Mom, what’s in my lunch box today? I did not like it!! It’s always the same meal: sandwich, juice and carrots.
I keep hearing all these comments from my 9-year-old. Packing the lunch box was a challenge for me. I always prepared the same things and my boy did not eat all I put. He came back home hungry. He ate a huge snack and did not eat his main meal. I was pretty upset and discouraged. How can I pack an appealing lunch, healthy and easy to make? I had to do something. I tried the following with my son and it gave some pretty good results (less whining!!)
I tried the following LUNCH BOX IDEAS :
- When I used to prepare the lunch box, I did not take into consideration my son’s opinion. It was a huge mistake. So, with the help of my son, I wrote down a list of his favorite meals, sandwiches, snacks. It’s was the hardest task ever because he wanted all of I did not want to give: unhealthy snacks, juices and candies. But we came up with a list that was pretty good. It provided me with ideas and he was happy to eat what he liked.
- As I planned my main meals, I planned the lunch box too. It is maybe hard to plan for 5 days. I tried to plan for at least the first 3 days. The 4th day, I planned for a leftover. The 5th day, I planned for catering or whatever sandwich you can make. I did my grocery in compliance with my plan.
- I cut his favorite veggies (Cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms) in advance. I put them in a sealed container in the fridge. They make healthy and ready to use snacks. My son suggests adding dipping. I did not agree thinking that the dipping are unhealthy but I found some good recipes for healthy dipping (mixing some yogurt, humus, avocados, etc).
- My son was not a real fan of sandwiches. I bought a thermos with a wide open mouth and he loved that. I had to buy an extra one though because my son plays some soccer games with his lunch bag, the thermos broke in 2 days. This was my lifesaver!!
- Even if my son did not like sandwiches, I tried making sandwiches with different sorts of breads: pita, Nan, etc. It worked. Kids love when they have new things. They want to try and discover.
- When I cooked a main meal, I managed to prepare a larger quantity so that I had enough for the lunch box. You can cook a large quantity of the meal your children like and then freeze in small quantities before putting in the thermos.
- I always kept a surprise in the lunch box. It could be a nice hockey sticker (my son is a huge hockey fan), a lovely note, etc.
These kids lunch boxes ideas helped me a lot and made this process easier. But I have to admit that preparing the lunch box is not my favorite thing!!