Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend! The kids spent too much time indoors this weekend because the weather was crappy, but otherwise we had a good one that included a date night with some friends on Saturday to celebrate my birthday.
Today, I’m talking school lunches. Because my little guy has an egg allergy (and because I want to control what he’s eating), I always pack his lunch. When I was a kid, my mom always packed me the same lunch: ham sandwich, chips, apple, and cookies. I never had PB&J. Like ever. I honestly don’t think I ever had a PB&J sandwich until I was an adult. Sometimes if I was lucky, my mom sent me a hot dog in a thermos. I LOVED those days! Packing lunches is not my favorite chore so I try to find ways to change it up to keep it interesting for my little guy. Having said that though, I also try to find ways to keep it super simple. I pack his lunch in the morning when I’m making my coffee and making breakfast, which works much better for me than trying to pack it the night before.
His lunches are all egg free due to his egg allergy, but they do contain gluten and dairy. I think you could do some easy swaps though to turn them gfcf if you needed to for your own kids.
My little guy uses a classic lunch bag from Pottery Barn Kids, similar to this. He also uses these stainless steel containers, which I really like (although unfortunately the smallest one somehow
got thrown away is lost). These containers fit really well in his lunch bag with a cold pack. I also really like these containers but I just can’t bring myself to spend the money on them for a six year old. #becauseitmayalsoendupinthetrash
When I pack a hot lunch, we use this container, which works really well. I don’t put soup in it though because I think it would probably leak. If I’m sending a hot lunch, I boil some water and fill up the container with the boiled water to heat the container. I microwave the meal until it’s really hot and then pour out the water and add the food. It seems to work well for him. I typically try to send other stuff that doesn’t require a cold pack, although sometimes I do put a cold pack in the lunch bag and the hot food seems to stay hot enough.
ham and cheese sandwich/apple slices/yogurt
leftover pasta/apple slices/yogurt tube
turkey and cheese roll-ups with tomatoes and carrots/apple sauce pouch/pretzel chips with hummus
salami, cheese, black olives, carrots and tomatoes/pretzel chips/apple slices
These are just a few ideas. He seems to like it when I pack a little of this and a little of that and I like it because it makes packing the lunch easier!
I also typically send in some kind of treat on Fridays (like the cookies shown) or a healthier treat like my homemade “larabars” , banana oat cookies (I add cinnamon, raisins and chocolate chips) or pumpkin spice cookies (I omit the pumpkin pie spice and the pecans). These also make great after school snacks!
Hopefully, this gives you a few new ideas. What are your favorite things to pack?
See you on Wednesday!!