When I speak with other parents, one of the common topics of conversation is usually food. What are our kids’ favourite foods? How do you get your kid to eat their school lunches? Because these seem to be frequent questions, I’ve decided to put together a few school lunches that will make your life easier.
It seems school lunches are the bane of many parents’ existence. I have some ideas on how to make things less nerve-wracking.
School Lunch Tips
- Get your kids involved in packing their lunches! I usually set out a variety of lunch items (fruit, veggies, etc) and Little One picks what she wants in her lunch (from the items offered to her). This way, she cannot say that she didn’t want a certain food item, because she was the one who picked it. Also, if she is choosing from what is offered, there is no risk of her choosing junk.
- Create a menu together. Gather your kids’ favourite recipes and meals and make a binder together. If you want, you can even hop on Pinterest together and “pin” some fun kids’ school lunches ideas. If kids are involved in making their lunches, they are more likely to want to eat their creations.
- Leftovers are your best friend. If your kid absolutely loves shepherd’s pie or lasagna, send them to school with them for lunch! Little One loves leftovers. In fact, she isn’t much of a sandwich kid, so leftovers really make my life easier!
- Practice “half your plate” – Set out a variety of fruits and vegetables and make sure your kids fill their lunchboxes with lots of fruits and veggies, all colours of the rainbow! IF you are giving your child a treat, a little treat is sufficient. After all, a treat is just that…a treat! It’s something you don’t get every day.
- Use a bento style lunchbox, so all your child’s food is presented in front of him/her. Some of Little One’s friends got bento boxes like hers last year because their parents saw her lunches on social. One mom told me that her child was not eating all her lunch because she had so many containers to open and sometimes didn’t even realize she had certain items because she did not notice them. Now that she uses a bento, she sees all of her food and knows what’s in her lunchbox.
10 school lunches that will make your life easier
If you have a child like mine, who isn’t much of a sandwich lover, leftovers of their favourite meals are great!
Since healthy litterless lunches are my passion, I send Little One to school with as little packaging as possible. I also send her to school with reusable cloth napkins to eliminate paper waste.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that my lunchtime favourites are:
- Bentology: I love the bento box style lunchboxes. They are really convenient and they help me make sure Little One’s packed a balanced meal. She puts her fruits in one container, veggies in another container, etc.
BENTOLOGY IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU pack nutritious bento box lunches for school, work, travel, play or take out. Inspired by single-portion Bento containers common in Japan, Bentology provides lunchboxes, lunchbags, and containers for home-packed meals that encourage healthy eating and portion control. To keep you inspired, we provide creative lunch ideas and easy to make lunch recipes. Our bento boxes, lunch boxes, ice packs and bento accessories contain NO phthalates, BPA, PVC or lead.
- Funkins: I am obsessed with these reusable cloth napkins. I started using them for Little One when she started Junior Kindergarten. She’s in grade 4 this year, and we’re still using the same napkins!
Funkins are bright, reusable and eco-friendly cloth napkins made especially for kids. Funkins are ideal for lunch boxes and perfect for snack time when you’re at home or on the go.
- Lunchbox Love Notes: I leave a special note in Little One’s lunch each day. Just a little something to let her know I am thinking of her. Some days it’s a few words of encouragement and sometimes it’s a thank you for helping out. She enjoys the cool facts and jokes on the flip side of the cards.
The Original Lunchbox Love® notes for kids and adults is a unique way of connecting with your child and loved ones each and every day. Put a note in a lunch box, slide one into Dad’s wallet, drop one in the fridge, and anywhere else you can imagine. All of the cards have positive, heartfelt messages on the front and fun facts, jokes, or riddles that kids & adults love. It’s an easy way of connecting with those around you every day with ease. Guarantee a smile every day with Lunchbox Love for Kids, Teens & Tweens, Loved Ones & more from Say Please.
I want to make life a little bit easier for one Life on Manitoulin reader. Many parents keep telling me how lunch-making is a pain and how much they loathe school lunches. I actually love school lunches — mainly because Little One is now 8 years old, and old enough to be making her own lunches! Seriously, those lunches featured above are her doing!
I have partnered with my lunchtime favourites to offer one lucky reader a fabulous school lunches prize pack!
The prize pack includes:
- 1 bento lunchbox kit from Bentology.
- 1 Placemat/double ply and a set of 3 single ply napkins from Funkins.
- 4 packs of Lunchbox Love notes.
The giveaway is open to residents of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) and the U.S., and ends September 30, 2017. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.
Disclosure – This post is in partnership with the above brands. All thoughts and opinions on this blog are honest and my own.