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With school having started back I am finding a lot of parents saying that they run out of ideas when it comes to what to pack for their kid’s school lunches. While sandwiches certainly make for a nice school lunch, they are not your only option. Mix it up by making something different for your kids this school year.
Make it a wrap
A quick and easy alternative to a sandwich is a wrap. Grab some tortillas and make your kid’s favourite sandwich as a wrap. Wraps are also great for adding lots of lettuce and extra veggies.
When you are done adding your toppings, roll it up like a burrito and if desired, cut it in half. The wrap is good as is, or you can pack a small serving of salad dressing to dip.
I have yet to meet a kid that does not love snacks. But have you looked at the price of those found at the shops lately? Plus, I’m not the biggest fan of the food options. Why not make your own version instead with fresh ingredients and food you know your kid will eat. Start with some sandwich meat and cheese cut into bite-sized pieces. Add some fresh raw veggies like sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots. Throw in some fresh or dried fruit and you have a delicious, healthy, homemade version.
Of course, you can turn any of your child’s favourite snack foods including popcorn, trail mix, biscuits, cheese, fruits and veggies and the likes into lunch. Grab a container with lots of little dividers and fill them up with kid-friendly favourites.
Healthy salads for lunch
Salads are another great lunch option, particularly for older kids. Get a container with a tight-fitting lid and add all your child’s favourite salad ingredients minus the dressing in there.
Start with a bed of lettuce, add raw veggies, croutons, bacon bits, nuts and seeds and the likes. Top it with a source of protein like cheese, hard-boiled egg, or grilled chicken.
Pack the salad dressing in a separate container along with a fork and lunch is done. You can assemble the salad the night before and store it in the fridge. The key is to make sure all your ingredients are very dry. If you are washing your lettuce, use a salad spinner, or dry it on some paper towels before starting to pack it. Cutting everything into small bite-sized pieces will ensure that the lunch time salad is easy to eat.
The key to school lunches is to make them fun. And if possible, why not get your kids involved and get them to help you prepare their lunches.
If you still find that you are running out of ideas for school lunches have a look online as there are plenty of recipes that you can choose from to spice up your kid’s lunch box.
Check out my recipe for pizza muffins, they are perfect for school lunches.