School is back in session for most children around the country. My littles started this past week as well. My youngest little is starting Kindergarten and my middle little is starting her first year in high school! Talk about totally different worlds here. One thing remains the same with each school year….what to pack in the lunch box. My littles choose not to eat in the cafeteria most days so finding healthy foods that are also easy to pack becomes somewhat difficult. Add to that my youngest little has to pack a snack with a drink as well! That’s like packing two lunches just for him. I did manage to get a lunch and snack menu for one week planned with his help of course. These lunches and snacks can be mixed up as well. I just try to not give him the same snack items in both bags on the same day. Variety is key here!
Next week I will be adding homemade waffles for breakfast with sun nut butter or all fruit jam. I’ve found this week that quick breakfasts that include some protein are what stays in their tummies longer and makes for a better school morning. So far this week they have had oatmeal with milk, fried eggs with toast and milk, Peanut butter on toast with milk, sun nut butter on toast with milk. Most breakfasts here are served with milk as you can see! Waffles kept in a zip top bag in the refrigerator makes it easy for even the little monster to make his own breakfast. So far this week he has been way too excited for that but as the excitement wears off I will have to find other ways to keep him busy while I am preparing his lunch.
You will notice his snack and lunch do not include sugary, empty calories. I am working on shifting what he eats on a daily basis so every couple of weeks I will cut out one of the processed items with home made ones or more fruits and veggies. The plan is to make home made granola bars to keep individually wrapped in the refrigerator, along with making more trail mixes, and including whole foods as much as possible. The year is going to be full of introducing the little monster to all kinds of viruses as we know kids all love to share those little things. Green smoothies will be taking the place of his after school snack in order to boost his immune system as well. So on to the menu for the next few weeks!
Snack and Lunch for little monster:
Snack for 6 days
- Goldfish and dried fruit
- Crackers and cream cheese and apple squeezy
- Granola bar and apple squeezy
- Cereal trail mix: cheerios, dried fruit, almonds
- Snack crackers and apple squeezy
- Almonds and dried pineapple
Lunch for 6 days
- Bagel with cream cheese, yogurt/cheese stick, baby tomatoes
- Boiled eggs, cheese stick, crackers, fruit, granola bar
- Lunchable: Ritz, cheese slices, ham or turkey, canned pineapple, carrots
- Lunch meat and cheese roll up, canned oranges, pretzels
- Cream cheese sandwich, cheese stick/yogurt, goldfish
- Sun Nut butter and jelly sandwich, Snack wells vanilla cookies, grapes, goldfish
For drinks the little monster takes flavored water (no sugar kind) or chocolate milk. On Fridays he gets to take a pack of cookies lower in sugar and a no sugar fizzy water.
Substitutions for picky teenager little:
- Larabar instead of sandwich, baby tomatoes, cheddar cheese, drink from school
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with oreo thins and grapes, no sugar fizzy drink
- Tuna fish sandwich, canned oranges, pretzels, plain water
- Lunchable with wheat thins, cheese slices, ham, canned or dried pineapple
- Buy lunch! She likes these little trays they have at the school with cheese, crackers, and a mini salad.