Back To School Lunches on Good Morning America

You didn’t think I wasn’t going to share the story about my back-to-school MOMables lunches on Good Morning America, right?

I had a blast showing MOMables lunches on Good Morning America last week!

The last couple of weeks have been such an adventure! From work travel to family things to closing out the summer and getting ready to get into a back-to-school routine.

And then, in the middle of shopping for my kids’ supplies and getting our schedules ready, I get a call from Good Morning America about coming on a segment just a couple of days later… so of course, I said YES!

Check out this quick video about the 24hour trip, one I still can’t wrap my head around.

As you can see from the video, one minute you are home and the next you are headed to the airport …#mindblown. I’m no celebrity, so opportunities like this still leave me speechless and pinching myself the entire time.

I arrived in New York Sunday afternoon and went straight to Drybar to have my hair blown out…because, priorities you know?

Drybar hair for Good Morning America

The next morning, on segment day, my wake-up call was for 4:00 am. Sadly for me, there was no coffee pot in the room for me to brew a few cups before heading out to the studio across the street.

Once you get to the studio, all you can do is wait for a run through with the producers and then wait for your segment. That’s where I met Alice Choi of, another food blogger, and fellow mom.

I loved that they showed our kids on the segment; because really, if it weren’t for my kids I wouldn’t be at GMA. It’s being their mom that provided me perspective and where I realized that there were other parents that also needed help packing fresh school lunches and making meals for their families.

I felt 100% prepared for the segment, and when it was my turn to walk Ginger Zee (the anchor) and Alex Guarnaschelli (from Chopped) through my recipe, it felt easy and natural.

On set with our lunches on Good Morning America

After the show, we got to watch a live performance from Rita Ora, not a bad Monday, and then we got to meet and take photos with Michael Strahan and Alex Guarnaschelli.

Laura Fuentes, Michael Strahan, Alex Guarnaschelli

In the end, I got “chopped” by Alex, and she chose the veggie meatballs as the better lunchbox idea; and that’s completely ok. I met Robin Roberts, and she was as delightful as you can imagine. She is, after all, our favorite down South.

Laura Fuentes with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America

I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and experience. Of course, it ended as fast as it came, since I flew home the same day. By the time I pulled into my driveway at 11:45 pm, I was ready to go to bed, almost in a daze from the excitement of an unbelievable day.

If you want to watch the full segment, check it out here. It’s from Alice Choi’s youtube channel: 

And last but not least, here is the recipe for my Lunchbox Burrito Bowl, it is sure to be a winner this school year!

What do your kids look forward to finding in their lunchbox? 


My unforgettable 24hours in NYC to go on Good Morning America are on the blog today! Check out the post and my behind-the-scenes video! #GMA

August 30, 2017

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Alyssa - August 29, 2018 Reply

i have to say that if I were the judge I would have picked Laura Fuentes lunch because it utilizes more left overs, sounds more appetizing, WAY LESS PREP! who wants cold meatballs?, and way more customizable! Hands down best!! Good job Laura!

    Laura Fuentes - August 30, 2018 Reply

    awww thanks Alyssa! <3

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