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My DDs are 8 and 10. I usually have them bring lunch to school 4 days out of the week. However, both DP and I are WOHM, and have VERY little time in the morning to put any lunches together.<br><br>
However, I've found myself in a rut lately. A sandwich/dessert-type item (ex. 2 cookies, fruit roll-up, applesauce cup)/drink rut. This is a problem for three reasons: 1 - They need more to eat than that 2 - I need some other "meal" type item other than sandwich/sweet. (We're all sick of pretzels, and chips are so unhealthy! We've tried the pb and wheat cracker packs, but DD2 favors PB&J or PB&Banana sandwiches, so its a PB overload.) 3 - DDs are getting sick of turkey&cheese or pb&j sandwiches.<br><br>
They do love my tuna salad, and I try to make that (again, for a sandwich) once a week for them. But its still a sandwich.<br><br>
Bit of background info, the girls are old enough to make their own sandwiches, and throw all of their lunch ingredients into their bags. We are fairly "mainstream" food-wise <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">, and can be a bit picky on eating raw veggies (e.g. raw broccoli and dip would not fly, nor would hummus with pita chips).<br><br>
I've tried some of the Hillbilly Housewife tips (buy wide mouth thermos, fill with hot water, heat food super hot = still warm meal for lunch), but most mornings this is too time-consuming a task. I am certainly open to putting something together the night before, but it would still have to be something that doesn't have to be heated up. They don't have access to a microwave or anything at school, either.<br><br>
I'm hoping you mamas can give me some ideas on ways to cheaply, creatively, and at least marginally nutritionally (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce">) fill their lunch kits everyday! Thanks!
 

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here are the things my boys will take - yogurt or cottage cheese, pudding, applesauce, cheese sticks, carrot sticks, an apple, grapes, granola bars, raisins, bag of chips, pretzels, or pirates booty, leftovers from dinner if it's pasta or pizza, any homemeade treats I might have like a roll, a muffin, a cookie, banana bread...<br><br>
that's all I can think of off the top of my head...<br><br>
my boys make their own lunches too. I make them do it before they go to bed.
 

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My oldest takes a lunch everyday and hates sandwiches. However she can use a microwave so here is what I do. After dinner when I am putting away the food I put 1 or 2 portions in small containers for her lunches. That way in the mornings I can just put one of those in her lunch bag.<br><br>
I also buy things in bulk and repackage them in small baggies (candies, crackers, chips) and occasionally toss one of those in. I have also bought the small cups of tuna (snack size) and put that in with a packet of mayo (from convience store) and some crackers, then she can make her own tuna and have something to dip it in. Also Costco has fruit cups that are fairly healthy that I buy occasionally and toss in.<br><br>
I am a SAHM, but my mornings are crazy so I need easy to put together lunches.<br><br>
HTH
 

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My DD is a bit younger, and I don't know if your kids would think this is "cool", but we use the <a href="http://www.laptoplunches.com/" target="_blank">laptop lunch</a> system.<br><br>
I really like it because the way it's compartmentalized helps remind me that I can put a wide variety of foods in it. Sometimes I put in leftovers from dinner (pizza is her fave, but obviously we don't have that very often, so sometimes I cube up some chicken or beef or whatever), but usually I make her a half sandwich (pb&j or ham) and then add some fruit, pretzels, veggies/dip (there is a little dip container included in the lunch box <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">) or pickles.<br><br>
The system comes with a handbook which includes tons of lunch ideas. I have also found quite a few online sites where people have great ideas.
 
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