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When school starts up again, one of the biggest pains is figuring out what to pack for the kids lunches each day.
My daughter’s kinder-prep class is nut-free, so that can make things a little more difficult as it rules out anything to do with peanut butter. She only goes 3 days a week, but I like to give her a little bit of variety in hopes that she will eat more of her lunch.
I’ve come up with some different ideas to hopefully can help you too put together your school lunches!
Sandwiches: My daughter just started eating sandwiches. She only likes one piece of cheese and one piece of deli meat, but we are on our way! One thing I started doing is to buy slider buns and make the sandwiches on them. They are smaller than a regular size bread and more manageable for smaller hands.
Rolled up deli meat and cheese: I will roll up one or two pieces of deli meat and break them in half and then add some pieces of cheese. Then she can pick what she likes.
Pasta salad: . Both of my kids love pasta with olive oil and parmesan cheese. If we are having pasta for dinner the night before, I will make some extra and put it in the fridge for lunch the next day. Then I will add some veggies and cheese to it to make it a little more hearty for lunch.
Leftovers: . I use this whenever I have extras from dinner. It makes for a super easy lunch option!
Chicken: I will often buy either a rotisserie chicken or Perdue chicken strips and cut those up to include for lunch. I also almost always include cheese with this option since my kids love cheese!
Cheese and Crackers: This is an easy option and makes it seem like the kids are just having a snack, which they always love more than a meal!
Here are some of the sides that I include too:
- Veggies and Ranch Dressing
- Yogurt Raisins
- Veggie sticks
- Cheese sticks
- Cereal bar
I try to include two or three side options along with the main portion so that she has a lot of things to choose from and will hopefully eat enough to be full and not want snacks all afternoon!
What are your go to lunches and snacks to pack for your kids?