Making healthy school lunches that my kids will eat can be a real challenge. My guys can be a little picky too, which adds to the challenge. There are a few things that I feel are important when planning their lunches:
- Choosing healthy food
- Providing a variety of choices
- Ensuring it is garbage free
- Making sure it is kept at the right temperature
It is also important to let your child be involved in choosing what will be in his or her lunch. I find that the more involved they are, the less food comes home at the end of the school day.
Due to nut allergies, we can not send peanut butter or nut products in the kids’ lunches. This means we have to be a little creative sometimes. We buy soy butter, which looks and tastes like peanut butter, and put a note in the lunch bag explaining what it is. The note is important, or you will get calls from the school! Since my kids get bored of sandwiches fairly quickly, I rotate between sandwiches, bagels and cheese and crackers. I freeze yogurt tubes and include them in the lunch bag so that they can act as a cooling agent as well as a treat, and I freeze an inch of water in the bottom of their water bottles for the same reason.
I try to get my kids to try some new things by sending it in their lunches too. This works better with my daughter than with my son, but I will make her a type of sandwich she has never had and since she’s hungry, she will try it. We have found some great new lunch ideas for her by doing this. My son will take one look at it and put it back in the lunch bag, choosing hunger over trying something new…so know who you’re doing this too. You don’t want them hungry all day!
You can find some great ideas for lunches at the Dempster’s Lunch Box Inspirations site. Be sure to check it out!
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“Disclosure – I am participating in the Dempster’s Lunch Box Inspirations program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Dempster’s Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.”