Healthy Kindergarden Lunchbox Ideas?

Stephanie - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter starts school in 2 weeks (then beginning of the school year in Australia). I give my daughter organic or at least all natural foods and I am starting her at a private school that does not have a cafeteria. I need creative lunchbox ideas. Things that will last. Snacks and lunch.
Please help me keep my daughter healthy!!!!!

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Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010

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Kudos to you for taking on early healthy eating habits! My daughter loves fruit of all kids, and just about any kind can be packed in a lunch box & last till lunch. She also likes the sqeezable yogurt tubes (I buy the organic ones). She's not big on sandwiches, but she loves it if I just roll up natural ham slices and such. Basically, the key is to let your daughter help you plan her meals, and to realize that a lunch doesn't have to include the "normal" items, i.e. sandwich, chips, apple. The only "rule" my daughter and I follow is to include a fruit, a protein, and a "crunchy" (she likes to have something similar to chips, and there are lots of natural, organic choices). Good luck!

Carly - posted on 01/17/2010

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My daughters number one favourite school snack is hummus and pita bread. I also stick some red pepper in there for variety sometimes. For a drink I usually pack her water or mint tea that has been cooled to room temp (her preferred way of drinking it).

Asya - posted on 01/17/2010

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I got this recipe from a Rachel Ray show and my daughter loves it. Take a large piece of whole grain bread and roll it as flat as you can, then spread peanut butter on it, place a whole peeled banana lengthwise across the bread and roll it up and cut like sushi. Took it in to my daughter's pre-k class one day and they loved it too.

Angie - posted on 01/17/2010

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My youngest child's favorite school lunch is 1/2 a tomato, 1/2 a bell pepper, a piece of string cheese and a boiled egg. My older daughter is happy with a peanut butter sandwich and a piece of fruit. Let her help you make her lunch and she'll let you know what she wants and she'll be more inclined to eat it! We have reusable ice packs that we pack with their lunches and it stays cold until lunch.

Heather - posted on 01/16/2010

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my daughter's like wraps of any kind. My one dd loves one made with peanut butter, chicken carrot sticks and sprouts (whatever kind I have around). Sounds gross but it's actually pretty tasty and really filling. Most of the snacks I send with my girls are home made - banana bread, pumpkin bread, muffins, oatmeal cookies, dried fruit (not as good for the teeth but it doesn't get squished like fresh fruit and can be carried in their pocket) soup or pasta in a thermos.



What I do is once a month I have a huge baking/cooking day and make a few different types of soups and stews and package them into serving size containers so I just take the soup out of the freezer the night before, heat it in the morning and they're good to go. I also wrap all the muffins/bread slices seperately in wax paper and store in huge freezer bags so I just pull one out in the morning and pop it in the lunch bag.



I like my kids to eat natural foods and the only way I can find to do that is to make it all myself.

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