Do you serve up the same old sandwiches every day for lunch during the school year? Why not try something new in your kids’ lunch boxes this year? We’ve got some creative options to keep your kids excited for lunch time.
The Bento Box
A bento box is basically a lunch box container with little compartments. The idea is to put together small servings of multiple foods. It’s a great way to reuse leftovers from dinner or to get your child to eat a lot of different things at one sitting. Pack it with protein, fruits, veggies, nuts, dips, hummus, deli meat, cheese, and pretty much anything else you can think of. It’s like making your own Lunchables for your kids, but better.
Skip the Sandwich
Try something other than a sandwich this year. The same old bread, meat, and cheese combo can get monotonous over time, so change it up and try something else your kids will love. Here’s a list of some other popular options to try:
- Yogurt and granola
- Cheese and crackers
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Chips and salsa or guacamole
- Pasta with sauce
- Pancakes with syrup
- Rotisserie chicken and sauce (like barbecue or caesar dressing)
- Mini bagels with cream cheese
Experiment with different options to find the ones that work best for your kids. You may even discover some new ones along the way. Almost anything goes, just be sure to pay attention to any potential food allergies of classmates. Follow school rules when it comes to common allergens, such as nuts and peanut butter.
Avoid the Stress: Pack Ahead
The hustle and bustle of the morning rush can be stressful. One thing you can do to make your morning easier is to pack your lunches the night before. Veggies, fruit, cheese, and snacks packed the night before maintain their crisp flavor in the fridge or in airtight containers. You can even make time on Sunday night to prep multiple containers of cut up veggies and fruits to use all week long. Keep them in a spot in the refrigerator where kids can grab them in the morning. Investing in a bunch of reusable containers will streamline the process, plus reduce your carbon footprint this school year.
Surprise your kids with new and healthy lunch options for this school year. They will be so happy to get back to school just to see what you packed them for lunch each day. Remember to prep ahead as much as you can, and you’ll be on your way to another happy school year at Tucson International Academy.