Do you ever get tired of packing the same old thing every day for your children? Do you get tired of seeing that your children are eating foods aren’t healthy for them? And paying money for that same food? A lunch of Cheetos and ice cream sandwiches one day had me thinking about how our family could pack good lunches that the kids would actually eat. Here’s what I’ve learned. . .
I’ve been packing lunches for over 20 years. As a result I’ve learned a lot about buying and packing lunches and find that buying lunch at school is something we only let the children do from time to time. This year we have a “picky eater” who loves peanut butter headed off to Kindergarten. This can make packing lunches a challenge. Unfortunately her school is a “nut free” zone so I need to look for new ideas to make lunch look lovely and to make simply scrumptious sack lunches that they will actually eat. I plan on using some old ideas that are tried and true as well as incorporate some fun and interesting ways to make sure that the kids get the foods they need and a meal that they will eat.
Packed not processed. My daughters love the pre-packed lunches you can purchase in the deli section and they do offer a nice selection to help you change up your lunch options. But we are trying to pack, not process our meals so consider using all natural, organic, grain fed foods, especially when it comes to raw fruits and vegetables, meats and drinks.
Think small, not tall. Last year my daughter kept telling me, “Mommy, you are packing too much for lunch!” . . .