Earlier this summer I posted the picture below on Instagram and lots of y'all commented that you were interested in lunch ideas. Over the last month of so I've been snapping pictures of the kids lunches and today I thought I'd share!
While we do have the occasional sandwich, chips and an apple lunch - my kids typically pick the "stuff" off of the bread and eat just that so I try not to do many sandwiches and instead go for "little bits of lots of things" as they call it :) Here you go - lots of easy ideas!
Cheese - Salami - Yogurt - Fruit - Peanut Butter on Triscuits - Smart Pop
Fruit snacks - blueberries, strawberries, grapes - sliced cooked carrots - yogurt - ham - cheez its - mini pizza
Vanilla yogurt - apple slices - mandarin oranges - monster cookie - hummus - apple cinnamon rice cakes - carrots - pretzel thins - turkey slice - cheddar cheese
String Cheese - Pretzels - Salami - Peanut Butter Spoon ;) - Mandarin Oranges with blueberries - Leftover pancake with strawberry jelly
Ham - Mac and Cheese - Yogurt - Goldfish (pink princess variety - hahaha) - strawberries with bananas - meatball - muenster cheese
Cheerios and milk - peanut butter and banana on a graham cracker - apple slices - yogurt - ham - string cheese - pulled pork on a triscuit
Chocolate chip protein bar - turkey dog - chips and guacamole - pears - yogurt with strawberries
Grilled cheese - peanut butter spoon with chocolate chips - kiwi, mandarin oranges and blueberries - hummus and veggie sticks - turkey - sliced cooked carrots
Fruit squeeze - Peanut butter and jelly on a whole wheat tortilla - Annie's bunny crackers - carrots - hummus - pretzel thins - turkey dog - Colby jack
Tomato Juice (Luke LOOOOVES tomato juice!) - yogurt with chocolate chips - celery with peanut butter, pimento cheese, hummus - hard boiled egg - muenster cheese - almonds - pears and mandarin oranges - apple cinnamon rice cakes
Chocolate chip protein bar - almonds - apple slices - pretzel thins - carrots - hummus - turkey on whole wheat tortilla - cheddar cheese - fruit leather
There you have it! I use what I have on hand and try to introduce new things while sticking to some of their favorites. They're much more willing to try a new food if there's only a couple of bites on their plate and the new things seem less daunting when they're surrounded by foods they love. I know we're lacking in the veggies department, but we're working on that :)
My kids love having "little bits of lots of things" and I feel like they eat much better. This is a great way to use up leftovers as well as "single" items (i.e. the last tortilla that they all want gets split up three ways as one of their "little bits"). The kids get especially excited when something unexpected finds it's way to their plate (like the cup of cereal) even if it's a food they have all the time.
These lunches are the kind of thing I make when we're home during the summer and on the weekends (and sometimes on school nights if I don't have anything else planned) - I'll do a post on school lunches when we have a few weeks behind us.
I hope you got a few ideas for lunches and would love any tips if you've got them!
See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites :)