My son just entered into the realm of kindergarten. To our dismay, he did not like school lunch. Furthermore, he was totally spooked by the lunch man; but, that’s a totally different topic. (No hating to you lunch people out there). Because of that, it was time to start making lunches for school.
Needless to say, I wanted them to be quick and easy to prepare. It’s also important for me to have confidence in my son’s lunch. I remember, very specifically, the food that was served to me when I was a child. I recollect how much love and attention my mother put into my lunches as a child. My little mister deserves the same thing.
There’s also the issue of nutrition.
This is the most challenging part. I want my kids to eat healthy, of course. Although, I do feel that an occasional snack or two never hurt anyone, the foundation of intake has to be built on sustenance. Even more so, I believe if he doesn’t have (for example) enough protein during breakfast, he can work it into his lunch. I like to look at the entire day’s food cycle, not just each individual meal. We, as mothers, offer. And, we provide. But, if they choose to wait until later, I’m not going to stress. Heck, there’s enough sibling rivalry to worry about. I’m not going to make lunch a disaster, too.
10 quick and easy lunches for school:
- Hard boiled eggs and cherry tomatoes cut in half. Add blueberries and string cheese to finish.
- Whole wheat bread with cream cheese, red bell pepper slices. Add apple slices and pretzels on the side.
- Cubes of roasted chicken and bowtie pasta. Place grapes and goldfish as an ending snack.
- Tortilla filled with sliced turkey and swiss cheese. Add celery sticks and peanut butter as well.
- Chicken and corn salad. Add string cheese on the side.
- Tunafish sandwich. Serve with cucumbers, carrots, and hummus on the side.
- Deli ham slices with brown rice. Serve peaches and crackers along with it.
- Old fashioned peanut butter and jelly. Serve with a banana and dried cranberries.
- Cold pizza. Bring along with pretzels and 1 cookie.
- String cheese with whole wheat crackers. Broccoli florets with light raspberry dressing. For dessert, a piece of banana bread.
One final thought…
Lastly, one final thought regarding lunches for school. I think working with a wide variety of items will combat boredom. You can feel confident that your child will have a nutritious lunch, even when they are at school. Let the kid’s get involved in the packing process. Furthermore, expose them to all the goodness your kitchen has to offer. Taking a little part of home with them, in their lunchbox, will make their days better. Lastly, remember to sneak in a special note every once in a while, too.