I'm a vegan and my son is vegetarian. He'll be three next month. Recently he's started insisting that he doesn't like foods he used to like. I think it's more of an assertion of independence than anything else. Anyway, thankfully there are several things (hot food) he'll still eat for breakfast and dinner. The problem is what to pack for lunch at his daycare. Often he hardly eats any of the food I send.
-they will not heat up food for the kids, so it has to be a cold lunch
-he seems to get sick of something if I send it often (can't blame him for this, I like variety, too)
-he would live off milk, fruit, and simple carbs (crackers, cookies) if I let him.
-peanut butter is a no go due to daycare policy
Some things he (sometimes) eats are hummus sandwiches, pretzel sticks dipped in hummus, and plain yogurt sweetened with a little maple syrup. He used to eat cheese sticks or cheese sandwiches, but lately he won't eat cheese. He loves peanut butter, but is not so into almond butter.
I usually send a cup of milk, some kind of protein-rich food (yogurt, hummus, etc.) and a fruit and/or vegetable. After nap, all the kids get a snack of the not-so-healthy variety (cookies or goldfish crackers) provided by the day care. They told me that when he refuses his lunch, they try to get him to eat it for snack. But if he refuses it again, they give him the snack all the other kids are having, so that he eats something. I don't really have the time/energy to be too adamant about food stuff these days, so I don't really mind the not-so-great snack...as long as he gets some nutrition in at some point. But that is a challenge lately.
He does take a daily multivitamin.
I'm wondering if there are any ideas you all have for lunch that I may not have thought of. I'd love to hear them! Thanks