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The school year is only halfway over, and I’m already tired of making the same ole’ lunches for the kids every day. If I’m tired of making them, then I know that they have to be tired of eating them! Packing school lunch has its own set of challenges. Per school rules, my boys are not old enough to use the school microwaves yet, leaving cold lunch choices their only options. My daughter is old enough to heat foods in the microwave, but her picky palate still leaves her food requests to a selective group. I pack the kids a protein, a fruit, and either a vegetable or a dairy item each day in their lunchboxes. While the basic items stay the same, I have found a few ways to make digging into the daily lunchbox a bit more exciting for them.
#1 One way to make lunch a little more exciting is by taking advantage of easy to pack lunch items. The new Chobani® Gimmies™ yogurts for kids at Walmart are a tasty, non-GMO, yogurt mix-in product especially for kids five and up. What kid doesn’t like mixing up their food, right?!? Chobani® Gimmies™ yogurts contain no artificial preservatives or sweeteners and are packaged in such a way that makes them a nice fit for a lunchbox. My kids like the Chobani® Gimmies™ Poppin’ Cotton Candy the best, but the Chobani® Gimmies™ yogurts come in a variety of flavors like Choco Chunk Cookie Dunk, Ooey Gooey S’more, and Cookies & Cream Crush.
The container is easy for kids to open (teachers will rejoice, right?). Add a spoon and a few other items, and a lunch box is ready!
Find Chobani® Gimmies™ yogurts in the refrigerated dairy section at Walmart.
#2 Over the holidays, I surprised my daughter by packing in a holiday-themed lunch box joke each day. It excited her to open her lunch and share the joke with her friends. My boys are not quite at the reading level for jokes, and they are still at the age where sentiments from mom are nice, so these free printable sweet lunchbox notes are perfect for them. The notes are simple enough that they can read them. Adding one in randomly throughout the week creates a sweet little surprise at lunch, making this another way to make lunches a bit more exciting.
To download these for yourself, right click on the image below to save the printable to your computer. Print it on your home printer. Cut the individual cards. For longevity, laminate the sheet before cutting to make the cards easy to wipe and reuse.
#3 With four kids, the saying, “You can’t please all of the people all of the time” definitely rings true. We purchase fruit in bulk, and one large quantity purchase of a fruit item lasts about a week. Each week, a different kiddo gets to choose the “fruit of the week.” That fruit makes an appearance in lunchboxes each day. The following week, a different kiddo gets to pick their favorite fruit. For families with less kids, purchase fruit in smaller quantities and allow them to choose a “fruit of the day.”
Surely I’m not the only parent who finds the limitations of school lunch packing daunting! What are your tips and tricks for adding variety in school lunch boxes?