The question becomes what kind of things are fun "lunch" ideas that can be packed in a lunch box? I am going to start compiling a list but am definitely welcoem to suggestions! Lunch is huge! My step kids go to a public school and i do know that the lunches that are served in the lunchrooms here locally are FAR from healthy. But my step kids also do not have any food challenges that we are aware of AND honestly what these guys eat for lunch is an issue for their mom and dad. I plan healthy dinners and provide opportunities for breakfast,
But what about when your child does have food sensitivities or allergies? What are some fun foods that you would send? So your child doesn't feel totally left out of the"fun food" circle. I ran into this at summer day camp as well.
Some of my ideas are as follows:
-homemade fruit leathers
-homemade cookies (whatever your passion is - i plan on making some dehydrated raw ones)
-homemade larabars! (fun and not too expensive! way less expensive than purchasing the bars in the store)
-hummus and guacamole wraps
-salad with toppings (yup my kids will eat salad in their lunches. some days they even requested this at camp ;) )
-lettuce and meat wraps
I will keep adding to this but that is my start. Lunch doesn't have to be boring! The other suggestion I would have is involve your kids! When they started to pack their lunches for camp they were very excited about lunch. Even though it usually just contained the healthy above items in it. It really helps when they feel like they have a say in part of their journey. We also got fun containers for them to pack their lunches in. no more plastic bags. (I will get the name ofthe product and post a link to see) but the kids were also SO excited to be able to make a impact on the world as well. Keeping their excitement and interest seems to be key.
So get, make, or provide your child with choices! They will love you for it and love that they have more control in their lives :) (or at least mine do)