any idea's for healthy lunchbox fillers for a fussy eater?

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TracyandJeff - posted on 02/14/2009

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I don't know if you mean fussy like doesn't want the same foods but if that it here is what I do with my three. I give them club crackers and cheese, ham and cheese rolls instead of sandwich. Instead of pb&j I change it I do honey,choc. chips,sometimes both they love it,marshmellow. Hope that helps a little

Colleen - posted on 02/14/2009

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Yes, please give more info on how your child is fussy, and also if they have any allergies. My son has autism and is a very fussy eater & we have food allergies in our family so I might be able to help, but need more info first. :)

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Kitty - posted on 05/11/2012

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SOME lunch I dea's are good yes allergies are tough to deal with and does anyone'sschool have the Peanut butter'' safe for school'' type!...

Danielle - posted on 05/04/2012

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Well, I have very picky eater who has food allergies so even though he's not starting until fall, we're already discussing what our lunch box options are. He can never buy lunch at school because of the allergies so we absolutely have to send lunch. He's allergic to eggs, nuts, and can't have a lot of cheese b/c of his tummy troubles- so we're pretty limited.

You're not dealing with allergies but perhaps since I have to think outside the box, my ideas may inspire you. :)

We've talked about crackers and meat, a ham sandwich, a thermos container to hold chicken nuggets or fish sticks, as of last night he'll eat spaghetti so we'll do that in a thermos too. He asked for veggie straws (in the snack aisle) instead of chips so if you're son is willing to eat those, they're a little bit healthier. Thankfully he'll eat just about any fruit so my son will get lots of grapes and blueberries.

I'm not a big fan of sandwiches so I know when I was in school, my mom used to send me with bagels and cream cheese :)

I hope that helps at least a little bit!

Allen9612 - posted on 02/15/2009

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ok if he likes apples but wont eat unless peeled and brown is the issue dip them in either sugarwater or lemon juice it will preserve them and keep them from turning color, you could also if he has one of those little insulated luchboxes send cheese, bannana chips, if you have a dehydrater you can make dryed fruits, jerky, you can take lunch meat and wrap it around cream cheese(my son loves this) veggie crackers is also a fave of theres especially w/ cheese, (its alittle messy but) put peanut butter or you can use flavored cream cheese in celery sticks and either put it in a tupperware dish you dont mind not coming back or you can individually wrap them in plastic wrap. You could even have the kids help you make these my kids love to make them they are fun ideas. Remember Ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, raisins) you can make pretzel and peanut butter sanwiches with ritz. Let me know if you need more we are always coming up with more ideas here every week with my kids lol.

Patricia - posted on 02/15/2009

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I have the same issue. I pack granola bars and wheat thins or gold fish crackers and always incourage milk.  My son is really picky no veggies or fruits for him.  He gets a vitamin everyday.



 

Coleen - posted on 02/15/2009

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a great way to get veggies in is to put pureed pumpkin in muffins or cookies or whatever. Try cutting things in cool shapes so he thinks its fun. Also, most kids will eat sweet potato frenchfries instead of regular ones. Another thing...have him help make his lunch. Most kids will eat something if they have made it themselves. My kids love yogurt tubes frozen...they are like ice cream pops and they usually last until 1st reccess. Does he like hard-boiled eggs?

Colleen - posted on 02/14/2009

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Hmm! Well this website has lots of neat recipes http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/collec... & there are a couple of books that are all about hiding healthy food, but I've not read them & I believe that they more focus on dinners, “The Sneaky Chef" by Missy Chase Lapine & "Deceptively Delicious"
By Jessica Seinfeld. One thing to try is to make stuff more interesting by giving it funny names or putting it in cool containers. My kids will eat stuff if I call it some crazy name. Wraps can be great, tortilla's come in lots of interesting colors and flavors. Another thing that we too is themes, like chinese food, or mexican, or whatever. You can even put interesting facts about the places, or a picture from that country. Oh, apples will keep from going brown so fast if you squeeze lemon juice on them & our local supermarket has packets of apple slices that you can buy. Allrecipes.com is one of my favorite sites because they have ratings on the recipes from people, as well as opinions with how to change the recipes. I did a quick search & they had over 600 muffin recipes. My kids love muffins made with cream of wheat, & they're really healthy. I add stuff like shredded carrots & raisins, dried cranberries, apples, frozen blueberries, etc. What about shredding up some chicken breasts & mixing it with BBQ sauce & making a sandwich? That's even tasty when it's cold. And what about soups & stews, if he likes that you can make some super healthy soups & stews & send in a thermos. Ok, that's all for now but feel free to add me as a friend & I'll let you know if I think of more or if you want to bounce ideas off me sometime. :)

Tammy - posted on 02/14/2009

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MY SON LIKES BANANA'S BUT IS HESITANT TO EACH MUCH FRUIT.WILL EAT APPLES IF PEELED AND SLICED,BUT THESE GO BROWN B4 RECESS. ANYTHING I CAN HIDE IN A MUFFIN IS GREAT,BUT DONT HAVE MANY RECIPES.

IF IT LOOKS LIKE JUNK FOOD HE WILL EAT IT. LOVES MEAT,BUT IF HE HAS FRANKFURTS WONT EAT UNTIL PEELED .LOVES BBQ SAUCE.

NO ALLERGIES.TENDS TO EXAMINE FOOD CLOSELY B4 PUTTING IN MOUTH[YOU NEVER KNOW IF MUMMY PUT SOMETHING HEALTHY IN IT!],HAS DONE THIS SINCE VERY SMALL. HE IS BRIGHT AND GETTING HARD TO FOOL.

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