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#1 of 9 Old 01-15-2007, 09:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I get so tired of trying to pack healthy and fun lunches for my son...any ideas?

We usually do a sandwhich of some sort - tuna, pbj, lunch meat
a fruit of some sort - apple, applesause, orange, dried apricots or raisins
and a treat - fruit roll up, cookies, brownie
he gets bottle of water as well

but I wish I knew some other yummy but healthy options. Ds is a great eater and likes lots of healthy foods, I am just not that creative on packing lunches.
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We only do snacks right now as it's preschool but here are a few ideas:

- Miniature quiches (they sell the mini pastry tarts in the frozen section) with egg-based quiche (egg, milk, cheese (ricotta, parmesan, etc.), salt and BP, bake at 350 deg for 10 min approx; can modify and add spinach, broc, red peppers, meat, etc.)

- soft burrito shells slathered in creamcheese and cukes, sandwich meat, humus, etc. rolled up and cut like little sushis.

- Edamame in the pods (she loves these)

I also bought a bunch of cookie cutters and cut sandwiches into shapes hoping she'll eat them
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It does get tiring.

I bought really good quality Thermos brand containers and send left-overs or soup/crackers. Once you can send hot food, it really increases the variety. My kids will even take a leftover veggie side dish.

Carrot sticks and dip. Yougart covered raisins. More different dried fruits. Cheese sticks. Containers of yougart. Nuts. Different nut butters. Salads instead of a sandwich. I just put the dressing in a separate container. Mine like canned fruit like peaches, pears and pinapple. Cottage cheese. Deviled eggs. I put in a cold pack to keep those items fresh.

I don't send a sweet every day. Just occasionally and they seem to enjoy it more.

If you have the appropriate containers, you can send almost anything you eat at home.
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Love to hear new ideas! I get in a rut. We just got a Laptop Lunch thingy and it has been inspiring to fill in all the little containers.

In the main dish, I put a sandwich or leftovers (and/or put leftovers in a thermos if hot). I put yogurt or something else like that in the sealed dish. Then snacky type stuff in the other two (he has two snacks a day). For snacky, we've done cereal bar, trail mix, crackers & cheese, and fruit/veggies cut into appetizing wedges or sticks. He also takes a bottle of water.

mama to DS 9 and DD 5 and
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DD loves taking pasta salad -- just plain pasta mixed with steamed veggies and cheese, maybe a few beans. She doesn't like any mayo or dressing on it, just plain, and she'll eat a whole bowl of it! She also likes taking cut up fruits or veggies, cheese cubes, yogurt with or without granola, roll up sandwiches. I always try to have a "main course" such as the pasta salad or a sandwich, fruit/vegetable, dairy plus a sweet treat. We like variety! She only drinks water, so she also gets a sports bottle of water.
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hummus and pitas or kidney beans, feta, and balsamic vinegrette.

Strawberries, pears, apples, or blueberries.

cheese chunks

Carrot sticks or cucumber sticks.

Cup of water or cranberry juice.
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Most of the time my kids just want the sandwhich and are unhappy if they don't get it. So there lunch is usually a sandwhich, a fruit, and their canteen of water. Sometimes I swap out the fruit with yogurt or applesauce. About once a month I will add a surprise treat.

Other things I have packed for lunch are:
Bagel w/cream cheese
Tortellini or ravioli
Soup
Veggies and dip
Leftover pizza (they love that one)
Yogurt & granola
Sushi (but we rarely have leftover so this does not happen often)
Turkey & lettuce roll ups

Kathy-Mom to Blake & Mikaela
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my dd got bored w/ sandwiches, we just bought an insulated bowl and are sending hot soup.
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My ds loves turkey rollups. Just a piece of deli turkey rolled up in a big piece of lettuce. A slgith variation on the same 'ol sandwich....

Jen, former attorney and now SAHM to 11 yo ds and 8 yo ds

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