Needing New Snack and Lunch Ideas

Kylie - posted on 05/30/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hey im looking for some new snack and lunch ideas to make for my son. I want to try some new and different things so my son doesnt get bored with his food. Hope you can help me.

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Rebekah - posted on 06/02/2011

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Snacks:
- Ham Rolls
- Crackers, Cheese, Pickles
- Fruit Salad with Heavenly Cream (use whipping cream mix with orange juice and honey - pour over fruit)
- Duck Fruit - cut a pear in half then into slices but keeping the shape, lay down a piece of lettuce, put the pear half slices on top, then cut triangle cheese shapes to make a bill and web feet.
- Wheel Crackers - use ritz crackers and canned cheese to make a wheel shape
- Banana Boat - cut a banana lengthwise in half, have your child spread peanut butter on top and stick animal crackers in the peanut butter
- Weights - pretzel sticks and cube cheese, stab the ends of the pretzel stick into cheese cubes - mini weights!

Lunch Ideas:
- Deli Plate: meats, cheese, olives, pickles, crackers, fruit, veggies, etc.
- French Loaf - bake french loaf bread, about 5 minutes before done, pull out cut in half, put meat and cheese and if you like a dressing add it, finish baking, then top off with veggies if desired.
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Tomato Soup with goldfish crackers
- Loaded baked potato
- Pirate Lunch: fish sticks, fries, pea treasure, boats
Cut up carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes for fries - drizzle with oil and bake
Bake fish sticks
Make rice and add peas as the hidden treasure
Cut up celery sticks, peel off thin slices of carrots - using a toothpick stab into celery stick and then add the carrot slice for a sail

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Jenny - posted on 06/11/2011

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Rebekha, I am loving your post and am going to lots of your suggestions, or send my kids to yours for tea xxxx

Jenni - posted on 06/07/2011

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Like any adult we don't like eating the same thing over and over again so my only rule - trust what you have in the house! Don't care what my child eats cos I know what food we have and it's healthy. Freezer is another friend of mine. I might make cakes, savoury scones, zucchini slices, quiches etc, I cut into portion size and pull out different thing for each day. Try taste.com which are simple easy recipes or kidspot.com. Homemade muesli bars. For travelling dry fruit, cheese sticks and dry biscuits that in containers that they use and that doesn't go off so they are always in my bag as emergency. Homemade pizza which your child can help with topping - having your child help with cooking is great for them and they love eating their food. I find also sitting with them at the table also helps with no tv, they like socializing just like us lol try not to stress they will eat when hungry so don't keep offering another food, also let him get the food out eg. yogurt, jam, bread etc. Also my child has a shelf in the fridge which has her food on it and she can help herself. Hope it helps

Rebekah - posted on 06/02/2011

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You're welcome. The key I've learned with toddlers and food, they might get bored, but usually it's not with the "same" food - it's how it's introduced. If you can switch up the presentation - they'll eat it over and over again. :)

Paula - posted on 06/01/2011

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fun way to eat pbjs s let your little one chose a large cookie cutter and let him cut a shape sandwich with it. Then he can eat the shape and the "hole"! Somehing my girls liked and still ask for (they are in their 20's) is goulash mom style. Elbow macaroni cooked,add tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Easy enough that I taught it to 7th graders as a special home ec class at my daughter's school.

Kylie - posted on 05/31/2011

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Sorry Christy i only just saw your post they are at home lunches, at the moment he goes to daycare but they make all his lunches. Ethan loves Quesadillas with chicken and cheese, great ideas thanks i will have to try some of these with him.

Kylie - posted on 05/31/2011

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They are great ideas thanks Samantha and Desiree he is 3 years old and he loves to make and eat mini pizzas, Fruit kebabs, spagetti and meatballs, mini hotdogs, he loves hamburgers but will only eat them if it has heaps of tomatoes, and loves to eat anything that he can help make or cook

Christy - posted on 05/31/2011

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Another one my kids love is what we call pizzaritos. We use a tortilla as the crust and put whatever pizza toppings on we like and bake it for about 7 minutes.

Christy - posted on 05/31/2011

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How old is your son? Are these lunches at home? Or to be sent to school?

Here are some ideas. My kids get so tired of sandwiches in their school lunch, so I try to get creative every once in awhile.

Crackers with cheese slices and lunch meat slices
quesadillas (tortillas with melted cheese)
sandwich with peanut butter and sliced banana
tuna on crackers
grilled tuna or cheese sandwiches
chicken salad made like tuna served on crackers
PB & J spread and wrapped into a tortilla shell

Desiree - posted on 05/31/2011

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my 4 y/o also like fruit cups, applesauce, jello. sandwiches- peanut butter fluff, nutella, butter.

Samantha - posted on 05/31/2011

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We like any kind of finger foods. Our kids really like pepperoni and cheese melted on a hot dog or hamburger bun in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Easy and they can help. The normal PB and raisins on a piece of celery. A banana split w/ frozen yogurt and fruits, a cheese and cracker tray, anything they can assemble themselves, they just love !! Not sure his age or preference in foods, but I hope this helps some what.

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