It’s obviously back to school time, there’s even a hash tag for it #BTS and I’m sure it’s been trending since July 1st. For my family however, it’s not exactly BACK to school, it’s school for the first time. Last year, Princess Little Girl was in preschool. She went 3 days a week for 3 hours every time. To get her used to the “real deal” we packed her a “lunch”, it was really just a bunch of snacks, because she ate like a horse before leaving at 11:30am and wasn’t exactly hungry when lunch rolled around. By the time she made it home at 2:30pm, she was hungry once again. This year however, we have to pack a real lunch, plus snacks. I’ve heard lots of parents complain about this daily task, and I’m sure by the time October rolls around, I’ll be right there with them. But it’s still a daily chore that needs to be done – like it or not.
I’ve been surfing the web for kid lunches and wanted to share some tips that I came across on the Chicken.ca website. They have a wealth of knowledge, so why recreate the wheel? Here are a few of the great lunch tips in a nut shell:
- Dipping sauces: Kids love to dip things, fruits and veggies are great for dipping and using a low fat dip or yogurt are a great way to get them to eat their greens & fiber.
- Kabobs: Kabobs are so much fun, cube some cheese, grapes, cucumbers and cooked chicken. Rather then sticks, use pretzels or maybe even uncooked spaghetti if it’s strong enough.
- Make Art: Give them a pit, spread (like hummas) along with raisins and banana and let them create a picture for them to devour.
Here’s a suggestion I would like to add:
- Cut outs: Use cookie cutters to cut out cute designs in fruit, cheese and sandwiches and meat. Who doesn’t like to eat crown shaped watermelon, or cheese sandwiches? Cut out’s can also be used to design nifty creatures, if your kids love Big Bird, find a way to turn a sandwich into Big Bird, use all the healthy things you want them to eat, carrots, eggs, chicken, blue berries and turn a sandwich into Big Bird. Stick it into a Bento Box and viola, your kids have a fun sandwich and I’m sure you had fun creating him.
In surfing the Chicken.ca website, I also came across this adorable mini Polenta Chicken Pizza Bites that would be perfect for little lunches:
Happy lunch making.
I may have over exaggerated by being frustrated with making lunches by October, listening to other Moms, the frustration starts by September 15th. Make it fun, get creative…. (says the Mom who hasn’t had to make daily lunches yet). Let’s talk in a few weeks time, and maybe I’ll have a few extra tips then.
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