I like how the page starts, "An empty lunch box can be an intimidating thing at 6 am when you are wiping the sleep from you eyes and wishing you had taken the time to prepare and program the coffee maker the night before."
Well most lunch boxes have little ice pack things in there, anyway, so keeping things that need to be chilled shouldn't be an issue...
Here are some ideas: BLT on whole wheat bread with some fresh fruit Bean & cheese burrito on a whole wheat tortilla with fruit or veggie sides Individual meat loaf "muffin" with fruit and veggies on the side and cubed cheese (my kids love this) "Make your own Lunchable" - We usually put in whole wheat crackers, cheese, and turkey pepperoni ... then you could add in some fruit or veggie sticks
Lots of great ideas here: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/lunchb oxfood2.htm
-Jenn Trying to eat well and exercise often.... Wife to a great guy and mommy to the best 3 little cuties on earth! www.jennsraq.com
My girls get a peanut butter sandwich, fresh freggie (either cherry tomatoes, strawberries, carrots or pears), pudding (I buy a box of sugar free pudding and it last the whole week for two girls)and either homemade chex mix or pretzels.
For snack they take grahm crackers or fresh fruit.
Cashew butter? I haven't run across that. Almond butter yes. I guess I'll have to have a look one day - for variety's sake. Truth be told, I think I'm better off without the peanut butter for now, but it's nice to know there are alternatives.
As for that pasta salad... I'm definitely going to try that! (Without the olives which I don't really care for.)
For those who can't use peanut butter, cashew butter isn't that expensive and it's really tasty.
Also, you can mix it up a bit: take a flour torilla, spread with nut butter and honey, roll up. For a younger kid, cut into slices to make cute little swirls.
As a snack: baby carrots with hummus or celery with nut butter and raisins.
My favorite: pasta or rice salad. Take leftover pasta or rice, toss with a little oil and vinegar, some oregano, salt, and pepper, and any leftover veggies (diced), beans, or shredded cheese. Add in a couple of olives. Yum! It's really satifying, inexpensive, and can be pretty healthy depending on what you put in it.
School is starting. For some it has already started.
Packing a cheap nutritious lunch that kids will actually eat is a real challenge.
Post your ideas for a bag lunch a kid would eat that doesn't need to be put in the refrigerator and doesn't need to be heated up here.
Guidelines: 1. The meal should include at least 3 of the 4 following food groups: Protein, dairy, freggie (fruits and veggies), and grains. 2. Reasonable cost... ...this will vary from person to person and we don't all shop in the same place...
Let's say it should cost less than $1.50.
Double points if it's under $1.00 or if it includes all 4 groups and/or a snack.
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