Ava’s French Lunch

Ava's Around the World Lunch - France

This week Ava’s Around the World Lunch is inspired by the food of France.

The Snacks

We were in a bit of a hurry, so I started by grabbing some popular French snacks – a dark chocolate covered biscuit and a tiny, ultra creamy imported French yogurt called Petit Montenbourg (Ava’s favorite flavor is raspberry, but the little six-pack also comes with flavors like pear, apricot and banana). It’s really special that I can offer Ava the same snacks I enjoyed when I lived in France as a teenager (I was delighted to find both at Whole Foods).

Studying Monet at Philbrook in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Studying Monet at Philbrook in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Sandwich

As for Ava’s sandwich – we did a simple cheese sandwich, though butter and ham would also be very French. A little lettuce adds color and a bit of nutrition – remember romaine lettuce offers much more than iceberg (Romaine is 17% protein and one head contains 4 1/2 times more vitamin A than a large carrot!). I’ve always added greens to Ava’s sandwiches, so it’s never been a struggle to “get” her to eat them. Sometimes it’s just easier to put them on the healthy path from the beginning, rather than try to correct bad habits later.

A Few Tips and Tricks:

  • We use thin breads a lot for Ava – at 5 years old, they’re a lot easier for her to handle. If you’re making lunch for an older child, try using a baguette or a croissant.
  • If you can’t find the tiny French yogurts, you can use regular yogurt – simply look for flavors like pear, peach, raspberry, or apricot. If the yogurt is too big to fit into your lunch container, simply spoon it in. Add some fresh berries on top for a nutritious boost!


Ava's Around the World LunchesWhy show you Ava’s lunch?

Ava’s Around the World Lunches began when I shared a few of Ava’s globally-inspired lunches on Instagram and Facebook. Turns out a lot of people are looking for lunch ideas – whether for school or work.

In this weekly column, I share one of our Around the World lunches with you. I give you tips, like where to find ingredients or possible substitutions. If you have ideas for lunches you’d like to see or challenges you need help dealing with, let me know in the comments!



  1. elisa waller says

    I love love love this…I totally remember the dark chocolate croissants in franceand I picked out the cheese at that french supermarket we went to when I visited you. The delicious breads and always green foods..I love how much value is placed on their food..a votre sante’ tee hee

  2. meganleiann says

    Thanks for doing this. Planning lunches is such a struggle for me. It’s lovely to have some international inspiration.

    • Sasha Martin says

      I’m so glad to hear you’re finding it helpful, Megan. It can be tough to figure out lunches day-in and day-out. A lot of times we rely on leftovers!

  3. Very nice. I would say chic if one could use the term for food. Yes the French dairy products are so much better than any American rubbish. Still I am not a great fan of the dairy culture in the US. We eat too much dairy products in this country which cause huge health problems. So in my opinion dairy products once a week should be the maximum. And that would include milk.

    Also do you put the lunch box in a cooler bag? Because dairy products get spoiled very fast especially in a hot climate. I have had many kids who have got sick because their products were not properly packed.

    Sasha I still say this is not enough food for her! 🙂 Does the school provide morning and afternoon snacks? Or maybe Eva has a very short program of 5 hours and comes home for a hearty meal? In my schools most kids spend 8 hours so they need good solid food.

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