You may not wish your child to eat lunch at the school for several reasons. You want him/her to avoid unhealthy food and also want to know what he/she eats every day. Therefore, you decide that your kid will carry a lunch box to school every day. This seems very exciting at the beginning, as you can plan and monitor what your kid eats. Some days later you find your child complaining about the lunch being monotonous. Here are a few lunch box ideas to make your child look forward to his lunch.
Although this is one of the most common lunch box ideas, you can use different recipes or fillings every day. You can switch from white bread to brown to whole grain bread. Sometimes, you can even make a sandwich with tortilla wraps, pita bread, ciabatta bread, and so on. Kids will also love it, if you cut the sandwich in attractive shapes like a triangle, star or a round. You can even pack bread sticks with cheese dip or a sausage cheese dip. Take your child's choices into consideration and make sandwich filling accordingly. You can go for a PBJ, cheese and jelly sandwich, turkey salad sandwich, ham and cheese sandwich, tomato basil and cheese sandwich, Nutella sandwich, etc.
Although a difficult task, you can pack salads with different combinations for kids to eat. Healthy salads are essential for kid's health. Do not have the misconception that you should not include warm foodstuffs into lunch boxes. You can pack soups and pasta in thermos for the kids to enjoy warm food. Try making a vegetable pasta or pasta salad so as to make your kids eat vegetables. Soups are a good option for kids' lunch box, as they can be prepared on the earlier day, and can be just heated and packed on the next day.
Packing an apple every day in your child's lunch box is a good option, but, it can soon turn boring. Instead, try to include a different fruit every day, or make a fruit salad or a fruit smoothie/juice. Apart from fruits, you can even include grape tomatoes, dried fruits or baby carrots. You can cut it into pieces rather than packing the whole fruit.
Once a week, try to include the child's favorite food in his lunch box. You can include a slice of cake, some home-made cookies, a slice of pizza, muffins or potato wedges along with the sandwich. Nachos with guacamole dip is also a good option.
Try to sneak in vegetables to pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, so that kids won't notice it and eat happily. You should try to make the lunch box as attractive and colorful, as possible. Do not repeat the same dish twice in the same week. You can also include kids in shopping and planning for weekly lunch.
You can try planning and making lunch box a fun-filled activity. If you involve kids in it, they will look forward to having lunch without complaints and you will no longer have any reason to worry.