My kids start school next week (boo hoo & woo hoo), and I’m already thinking about what to pack in their lunchboxes. I start out loving back to school and packing lunches, but usually it pretty quickly becomes a chore. One way I keep it fun is to let the kids help pack their own lunches. That way I’m sure that they like what is packed, and they will actually eat it!
To keep it simple we have 4 things we pack in lunches.
- Main (aka protein). Either leftovers, tuna salad (only for Emma), sandwiches, salads, etc. I like to keep this simple, since the kids are kinda picky about what they like. For fun you can make shaped sandwiches, or pack their food in a bento box. If your kids are going through a no sandwich phase add string cheese, cheese and crackers or yogurt for protein.
- Fruit. My kids adore fruit. Fresh fruit works ok, but they love things like applesauce squeezers, clementines, sliced apples (with lemon) or berries.
- Veggies. One veggie at least. Usually carrots, celery, peppers, salad, or other raw veggies. Sometimes accompanied by dip, hummus or dressing.
- Treat. Not necessarily a sugary treat, but something that’s ‘filler’. This could be pretzels, Pirate Booty (you have to say ARGH when you eat it though), and the occasional cookie or treat.
5 Guidelines for a Healthy Lunchbox
1. Make it fun. If you’re creative make it fun with shaped foods, all one color of food, or a note in their lunchbox.
2. Keep it simple. If you pack too many options they won’t eat as much.
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