As the new school year gets into gear, perhaps you would like to spice up and “health up” the lunch you pack for your child. I know that I sometimes feel like I get in a school lunch rut with our kids. While giving them nearly the same thing everyday works, I would not consider making the same dinner every night. Good food is just too exciting and important for that type of resignation. I think I stay with the tried and true out of habit and the need to meet the tastes of three children.
I am ready to branch out! At the “Eat Well,” website, there are some great ideas that can turn boredom on its sorry head. From the “Pizza Roll- Up Bento Lunch” to the “Broccoli Cheese Pie” that brilliantly features the fifth food group -bacon (and can easily become a vegetarian entrée by skipping the bacon), there are great and delicious ideas here for lunch. Even the most fickle pickle of children could find these offerings, many which have kid friendly fruits and vegetables on the side, appealing and desirable. Think star shaped watermelon slices, and rainbow colored plates of fruits and vegetables! These unique offerings go far to deliver a very “whole food” lunchtime meal.
Gone are the days of plain peanut butter sandwiches and hello to the days of healthier, and more interesting yum! However, remember to throw in that old favorite once in a while.