With back to school around the corner comes the dreaded lunch-making. That means coming up with new lunch box ideas five times a week, for the rest of the school year.
Here are some ideas for creative, healthy, and even no sandwich lunchbox ideas that you can send to school with your child.
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Bento boxes are originally from Japan, and they are a very creative way to serve your child food. There are containers specially made for this purpose, or else you can simply use a variety of boxes in an assortment of sizes that you already have.
Bento box food is generally shaped to look like flowers, animals, or cartoon characters. The sky is the limit as far as creativity. Simply purchase some cookie cutters, check out the plenty of websites dedicated solely to this artistic endeavor, and make your child’s lunch fun each and every day.
Pasta is an easy and quick lunchbox idea.
Make a batch early in the week and then load it up with various vegetables and sauces to make many different options. You can pair spaghetti noodles with green peas and parmesan, or add broccoli and a simple yet delicious tomato sauce to pasta shells.
Sandwiches have been an old lunch standby for as long as most of us can remember, but they are not to be scoffed at. There is almost nothing you cannot add between two pieces of bread that does not automatically become delicious. From peanut butter to BLTs, sandwiches filled the lunch boxes of our own childhood and continue to do so for our children.
Keep them fresh by storing any vegetables or other moist food in a separate container, so your child can put it all together directly before consuming it. Add new tastes to expand your child’s palate and prevent boredom, such as wasabi or sriracha mayo.
Why not turn an old favorite into a new lunch idea for your school-age child?
Veggie burritos are easy to make and easy to store. What’s not to love about that? Simply choose a type each of beans, veggies, cheese, and sauce, and then wrap it up. Your child will never get tired of all the options and combinations available.
Soup is another great lunchbox standby. With all the thermoses and container options out there, it is easy to find something to keep it in, even keeping it warm until being eaten. A broth filled with numerous kinds of vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and onions is healthy and lasts well in a lunchbox. Simply add a piece of bread and a few cheese sticks for a healthy, well-rounded meal.
Salad is a great lunch option, and it does not have to be boring. Load it up with chickpeas, nuts, seeds, and top it off with a healthy dressing for lunch your child will thank you for. There are now salad storage containers sold that have special compartments to fit all the components of the salad – even tiny squeeze bottles for the dressing.
With all the options available, there is no reason for your child to get bored with their school lunches.
Thanks to a variety of storage options, your child’s lunch can safely wait for a lunch break and not even go bad. Fill up your child’s lunchbox with healthy meals to keep your child fuelled all day long.
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