so, so excited that you joined the ingredient challenge! There’s five of us already and I can’t wait to see what everyone’s dishes come out to look like! Just a short week until the big reveal!
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