Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: next to the snoring bear
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I was shocked by the no yogurt as well. We buy Stoneyfield Farms. These are wonderful organic yogurts much like the Brown Cow yogurts. If I couldn't pack yogurt in Sam's lunch, he would starve. He eats yogurt for all meals.
Sam likes pretzels or chips (for some reason he really likes the Kettle Chips NY Cheddar and Herbs) and small boxes of raisins or other dried fruits. Sam doesn't eat this, but as a child, I loved it when my mom would make celery with peanut butter and raisins or carrots with peanut butter. I also liked it when she cut up cheese and put in some crackers. How about sliced apples that have been tossed in a little lemon juice to keep the brown away and some honey or peanut butter to dip them in?
I don't know how old your child is, but a thermos of soup was always a great treat. You could do a little fresh fruit salad that includes all your child's favorites if you think they wouldn't object to the fruit being all mixed up. What about mini muffins wtih fruit? They are just right for kids. Instead of sugar, you could sweeten them with brown rice syrup or just let the fruit be the sweetener.
For sandwiches, try cutting them into different shapes using cookie cutters. There are some pretty big ones out there, so you can get one that is pretty close to bread size or you could use two cutters for the sanwich and give them two shapes. You could also try substituting a roll for the sandwich bread.
We eat a ton of peanut butter here because it is one of Sam's ultimate favorite things. So I am sorry for all the ideas including it.
Another way to make things interesting,even if it is the same old lunch food, is to wrap it in colorful plastic wrap or paper. You could do theme lunches where everything is round or square or everything is something you might find at a picnic. For a picnic theme, you could wrap the sandwich in a colorful napkin and make little ant logs with celery, peanut butter and raisins and even put a small flower in the lunch.