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Do you have challenges trying to figure out what to pack your child/children for their school lunch?
I love my daughter bless her sweet soul but she’s a picky eater so it’s a challenge to figure out what to pack her for her school lunch. School starts next week for us so naturally I’ve been thinking about this. Here favorite of course is anything with peanut butter something we can’t send to school due to nut allergies for other children.
My daughter is slowly starting to expand her menu selection but it’s still quite limited so I asked on Facebook of you our wonderful readers for some ideas on what you pack for your children. I”m also including some of the ones we do and I think it would be wonderful if we heard from even more people as I’m sure (I hope) that my daughter is not the only picky eater out there 🙂
UPDATE FOR 1st WEEK BACK AT SCHOOL
I just had to share now that we’ve done 4 full days (September 4-7) back to school with my daughter that #8 on the list below.
The chopped chicken in the tortilla wrap she loved it! I added brown rice to it, just warmed up the rice first with the chicken, rolled the wrap and insulated it in tin foil. She had it 3x that week and the 4th day she had a soft taco. Left over taco meat with shredded cheese in you guessed it a tortilla wrap lol
I’ve also added a bunch of your ideas to the second list thanks everyone for sharing!!
Here’s what we do:
- Pasta in a thermos – we warm it up in the morning and put it in an airtight thermos that lasts until lunch according to my daughter
- Cheese strings
- Cheese & crackers
- Whole wheat hot dog bun and a low sodium all beef hot dog in a thermos
- Carrots, bell peppers (orange and yellow she actually likes these!) & Cucumbers
- Apples, oranges, bananas and grapes her favorite fruits
- Cheese sandwiches
- Our new idea chopped up chicken breast that she likes in a wrap – she said she might try it with lettuce
- I forgot about this one originally Luna Bars my daughter loves the Smores ones & the cookies and cream they are healthier than they sound 🙂 I like their coconut one yum same company that makes Clifbars.
Here are some wonderful suggestions that we received from readers
- Pepperoni and Mickey ear cheese in a container
- Turkey wraps
- Peanut butter with the crust sliced off and rolled up like a sushi roll( you can add nutella or honey or jelly also)
- Bagel Bites
- Motts Pouches
- Laughing Cow Cheese
- Baby Bell Cheese
- All Natural Peanut Butter
- Plum Organic snacks especially the Mash-ups and granola (they have a chocolate flavored one!)
- Cream cheese & grape jelly sandwiches
- Krave cereal in a baggie
- Cut up fresh fruits mixed in a bowl and different varieties of trail mix
- Funbites (which cuts food up into different shapes) might help with kids who are picky because they get bored with “the same old thing
- Bags of dry cereal, if she likes cereal. There is all kinds of healthy cereal now and not just the sugary stuff
- Pretzels/pretzel thins/pita chips with hummus or pb, yogurt (freeze tubes/cups the night before), bagel thin with cream cheese or pb, try adding peas or edamame to pasta
- pocket thins w/turkey
- grapes, grape tomatoes, strawberries
- reheated baked beans, ravioli or spaghetti-o’s
- leftover pizza
- pudding with 5 chocolate chips she can add at lunch
- 100 calorie pack snacks (be sure to look at fat content as many are outrageous in saturated fats!)
- cheese quesadillas or bean and cheese in tortillas (in thermos)
- bean and cheese (in thermos)
That’s what we have so far let’s hear from more of you Moms, Grandmas, Aunts and anyone else with creative food ideas! Comment below and don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away I have to publish them and this way I don’t miss any! Happy Back to School 🙂