Packing your child’s lunch is definitely the healthiest option. You have direct control over everything your son or daughter eats. But the same old lunches can be tiring for you and your child after a while. No one can survive on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches forever! Try these creative lunches for your toddler:
1 .Honey, Almond Butter, and Banana – Spread almond butter (or peanut butter) on bread with a drizzle of honey. Add a layer of banana slices.
2. Shaped Bread – Pepperidge Farm makes cute sliced bread that is shaped like their signature goldfish. It’s funny, especially if your kid doesn’t know it’s coming. Let him open his lunchbox and be surprised.
3. Apple, Cheddar, & Peanut Butter – It may sound odd, but this is a tasty combination, especially to kids who snack on these ingredients often. Spread half a focaccia with peanut butter, then layer the cheese and apples. Press down gently.
4. Un-assembled Meals – Kids love those Lunchables meals, where they assemble the ingredients themselves. You can simulate this game by packing all the ingredients needed to make their own sandwich, like meats, cheeses, sliced bread or crackers, and condiment packets.
5. Mini Pizzas – Kids love pizza. You’ll have to make these the night before, but they’re worth it. Top an English muffin with tomato sauce, spinach or broccoli (something healthy) and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 5 minutes.
6. Cute Messages – Surprise your little guy or girl by tucking a love note or cute drawing into their lunch bag. This will remind him/her that you are always thinking about them. (Tip: At a certain age, the embarrassment you could cause by leaving cutesy notes isn’t worth it.)
7. Breakfast – Breakfast foods at any other time always feel like an odd treat. Pack French toast sticks sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Serve with a hard-boiled egg and fruit salad.
8. Turkey Pinwheels – Spread hummus on a whole-wheat tortilla. Add a layer of turkey, cheese, and a few spinach leaves. Roll and slice into finger bites.
9. Chicken Salad – Make chicken salad less boring by adding cubed apples and sliced grapes. Serve with whole wheat crackers or flatbread and string cheese.
10. Fruit Roll-Up – No, not the sugary store-bought kind. Spread blueberry or strawberry-flavored cream cheese on a tortilla. Add fresh blueberries or strawberries and roll it all up. This goes great with hummus. (It’s also a healthy family dessert!)
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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