With the kids heading back to school next week…Yay! I look forward to NOT hearing, “Moooom, I’m bored!” What I DON’T look forward to, is packing lunches. Healthy, Creative, NUT-Free lunches!
In a quest to make my life a little easier, I did some research on the subject of packed lunches and talked it over with my “Mommy Friends” and my co-workers….this is what I came up with….
Make their food smaller: kids love anything bite-sized. Instead of a sandwich try a roll-up!
Hard Boiled Eggs: you can make the eggs in advance!
Soups: It’s Healthy and again, you can make it in advance. Throw it in a thermos to keep it warm. (My daughter’s school has microwaves to heat food up, so you can send the soup cold if that’s an option at your school)!
Give ‘em leftovers from the night before: need I say more?
Cream Cheese and Jelly: most schools are peanut-free zones now….replace the peanut butter with cream cheese!
Think “outside” the Bread!: Chicken Fingers, Burritos, Kabobs and Quesadillas!
And, from my co-workers:
**My mom made the BEST nut-free lunches that were simple and easy!
Here's one of her favorite recipes:
One 20 dollar bill
Exchange 20 dollar bill for plate of chicken fingers and fries to the nice cafeteria workers.
Use leftover change in the vending machine to purchase a bottle of nut-free orange juice.
Sit and enjoy!
Morning Show Producer
The Freeway and Meg Morning Show
**Left over cold pizza
**Applesauce was (and still is) a hot commodity in my lunch bag J
**My mom used to pack me tinned spam sandwiches with no toppings except margarine. I used to trade with a kid whose mom used to pack prime rib sandwiches...I'm still in therapy.
Gavin Mortimer General Sales Manager
**slice of bread, cheese wiz, slice of bread.
no kid wants that.. therefore, no trading!
**I remember i used to always get wagon wheels with my lunch, which was awesome. i'd never trade with the other kids cause they never had anything better than wagon wheels.
Besides that, just the basics really, a good ham sandwich and maybe some leftovers from last nights dinner are what i usually had in my lunches.
Rob Kealy Production & Imaging Director
**No sales input...everyone in our dept is nuts! Conan/Energy Sales
**Guacamole or hummus with pita (be sneaky and blend veggies in with the hummus)
bake homemade chicken fingers and real potatoes fries with salsa instead of ketchup (unless homemade ketchup)
Jenn Hruby Business Administrator
Happy, Healthy Lunch Packing! Now we can look forward to mastering “Litterless Lunches”…….that’s a whole other blog! Enjoy your long weekend.
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