You put tender loving care into packing your child’s lunch box; however your lunch bag usually fails in comparison. There are many choices in packing a lunch, so make sure you pack food that will be eaten and enjoyed.
There are three main components to a packed lunch: entrée, side and dessert. Here are some traditional and creative options for each section.
- Peanut butter and jelly is a fan favorite for kids; however adults dig this sandwich as well. It can be made into a healthy sandwich by using low sugar or all natural peanut butter and low sugar or all fruit jelly.
- Chicken/egg/tuna salad sandwiches do not have to be sandwiches. Pack the salad in a small container and have a little baggie of whole wheat or multigrain crackers.
- Pimento cheese can also be packed with a baggie of celery or crackers.
- Veggies or fruit
- Apple crisps or apple noodles
- Pudding cups and jello cups are always a popular choice. Add some fun with a little baggie of mini marshmallows to mix in.
- A homemade trail mix of raisons, chocolate chips, peanuts and sunflower seeds would be a fun surprise.
- Surprise cookies: make sandwich cookies with vanilla wafers and a fun filling such as Nutella.
While Raleigh schools offer nutritional lunches, nothing is like a bag lunch from home. A bag lunch taken to work can also save lots of pocket change if you add extra items to help you avoid the 10:00am and 4:00pm vendor cravings.
When you pack the lunch, add a fun little note to say hi and send love. If the lunch is for you, put in an inspiration note for yourself as well. Write several in advanced and randomly pop one in your bag. Bet you’ll be looking forward to your surprise note when lunchtime comes around!
There are multiple choices when packing a lunch box. Make sure your choices are such that the lunch will actually be eaten and not traded or discarded.
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