Winter break is good for all of us. By the time break rolls around, I’m in a rut and slapping some peanut butter and jelly on the heel of the last loaf of bread I can find in the house. We all need a little reprieve and by the time everyone starts up again, I’m energized and ready to make school lunches a little more interesting and unexpected again. So here — some fun, simple lunch ideas for kids:
1.) Sandwich skewers — Cheese, veggies (we like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and olives), and lunchmeat on skewers. Or try fruit skewers.
2.) Smoothies — I add Greek yogurt to ours for a little extra protein. This is one of the few ways I can get my meat-and-potatoes boy to actually eat fruits (I sneak in a few veggies sometimes also). If you’re taking them to school, just make sure you have a good Thermos and ice pack to keep them cold.
3.) Make-Your-Own Lunchables — Pack Ritz or other wafer-crackers, small cheese slices, and lunch meat slices and let the kids assemble them at school.
5.) Sandwich sushi. Tortilla wraps with lunch meat and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, sliced width-wise.
6.) Cookie cutouts. Make regular sandwiches and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. You can also use smaller cookie cutters for cucumbers, strawberries or melon slices.
If you’re really feeling on the ball, try adding a lunch note here and there, too!
Four and a half months of school to go, people! Let’s do this thing.