It is easy to fall into a lunch rut and pack the same things each day or to rely on prepackaged foods that can be expensive. Taking a 3 step approach can help provide variety as well as balanced, healthy lunches that kids will actually eat! There are so many reusable storage items available for lunches that can keep your masterpieces looking great until lunch. Reusable containers can often be easier for kids to open instead pre-portioned snack bags such as chips. Thermoses give a great opportunity for warm meals instead of the typical cold lunch (see "Lunch Helpers").
Step 1: Pick a main dish!
Lunch meat and cheese roll ups
Mac & cheese
Hard boiled eggs
Hummus and pita bread
Waffles as bread with sunbutter and jelly for a twist on the classic sandwich
Croissant sandwich with pepperoni or sausage and marinara dipping sauce
Sausage, cheese and crackers
Step 2: Pick 2 sides and don’t forget dipping sauces!
Bread sticks with spreadable cheese
Corn chips and bean dip
Seeds such as pumpkin and shelled sunflowers
Cucumbers with cream cheese
Step 3: Pick a treat
Fruit with a twist such as strawberries and blueberries with a spoonful of whip cream
Yogurt with granola
Chocolate covered pretzels
Written by: Deanna Riggs, MS, CCC-SLP/L