If I’m going to be honest with you, this lunch is not rocket science. This is also not indicative of my cooking skills. However, my kids will eat it and sometimes that’s all that matters. It’s proof that there doesn’t have to be a fancy lunch with caterpillars made out of celery and peanut butter or butterflies made from fruit. That kind of stuff would never make it to lunch time in its original form. Have you seen the way kids throw around their lunchboxes?
I pick out simple foods, ham (or salami, turkey, chicken, or beef jerky), cheese, and whatever cracker I can get them to eat. I like these sweet potato crackers from Costco and 2/3 of my kids like them too. I don’t know what it is about crackers in my house, they won’t just eat any old cracker. I guess I should be thankful for that.
I add fruit EVERYDAY and veggies about 2-3 days out of the school week. I like to add yogurt or a yogurt drink in this too, but I know they are getting some calcium from the cheese. Really what’s important to me is that they are full when they leave lunch. Some fiber, protein, and fat will make sure they can make it through the rest of the school day without their tummies grumbling.
Don’t waste your money on pre-packaged lunch kits, they are super simple to make at home and don’t take much time at all, as long as you have everything prepped. The lunch kids often come with ultra processed foods and sugary drink boxes or mixes. That’s my biggest complaint. Why not just pack water? That’s all they need.
If you need a little convincing, here’s a handy dandy video: