By Anjum Choudhry Nayyar
While I actually use my daughter’s school lunch program at her school for most school days, the days I do make her lunch, I need to get creative. Everyday I do have pack snacks however to add to her lunch meal. More and more I notice that when things look different, I can usually get away with giving the ‘same old’. So in the end, it’s really more than lunch, it’s an art! I have a few tools in my lunch tool box that have worked for me in the past:
1. Change up the Bread
Pick a different bread for each day, a bagel, pita pockets, tortillas, egg bread, English muffins and panini bread are all great ways to change it up.
2. Create a special snack: mix up some cheerios, raisins, or some dried fruit or even mini crackers. A new mix once a week can do wonders!
4. Try different spreads or sandwich fillings, such as cream cheese, or grated carrots and avocado to sneak in the veggie component.
5. Shapes: My daughter loves seeing the different shapes her food can become. You can remove bread crusts and cut your bread into different shapes, using cookie cutters like hearts, choo-choo-trains or pumpkins when it’s Halloween. Sandwich meat can also be transformed using similar cut outs.
Dempster’s has created a great resource for moms stuck on ways to ‘innovate’ when making lunches, called Lunch Box Inspirations. It’s a great site full of ideas, recipes and inspiration for taking the ‘blah’ out your kids’ lunch while keeping them healthy. I don’t know about you masalamommas but I could always use a bit of online help in the lunch-producing department! Here’s the link :
Disclosure – I am participating in the Dempster’s Lunch Box Inspirations program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Dempster’s Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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