Our first born son, Rocco is heading to Kindergarten this year and with this life change, another ‘duty’ was added to mamas ever-growing list… packing lunch! Hubby is super excited about this, because it means that he’ll be getting a delicious lunch each day too!
And did you know that there are actually rules and no-no’s as to what you can and cannot pack for your child in their lunch-boxes? Oh yes, true! And pb&j (Rocco’s FAAAAAVORITE) is a ‘no-no’.
So after spending a night on super mama blogs, cool websites, Google and Pinterest, I present to you…
Lunchbox Ideas for Growing PiggyToes
I feel the need to write a disclaimer before I begin.
No, these ideas are not my own.
No, I won’t be making ham flowers.
Nor will you find me making Batman out of bread or minions out of fruit.
No mam, sorry.
(Rock on if you have the time and energy for that.)
The ideas I want to share with you are still fun though! They are kid-friendly, peanut free, healthy foods that I think most kids would love to eat for lunch this school-year!
Crescent Sandwiches: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Roast Beef & Cheese… Whatever your child prefers, roll in crescent dough & bake for 10 minutes! Serve with fresh fruit.
How easy is this? Aside from the health benefits of this simple lunch, you are still offering your child something sweet & special (the gummy worm)!
Skewers: rolled lunch-meat and cubed cheese + a variety of fresh fruit
The turtle thing? Don’t ask. However, my boys love those kinds of pretzels; a must buy for this school year!
Cookie Cutters: I will do this. I have so many cookie cutters and it takes no time at all to do something that I know will put a smile on my kids faces… It’s a fun sandwich placed next to colorful fruits & veggies!
Homemade ‘Lunchables’. No explanation needed; why do kids love these so much? I’m sure this will be my go-to lunch! Served with fresh fruit.
Lunch on a Stick: I really think I can handle the whole ‘wooden stick/plastic skewer’ thing this year. Cheese shapes? Maybe not. But skewers with cubed cheese, bread, tomatoes, etc… YES! I can do that!
Egg Salad Sandwich: My boys love egg salad and Rocco seriously requests lettuce on his sandwiches too.
Make a simple egg salad with fresh fruit and edamame; a healthy lunch in no time at all! Local grocery stores sell frozen edamame in kid size bags too; perfect to pop in the microwave and pack up for lunch!
A colorful lunch is a lunch that is sure to be eaten.
Cookie cutters go a long way during lunch prep and take all but an extra 30 seconds.
Give your child options. Offer at least 3 types of food to your child: protein, fruits, veggies, dairy, etc.
Focus on FRESH. Fresh = Healthy!