Lunch box ideas for picky eaters

Amy - posted on 08/11/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Help! my daughter is starting kindergarten and will be taking her lunches. The problem is, she hates peanut butter, canned meats, and basically anything else that doesn't require refridgeration (okay, I exaggerate slightly). The problem is that I have difficulty thinking of any protein sources that can be kept cold enough with just an ice pack in her lunch box. Does anyone have ideas they can share?

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Elizabeth - posted on 08/14/2010

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you can do fresh veggies & fruits with cold cuts or even the lunchables and them be fine with just an ice pack.And if you are worried about it ask her teacher if their is a place for her to keep her lunch (Maybe they have a small frig for the kids)

Jana - posted on 08/11/2010

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with an ice pack in an insulated lunch box, cold cuts should be fine. I do that for myself and it works great. but if you're uneasy about that... have you tried other nut butters? my 5 year old hated peanut butter but loved cashew butter, almond butter and WOULD DIE for nutella! its especially fun if you use cookie cutters and make the sandwich in different shapes. we like to do white bread on one side and wheat bread on the other, then cut out a star (our last name is Starr) from the middle of the sandwich and then flip it over and put it back in so its a different color. you can also ditch the sandwich and put in a bag of nuts or edamame or something. Oh! one other thing to try, that my kid LOVES. we make little rice balls. get some sticky rice (like sushi rice) and put leftovers in the middle of a rice ball. left over chicken, or even tuna out of the can. you can keep them in the freezer over night so they stay even colder.

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