It takes a lot of time and planning to make lunches for your kids, especially now that the school year is ending and they may already be burnt out on the same ol’ options. It’s not easy finding healthy but fun and good-tasting foods that they will actually eat.
Here are a few ideas (courtesy of www.school-lunch-ideas.com) to pack in some healthy fun in your kids’ lunches:
- Sandwich shapes. Use cookie cutters to turn a peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a fun shape.
- Roll ‘em up. Instead of a traditional sandwich, spread a tortilla with cream cheese and salami, or peanut butter and raisins. We’re big fans of the Pinwheel Roll-Up Sandwich.
- Small bites. Cut up fresh fruit or cheese into bite-size squares.
- Think small. Kids love mini muffins and bagels in different flavors.
- Don’t forget a sweet little something. Include a small sweet treat, like this Sunshine Snack Mix with California Raisins (right).
- Snack time. Throw in a box of California Raisins, rice cake or a baggie of mixed nuts – these are things that are easy to grab and eat during a short recess, and will provide an energy boost during class.
Many kid-friendly recipes for lunch and snack ideas can be found here.
Every once in a while, surprise your child with a special note or drawing. It’s sure to put a smile on his or her face!