It’s been said a million times but I really can’t believe kids are already back to school! This summer just flew by. I didn’t even make a bucket list. Kinda feel like a bad mom for that…
Anyway, I told myself I would be more creative with Hayden’s lunches this year since it’s easy to get into a rut of making the same thing (for us it was a sandwich, an apple and some crackers) every other day. It was probably obvious to his teachers when I had just been to the grocery store because his lunch would have a little more variety (like real food, as in fruits and veggies.) And by the end of the week I was scrounging around cabinets and throwing anything edible into his box.
One thing that is really helping me give him more variety in his lunches this year is the bento/compartmentalized lunchbox. I got one with six compartments to help deter me from sandwiches and encourage variety. So far I love it! I try to include at least one each of fruit and veggies then build around that.
For the box above, I based it around hummus dip so I included a couple veggies for dipping (yellow pepper and snap peas) as well as pretzels then added raisins for my fruit and turkey rolls for another protein. Kids love hummus so it’s a great way to get them to eat their veggies by dipping them! (Also, Trader Joe’s sells a sesame-free hummus if that is a concern for your family!)
For this box, I used more fruit (grapes, applesauce, and a few raspberries) then added cucumbers for my veggie, turkey rolls for protein and popcorn (because, what kid doesn’t love popcorn?)
A few more ideas that would be fun!
- Filling one of the larger compartments with yogurt and several smaller ones with toppings so they could create their own yogurt parfait!
- Grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade tomato soup in a thermos alongside. And of course some fruits and veggies :)
- Macaroni and cheese in a thermos with some mix-ins in the lunchbox compartments.
- Sunbutter sandwiches or energy bites! Pair up with some fruit or use rice cakes and let them decorate them with raisins, chocolate chips or apple slices.
There are so many ideas and things you can do with this kind of lunch box. I’d love to hear from some of you what you like to put in your kiddos lunch!