See my last post for Simple Healthy School Lunches that will Make Your Life Easier for more info on packing healthy lunches and why we pack the same thing for lunch every week. Below are a few more lunch options for schools that do not have a microwave.
School started for us a couple weeks ago and Leela survived her first 2 weeks of Kindergarten! She is still going through an adjustment and the whole lunch “buyers” versus “packers” came up. She saw the other kids buying their lunch every day so she asked to try buying lunch and we agreed to letting her buy lunch with dessert once a week. We allow her to pick which day to buy lunch based on the weekly menus.
Her previous school used to warm her lunch items in a microwave, well, I found out that was not the case in public elementary school… so I had to do some adjusting to her packed lunches and add a couple options that did not need warming or could be taken in a thermos. I keep a schedule to pack everything on Sunday so I don’t have to worry about it all week.
Lunch #1: Naan Bread, provolone cheese, turkey pepperoni, hummus, fresh fruit and baby carrots. Our Naan bread is from Costco, but also online here. We use this same Naan bread to make mini pizzas every other Friday night and have a “Pizza Party” (the kids add their own toppings)…another awesome lunch idea IF they can warm up the pizza at school. The hummus is from Costco as well, the Hannah Hummus brand. Our kids <3 them both! For the cheese I just took 2 slices, rolled them and cut in half to resemble a cheese sticks. My kids do not eat cheese sticks but they will eat this – I know, who knows why, they are basically the same thing!
Lunch #2: Whole wheat Arnold sandwich thin bread with ham/cheese/mayo, Horizon cheese crackers, animal crackers, fresh fruit and baby carrots.
Lunch #3: Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers, cream cheese, turkey pepperoni, ham, fresh fruit, baby carrots and broccoli. My kids are obsessed with cream cheese and will eat it like ice cream (if I allow them). The ham is sliced, rolled and sliced again. I know this lunch resembles a lunch-able but at least I chose the meat and cheese products along with fresh fruit and veggie options.
Simplify school lunch ideas by narrowing down to a few select options that you know your kids will eat (and hopefully have a few healthy options). Prep lunches at the begging of each week to reduce time spent of packing lunches. Invest in a few great containers to make packing easier. Refer to this post for more inspiration.
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