A great way to provide some ideas of what to pack, and also have some variety is to sit down and take a few minutes to brainstorm ideas with your kids.
Together (and this is the key part) write down favourite meals (and leftovers) that might be good options for school lunches. As you start packing the lunches, have your kids report back:
1. What’s working as well as what is not working? Get their feedback and involve them.
2. What could make it easier to eat? Often lunches aren’t eaten due to lack of time.
3. What’s something new they want to try? Aiming for something new once every 1-2 weeks helps grow the list.
The goal is that over the school year the school lunch list will grow bigger and bigger, and you’ll have more and more options at your finger tips. This also helps avoid the boredom that sets in when the same lunch is sent day in and day out. Remember this list is fluid- listen to your kids’ feedback: add, remove and adjust according to what they are saying. This is another way to involve your kids and make school lunches a little less dreaded than they often are (or become), by both kids and parents.
Need more help with packing school lunches? Contact Jill, Nurture the Future’s Registered Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org