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my little guy really likes hot dogs. I found a wide mouth thermos is great for his lunches. I heat the hot dog in the micro wave while hot water is resting in the thermos. Empty water, and put the dog in. I then send along a 'buttered' ok ketchuped slice of bread and he puts them together at school. the thermos is also great for speghettis and rice & chicken leftovers which he likes. be sure to check them though some say for cold items only.
I second the frozen juice box idea. As a kid my mom would do that for me at school and I still do it now as an adult!
There have been some great ideas already, what I would add is to make sure your daughter helps "make" her lunch. At the very least give her some ability to choose what she wants.
Here is what I mean:
I pack an early morning snack for my daughter at daycare. She helps by picking 1 juice and two items from a basket. This way I know she will eat it. I would do the same with your daughter - give her some options and have her choose.
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A lunch box she loves
Carton of juice
cheese/ham/turkey slices/peanut butter/jam
Cold pizza/mini meat pasties/chicken pieces
Cut up fruit/salad sticks/grapes/raisins
It depends what sort of food she likes really - you could get more adventurous with pasta and rice, but this is more fiddly to eat.
I always work with the principle of having a drink, sandwich or similar, healthy snack like fruit and a treat, like a small piece of cake or yoghurt
Hope this helps, Pink, xx
I have a bit of experience when it comes to this, as my husband brings his lunch daily & so do both of my boys.
Keep this in mind: I am sure your child's lunch will be kept inside and eaten at or before noon. I haven't had any problem packing a normal type lunch, even once my boys lost those wonderful little frozen packs (like they always do 2 weeks into the school year!). I stay away from anything with mayo, but I pack: sandwiches, dried fruit, fruit roll ups, crackers, carrot stix, celery six, raisins, you name it.
BIG TIP: If you buy any of the juice packs, you can keep some in the freezer to double as an "ice pack". My boys like that, but my husband says it makes the juice taste like water (?!?). A lot of times, leftovers don't need to be reheated (they love cold pizza, leftover baked chicken, etc).
Don't worry too much about a lot of variety- kids don't usually care! My boys have been bringing their lunch for years, and refuse to eat school lunch!
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There are some great insulated lunch bags out on the market. Some even come with reusable ice packs that you throw in the freezer. I use them when I go kayaking in the middle of summer and it keeps everything cool and fresh in the insulated bags. Like WDBrown suggested, prepare everything the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight and throw the cool pack in the bag in the morning.
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First get a lunch bag that has insulation or one that let's you store hot food & cold. There are some out there. Also include a thermos so you can have milk. Just make sure to refrigerate the lunch the night before and the food will stay cold.
Always include a fruit, peanut butter & jelly is always a good one or a meat sandwich minus cheese if you can't get the sandwich cold.
Sorry, it has been over 9 years since I have had to worry about this so I hope some of these suggestions help you.
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My daughter is going to be in a summercamp/school program to get her ready to start kindergarten in the fall..
And I just read that she has to bring lunch everyday! At her current daycare she gets lunch provided to her.. so totally new to me to have to make lunch lol
Here are the requirements:
No refrigeration needed
Nothing that needs to be microwaved/heated up
So any ideas??? Would be great..besides just a sandwich everyday for her
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