Back-to-school time is an exciting time. Kids get excited about picking out their new backpacks, getting new sneakers, and gathering up their favorite-colored pencils. Whether they have dusted off last year’s lunch box or have a new one, it isn’t always easy to get the kids to eat the lunch inside that lunch bag. Get them excited about what they will be eating with these fun lunches.
One of the easiest ways to get your kids to eat their lunch is to make it fun to eat. Fun finger foods like small sandwich roll-ups are a hit and can include their favorites. Maybe your kids like peanut butter and jelly – cut the sandwich into rectangles, making it easy.
If your kids enjoy dipping their carrots in hummus, then pack baby carrots or carrot sticks with hummus. It will be like snack time at home. Maybe they enjoy dipping fruit into yogurt – pack a dippable container!
If packing a charcuterie will encourage them, cut up their favorite cheese into cubes and add crackers for a charcuterie on the go.
A fun food to try is rice cakes. They come in different flavors, don’t require refrigeration, and are the perfect snack food.
A fun treat, especially on a cold day, is warm soup or mac and cheese for lunch. Make sure to warm it up just before storing it in a thermos. Make sure to tighten the thermos, so there isn’t soup leakage within the lunch box of the backpack, though.
Pizza pinwheels – for the kid that loves pizza, this one is a favorite and easy to make. All you need refrigerated crescent rolls and your favorite pizza toppings – sauce, cheese, meat, and veg. Roll out the crescent rolls pressing the seams together. On top of the crescents, evenly spread pizza sauce and top with your chosen toppings. Once all topped, roll the crescents so it is the longest roll. Once all rolled up, cut every 2 inches and place the pinwheels on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes until cheese is melted and bread is golden.
Mix up any sandwich by using flatbread and smearing with your favorite condiments and layering with cheese and lunchmeat, or peanut butter and jelly for a sandwich pinwheel.
Go All Out
While it isn’t easy to do this all the time, it is a fun treat to add cookie cutters to the rotation from time to time. Cut your child’s favorite sandwich in a star, the heart or tree shape to add an extra layer of fun. You can even cut up fruits like watermelon, kiwi, or pineapple in fun shapes. Keep foods separated with colorful cupcake liners.
Add in notes, jokes, or fun toothpicks to the lunch. The kitchen section of your favorite store has fun cocktail picks with bright colors or your kids’ favorite characters on them, poke them into cut fruit or veg, allowing for fun snacking. It may even encourage them to try new foods! Putting in a joke is a fun way to break the ice, and they may even share the joke with their friends.