The summer is nearing an end and kids are heading back to school this week! There is a lot to get organized and creating new and exciting lunch ideas for your children is one of them.
The first step in the process is to get some great, functional, containers for packing lunches. An all in one box with separate compartments works best. This way, you can send a variety of different foods with your child. It will also cut down on the dishes each night and eliminate the use of small baggies or plastic wrap. A “bento” style container with an easy open lid is what you should be looking for.
There are plenty of great lunch options available. Here are some of my favourite nut-free, sandwich free options:
Cream Cheese & Cucumber Roll-Ups: These are super easy to make, and easily made into bite sized pieces. Spread cream cheese and thing cucumber slices over a wrap, roll it up, and slice horizontally creating small circles. Add some apples slices, yogurt and pretzel pieces into the lunch box and your all set!
Classic Ham & Cheese Sandwich: Ham, cheese and a bit of lettuce make a great sandwich for kids. You can get creative as well and use any cookie cutter you may have to cut the sandwich into a fun shape! Pair this with strawberry slices, crackers and a healthy granola bar. “Made Good” brand makes a great kids granola bar, as well as granola balls & cookies, which are nut-free.
Crackers & Cheese: Kids love crackers and cheese! I would also add some meat slices. Pepperoni is great for children to make their own mini sandwiches. Grapes always go nicely with crackers and cheese. To finish it up, add in an apple sauce or yogurt.
Savoury Muffins: A great savoury muffin option is “Pizza Muffins” (recipe found here: https://www.myfussyeater.com/pizza-lunchbox-muffins/). These are perfect for lunches and great to prep ahead of time. You can throw them in the freezer and take out as needed. Pack 2 of these, along with some veggie slices, berries and a few gluten-free animal cookies. Tip: there are plenty more savoury muffin recipes available on Pinterest! They’re great for adult meal prep as well.
Naan Triangles & Hummus: This lunch can be a great dairy free option! Cut up some naan bread into triangles, making it easy to dip, and add a small container of hummus (or guacamole). Carrot & pepper slices are perfect to add because they are great with hummus as well. To stay totally dairy & peanut free, combine this with your child’s favourite “Made Good” granola bar or apple sauce.
The start of school is always a bit hectic; back to school shopping, organizing your pick-up and drop-off schedule, signing up for extra-curricular activities.. AHHH!!! This list will hopefully help to get you started this school year. With a little pre-planning, some organization and a good list of ideas, prepping things on Sunday night is a great way to make the rest of the week a little less stressful.