Packing a healthy lunch that will withstand the heat, the cold, the travel and a many of other variables is a lot to ask. And my kids are spoiled, which doesn’t help matters. I could do what my parents did – have them make their own lunch! Even better, insist it had to be a sandwich every blessed day! But I suppose I created these three food monsters, and now I have to feed them exciting, healthy and kid-friendly lunches for school every day!
It is a labor of love. Don’t get me wrong, they do buy lunch at school… periodically. But most of the time they cringe at what’s being served. Again, I have spoiled foodies in the making! And as they get older, their taste buds have matured and they embrace new flavors and textures.
Yes, it does happen!
I was excited to be chosen by DailyBuzz Moms and Glad® to not only test out the new Glad® back-to-school sized food storage products, but also to share with you my school lunch ideas and tips for making those school lunches more appetizing.
The smaller containers are perfect for bites of blueberries, trail mix or grape tomatoes. They are terrific for dipping, too, so load up your hummus lover! My favorite is the snack sized container you can fill with pretzels, crackers and veggie chips – no more crushed chips! Score! Plus, I’m no longer using (and throwing away) gobs of re-sealable plastic bags – very green, thank you! I used to only find these smaller-sized containers in the baby section, and they were always colored and “not cool” for my “grown up” elementary school kids. So happy to see these kid-friendly snack-sized containers!
The larger containers are great for your smaller eaters or for the hubby’s man-wich. I like to send leftovers in my kids’ lunches. I have packed meals like beef stroganoff, salisbury steak and quinoa tabouleh in my kids’ lunch boxes. And I discovered something, too. My kids like their meals at room temperature. Perfect!
But don’t let the classic sandwich be forgotten. I’m all about variety and introducing new things to mix it up and keep it interesting.
Tired of toast? Why not try lavash, tortilla, rolls or some foccacia.
Mix up the meats and cheeses, slide in a bit of salami for spice. Introduce swiss, provolone even havarti to your little eater.
Lettuce is boring and bland, why not pack some extra nutrition and top it off with fresh spinach, spring greens or sprouts?
Got a pickle lover like me? Add olives, artichoke hearts or even heart of palm for added zing!
Glad® wants you to share your own Back to School recipes, tips and ideas within the “Mom Made” promotion on their Facebook page. Share before August 31st, and you are eligible for a chance to win a Lunch Kit for your kids’ entire class! Learn more here.
Do you pack lunch for school or work?
I have partnered with The Glad Products Company through DailyBuzz Moms to help promote their Food Storage products. I have been compensated for my time commitment to review this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Thank you GLAD!