by frndlyfnFebruary 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM
I let dd pick out what she wants since she is the one who eats it. I typically put soup or leftovers in the hot foods container, chips of some sort, fruit and a juice box (some days she buys milk). I put enough money on her lunch acct for that.
I like to make what I call homemade lunchables.. whole wheat crackers and sliced cheese, If i have lunch meat or leftover chilcken I will add that too. Then pair it with some grapes and applesauce. My kids love this as I do not buy lunchables. My youngest daughter refuses to eat anything but jelly sandwiches every day!! So her lunch typically consists of a Jam sandwhich. I buy all natural Jam with no High fructose corn syrup and low in sugar. applesauce or yogurt and whatever other thing I have. I bought the ziploc containers that have the 3 seperate slots. here's a pic of one lunch with cheese ham and crackers, Cucumbers, applesauce, and a homemade Brownie bite. I use a freezer lunch box thingy to keep things cold.
Go to easylunchboxes.com. They have a link to some healthy lunches there. Like TONS of ideas.
The biggest thing you want to do is make sure you have the following: a grain, protein, fruit, veggie and drink. If you want to, send a treat. Keeping that in mind, that can open up your possibilities :). You can even mix thigns together.
For us, I may send him with a tub of yogurt (protein) with fruit (fruit). He can get some carrots. And I may send a sandwhich for lunch.
Some items I choose from (from all categories):
bagel with cream cheese
spaghettios in a thermos (I get the organic Annie's kind)
yogurt with fruit or granola
fruit and/or veggie smoothies. They make them in the pouches
broccoli and/or cauliflour
"lunchables" I'd never buy the prepackaged ones, but you can make your lunch based off the idea :)
Hope this helps. This is just my son's. He's got a TON of food allergies so there are defnietly more ideas out there
by MJP76February 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM
It would probably help if you listed for us the things you already send...
by GotSomeKidsFebruary 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM
My kids usually pack the same thing for lunch. At least half a sandwich, although they usually take a whole one. A full yogurt or Gogurt, snack (which is usually gold fish or a low cal granola bar/brownies of some sort) and it is mandatory they take a piece of fruit of veggie. They are only allowed to take water (our family rule, not the schools). Maybe twice a year, I might buy a special drink for them, but not often.