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Ten outside of the box ideas for the picky kiddo that’s getting sick of a sandwich every day!
Kid Friendly School Lunch Box Ideas
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Kids are heading back to school and I’m excited!!!
No wait, I’m sad! I’m gonna miss them during the days.
Actually yes, I’m super excited for a minute to myself!
Ahhh, the guilt. I don’t need time; I want my kiddos home with me!
Totally having a “Tangled-Mind” moment here. Haha! Okay y’all, let’s just agree I’m of two minds and move on to what’s really important here… the food.
School Lunch for Picky Eaters
When I first started packing school lunches for my picky eaters I came across two problems on the regular:
- They only ate about a half of their lunch.
- They came home starving!
I quickly discovered that I can’t pack rolls, granola bars, pasta, and quesadillas all in the same lunch or there’d be a lot of waste. The reason is not because they don’t love all those foods, but because all those foods are too filling to be in the same lunch.
And the vice versa was true as well. Only packing chips and fruit would mean a HANGRY child at school pickup.
THE SCHOOL LUNCH TEMPLATE
In order to feed my children a balanced lunch that fills their bellies, I make sure to include one of the following in every school lunch:
- Vegetables &/or Fruit
- Milk/Dairy or Meat
- A SurpriseSnack
Following this template is easy because it covers a broad range of foods, but also ensures my children will have a good meal.
Lunch box meals
Can we take a quick moment to talk about the lunch shown above?!
It’s basically a deconstructed bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. And my sandwich-hating kids LOVE this lunch! Haha!
More awesome lunch box ideas can be found at the end of this post and in this lunch post as well.
SNACK OF CHOICE!
Welch’s®Fruit ‘n YogurtTMSnacks are my kids’ favorite.
It seems strange that so many fruit snacks out there would ignore fruit. At Welch’s, they’re not only noticing; they’re putting fruit center stage. I seriously LOVE the fact that their Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks are made with real fruit surrounded by creamy yogurt. Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks are YUMMM! You can really taste the difference.
My kids love that they are fun to eat and even more; they love the delicious taste! Plus I love them because they are a quick and easy addition to our back to school lunch routine.
More Ideas for your School Lunches and Snacks
- Pasta in a thermos (an absolute favorite of my kids! I make a large batch of noodles early in the week, then on the morning of I quickly heat up the noodles with some premade sauce and put it in the thermos for a hot lunch)
- Hard boiled eggs with fruit and crackers
- Tortilla cheese roll-ups
- Burrata cheese ball with crackers and cherry tomatoes
- Fresh Fruit (strawberries, grapes, bananas, blueberries, apples, pears, oranges and mandarin oranges, cherries, etc…)
- Cheese Sticks or Cubes
- Yogurt (and yogurt with granola)
- Tortilla Rollups
- Salad with the dressing on the side
- Granola Bars
- Veggies (carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, grape and cherry tomatoes, etc…)
- Deconstructed sandwiches like the bacon, egg and cheese one mentioned before
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