“Mum, I am so sick of turkey sandwiches!”
And those were his words exactly. The Boy is in Grade One and takes his lunch every day. I don’t mind eating the same things for lunch every day; my son, however, likes variety. By Day 3 he was tiring of my turkey sandwich/baby carrots/apple/cookie lunch pack and was demanding creative alternatives.
I reached out to my network on Facebook, harnessing the global power of mom-dom, and got some wicked suggestions. Here are a few:
- Pasta salad with whole wheat pasta, boccocini, tomatoes and cucumbers. Serve with dressing on the side (Paul Newman’s Italian was the exact recommendation) so the salad doesn’t get soggy.
- Healthy soups in a thermos. I made a batch of chicken noodle yesterday and the Boy enjoyed it today with some crackers and a peach. The thermos is also good for other leftovers, like pasta, casseroles, rice and beans. I heat up the food before placing it in the thermos and it stays quite warm the whole day.
- Celery with cream cheese in the middle.
- A fruit and cheese plate with whole wheat crackers.
- Leftover pizza. Takeout pizza is healthier now with whole wheat/multigrain options and lots of options for vegetables. My kids consider this lunch to be a real treat.
- Homemade healthy muffins. My friend Stacey from high school shared this recipe for yummy, healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (that freeze well too):
In one bowl mix
1 cup ww flour
1 cup of white flour
3 tbsp of ground flax seed (you can modify depending on how much your family is used to)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2nd bowl mix
2 eggs beaten
15 ounces (2 cups) of canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Add to dry ingredients and stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.
- My friend Dawnita told me about this website, My Toddler’s Lunchbox, and I’m kind of obsessed! This blogger has the lunchtime creativity that I can only aspire to!