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Andrea - posted on 08/22/2009

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Quoting Barbara:

Some lunch box ideas - fresh veggies (peppers, cukes, carrots, whole peas) and cooked meats (chicken chunks, Chinese bbq pork, etc) with hummus (good protein!) for dipping. (BTW - Costco and other stores have 'grilled' chicken strips- it's high in protein but low in fat and carbs - great as a finger food or in a sandwich or wrap!) Sliced cheeses and meats with crackers (make up your own "Lunchable".) Kids like to build things - so a little container of cream cheese with crackers and sliced cukes/sliced meats. Bagels with various cream cheeses or cheese, veggies, meats or pb&j. Edamame makes a great high protein lunch item and is fun to eat. Tortillas spread with peanut butter and banana and rolled up and served with plain or vanilla yogurt for dipping (these are called "chunky monkeys"). Wraps were mentioned earlier and work great with various meats, cheeses or cream cheese (flavored too!), sprouts, lettuce or spinach leaves, sliced of cukes, thin strips of carrot and red pepper. Ranch dressing adds a little moisture and flavor. Cold quesadillas (with or without meat/veggies) with sour cream and/or salsa to dip. I also will slice fresh fruit (like peach, berries, or mango) and put in the bottom of a snack sized container and fill with vanilla yogurt. By the time he eats it, it is usually still a little 'slushy'. Sometimes, simply changing the regular bread into something different, like a sub roll can make lunch more interesting. Apple slices (dip in a little lemon juice or Sprite to keep from browning) or celery sticks and a little container of peanut butter for dipping.

I'm new to this group and maybe I am just extremely lucky - I have two sons ages 10 and 22 - and I have NEVER had issues with either one of them eating their veggies. I saw post after post 'hiding' the veggies - that seems really sad to me! My boys have grown up at the family table and we all eat together - and they see us eating and enjoying our vegetables! My 10-year old loves to go to the farmer's market and pick out the freshest asparagus, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, etc. He LOVES spinach both cold and lightly wilted tossed with hot pasta. He HATES kids' menus - they are always chicken nuggests, mac n cheese, hot dogs, etc!

Good luck!


 

Marie - posted on 08/21/2009

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These are all great ideas seeing how this will be my daughters first yr in school i will def be trying some if not all these ideas

Jeanette - posted on 08/21/2009

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Try left overs in the lunch. My daughter loves a left over speghetti. Put in a thermas container for warm or regular for cold speghetti. Tastes great either way. Also left over chicken (grilled or baked) can be made in to sandwiches or wraps easily. Don't forget the lettus wraps. Put any chicken or tuna on a leaf lettus and roll it up.
Also mix up the fruit. My daughter comes to the store with me to pick out fruit for her lunches. Last week it was fresh plums and grapes.
Paper bag it. Take brown paper lunch bag and let your kids use draw on them with crayons, color pencils or marker to make one of a kind lunch sacks.

Jessica - posted on 08/21/2009

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Quoting Barbara:

Some lunch box ideas - fresh veggies (peppers, cukes, carrots, whole peas) and cooked meats (chicken chunks, Chinese bbq pork, etc) with hummus (good protein!) for dipping. (BTW - Costco and other stores have 'grilled' chicken strips- it's high in protein but low in fat and carbs - great as a finger food or in a sandwich or wrap!) Sliced cheeses and meats with crackers (make up your own "Lunchable".) Kids like to build things - so a little container of cream cheese with crackers and sliced cukes/sliced meats. Bagels with various cream cheeses or cheese, veggies, meats or pb&j. Edamame makes a great high protein lunch item and is fun to eat. Tortillas spread with peanut butter and banana and rolled up and served with plain or vanilla yogurt for dipping (these are called "chunky monkeys"). Wraps were mentioned earlier and work great with various meats, cheeses or cream cheese (flavored too!), sprouts, lettuce or spinach leaves, sliced of cukes, thin strips of carrot and red pepper. Ranch dressing adds a little moisture and flavor. Cold quesadillas (with or without meat/veggies) with sour cream and/or salsa to dip. I also will slice fresh fruit (like peach, berries, or mango) and put in the bottom of a snack sized container and fill with vanilla yogurt. By the time he eats it, it is usually still a little 'slushy'. Sometimes, simply changing the regular bread into something different, like a sub roll can make lunch more interesting. Apple slices (dip in a little lemon juice or Sprite to keep from browning) or celery sticks and a little container of peanut butter for dipping.

I'm new to this group and maybe I am just extremely lucky - I have two sons ages 10 and 22 - and I have NEVER had issues with either one of them eating their veggies. I saw post after post 'hiding' the veggies - that seems really sad to me! My boys have grown up at the family table and we all eat together - and they see us eating and enjoying our vegetables! My 10-year old loves to go to the farmer's market and pick out the freshest asparagus, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, etc. He LOVES spinach both cold and lightly wilted tossed with hot pasta. He HATES kids' menus - they are always chicken nuggests, mac n cheese, hot dogs, etc!

Good luck!



Barbara,



 



Some of us have very picky children. I sit with my family every night at the dinner table to eat and my husband and I always eat our vegatables. But our child has heard from school friends that they dont like veggies so of course he doesnt like them either. It is necessary for some of us to "hide" their veggies, but you dont need to look down upon us or make assumptions like your family is better than any of ours. Just because your child hates kids menus doesnt mean that my son that loves them is at all overweight. Honestly, I just feel that was a little uncalled for. Thanks.

Darlajean - posted on 08/09/2009

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Heather - posted on 08/05/2009

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I freeze Capri Sun Roaring waters to use as an ice pack to keep lunch cold, my daughter just smushes the thawing drink at lunch time and has a slushy.

Barbara - posted on 08/04/2009

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Some lunch box ideas - fresh veggies (peppers, cukes, carrots, whole peas) and cooked meats (chicken chunks, Chinese bbq pork, etc) with hummus (good protein!) for dipping. (BTW - Costco and other stores have 'grilled' chicken strips- it's high in protein but low in fat and carbs - great as a finger food or in a sandwich or wrap!) Sliced cheeses and meats with crackers (make up your own "Lunchable".) Kids like to build things - so a little container of cream cheese with crackers and sliced cukes/sliced meats. Bagels with various cream cheeses or cheese, veggies, meats or pb&j. Edamame makes a great high protein lunch item and is fun to eat. Tortillas spread with peanut butter and banana and rolled up and served with plain or vanilla yogurt for dipping (these are called "chunky monkeys"). Wraps were mentioned earlier and work great with various meats, cheeses or cream cheese (flavored too!), sprouts, lettuce or spinach leaves, sliced of cukes, thin strips of carrot and red pepper. Ranch dressing adds a little moisture and flavor. Cold quesadillas (with or without meat/veggies) with sour cream and/or salsa to dip. I also will slice fresh fruit (like peach, berries, or mango) and put in the bottom of a snack sized container and fill with vanilla yogurt. By the time he eats it, it is usually still a little 'slushy'. Sometimes, simply changing the regular bread into something different, like a sub roll can make lunch more interesting. Apple slices (dip in a little lemon juice or Sprite to keep from browning) or celery sticks and a little container of peanut butter for dipping.

I'm new to this group and maybe I am just extremely lucky - I have two sons ages 10 and 22 - and I have NEVER had issues with either one of them eating their veggies. I saw post after post 'hiding' the veggies - that seems really sad to me! My boys have grown up at the family table and we all eat together - and they see us eating and enjoying our vegetables! My 10-year old loves to go to the farmer's market and pick out the freshest asparagus, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, etc. He LOVES spinach both cold and lightly wilted tossed with hot pasta. He HATES kids' menus - they are always chicken nuggests, mac n cheese, hot dogs, etc!

Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 08/03/2009

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Exactly what I was looking for - new ideas for a new school year. Another suggestion not listed is trail mix - if you find a healthy one or mix your own you can send a lot of protein and something different from a sandwich.



My daughter is 8 and it is getting harder to hide the healthy food in her food, but I think I'm going to give "grass" a try now. It's all about perspective. The boiled egg idea is fantastic also. My daughter loves them but I never thought to send them for lunch.



Cindy - could you post the name of your cookbook? Thanks!

Sandy - posted on 08/01/2009

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Thanks for all the ideas everyone, I will try some to give my daughter some variety with your suggestions. This weekend I am making Bliss Balls with my Oscar juicer - soak some nuts (almonds) and peel skin off and process with mincer with some unsulphurised dried fruit (apricots and bananas), roll in a ball and roll in coconut. Meant to be very yummy. Another big hit is the good old homemade choc slice but I add lots of nut meal (hazelnut & almond) and flaxseed and chopped prunes and dates to give it some nutritional substance.

Walidah - posted on 07/31/2009

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i will try some of these ideas and see if it makes lunches more interesting. my kids are pretty happy with having anything that comes from home. lol

Renee - posted on 07/30/2009

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go to parents.com. they have great ideas there about different food to pack in your kids lunch box stuff like cream cheese and blueberry sandwiches and humas and red and yellow pepper sandwiches. I tried a lot and my kids will eat them. there favorite was apple butter and apple slices sandwich.

Coral - posted on 07/30/2009

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My daughter loves sandwiches made with waffles. I get 2 frozen waffles, stick ham & cheese in it or whatever filling your child likes and cut it in 2.

Also if your school has no peanut butter restrictions, take a hotdog bun, spread peanut butter inside, and give them a banana on the side. At lunch time they unpeel the banana and stick it in the bun. Voila banana hotdog

One more thing I like to do is if I have any leftover taco meat. I mix the meat, some tomatoes lettuce etc and give her a small bag of doritoes. At lunch she just has to mix the meat mizture into the bag of chips and she has a portable taco salad.

I hope these help out!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 07/30/2009

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get some large cookie cutters and once the sandwich is made press the cookie cutter on top so you have heart, star, bear shaped sandwiches. the kids will be anticipating lunch time to see what shape sandwich they have. also my kids like anything round for some reason, grapes, cherry tomatoes or with melons make melon balls.

Cindy - posted on 07/29/2009

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I will get the name of a cookbook I have that is a huge help, nut in the meantime. try wraps, you can hide extra veggies and its easily hand held. we also send chicken nuggets but put them in the insulated soup container to keep warm. to keep the PB&J less messy, mix the PB&J together and its much thicker won't run out of the bread. I'm also a teacher and the kids love it when their sandwiches are in designs or shapes using cookie cutters and mom sendind a note brings a smile on their faces everytime! be back later with the cookbook name

Angel - posted on 07/28/2009

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freeze your box of gogurts and they will still be cold at lunch. They are also good frozen!

Diannah - posted on 07/27/2009

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For school...
I make grilled cheese sandwiches before school and then wrap them in tinfoil when they're not so hot (but before they get cold and hard). Kids seem to like them.
I also make chicken fingers or chicken nuggets the night before and wrap them in tin foil (the tinfoil seems to help keep their texture and not get soggy).
I use tortilla wraps -with a spread of cream cheese and cucumber ever-so-THINLY sliced placed in a layer on top of the cream cheese and then wrapped up and cut into 4 mini logs. (Can also be used on regular white bread and cut into 4 triangles making an 'x' through the sandwich. Seems to go over well with most kids)
I also fry or grill up a cuple hamburger patties the night before, and throw on a couple toppings the morning of - to keep them soggy-free.
I throw a whole hard-boiled egg in a baggy and throw it in their lunches (or pickled eggs).
Pre-wrapped processed cheese slices.
Peanut butter sandwiches with thin slices of banana on it. Sounds gross but kids like this also.
I make a regular lunch meat sandwich - say a ham sandwich or roast beef shaved lunch meat - BUT throw on some alfalfa sprouts. And, the kids love it because they think they are eating 'grass'. How cool. lol
I slice a hot dog up all the way through the hotdog and up the middle - but stop before the end - and then cut it in half again - so your cuts have made 4 'legs' out of the hot dog attached to the top uncut part.... and then throw it in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes.
It makes the 4 legs curl out and looks like an octopus. In a pinch, I sometimes just throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds and it seems to do the same trick.
I cut apples into at least 10 slices - kids seem to eat it and enjoy it better when everything is 'small'.

That's all I can think of at the moment. Mind you, it's nearly 2:00am. I'm sure I could come up with some more during the daytime. lol

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