Looking for a fun way to send the little ones back to school? Drop the PBJ and chips and send your children back to school with a wider variety of lunches.
There are more options than that little carton of milk from the cafeteria. Yoghurt manufacturers have gone to great lengths to make their product more child friendly. Squeezable cups and tubes of fruit flavored product. Try freezing yoghurt tubes and placing them in the lunchbox before school. They are designed to thaw by lunch. Make sliced cheese more fun by cutting out fun shapes with cookie cutters before packing the slice in the lunch box.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but there are more options than apple slices for today’s picky eaters. Try freezing chunks of watermelon and packing them in a small reusable container. Blackberries, black grapes or blueberries offer higher antioxidant nutrients and pack well in small, reusable containers.
If you are looking for a fun way to serve your child more vegetables, try packing them in a small Bento Box. Fill the smaller containers of the box with a variety of fresh vegetables such as mini carrots, sugar snap peas and fresh broccoli “trees.” Fill one of the bento containers with a low fat dipping sauce.
There are more to sandwiches than just bologna and peanut butter and jelly. Try stuffing a pita pocket with shredded chicken and a tablespoon of barbecue sauce for a quick chicken BBQ sandwich. Put pepperoni and cream cheese on a thin bagel for a spicy alternative to a sub sandwich. Cut ham and cheese into small squares and pack with crackers. Your child can build her own cracker sandwich.
Pack your child’s lunch in small plastic reusable containers. There are more on the market now than ever before and they come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. While you get your child used to bringing the containers home and placing them in the sink for washing, use inexpensive reusable containers. Once you have gotten your child in the habit you can move up to the more expensive dishes.