Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative lunches for school aged kids: Week 2

Ok, welcome to another exciting episode of "What my kids ate for lunch." Here is what we packed for lunch last week!

Monday: Chicken/Cheese Quesadillas, carrots (or blueberries), fruit cocktail and a rice krispie treat!


Tuesday: Pepperoni and Cheese Pretzel shish-ka-bobs, (I used a straw to poke a hole in the pepperoni and cheese before threading onto the pretzel.), Pretzel sticks, grapes, cucumbers, rice krispie treat.
Wednesday: Ham and cheese tortilla roll up, carrots, rice krispie treat, and strawberry/blueberry fruit mix.

Thursday: Chef salad, (ranch on side), celery with peanut butter, and rice krispie treat!

Friday: Celery with peanut butter, (veggie and protein) cheese (for more protein), carrots, pretzel sticks, & rice krispie treat!

Do you pack lunch for yourself, or your family? Do you stick to sandwiches, leftovers, or do you try to get more creative?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Creative lunches for school aged kids: Week 1

Last year, I felt as though lunch money was going to literally break me. It seemed like I was giving Rachel $20 every other week. (Disclaimer: I know that school lunches are healthy, and they are worth the money.) And then, when I asked Rachel what she had for lunch she would say things like: "cucumbers.... I didn't like anything else they had." Basically I was paying $40+ a month for her to eat nothing. This hurt my pocketbook's feelings real fast. At the same time, Fish was taking her lunch everyday and I knew:
A) She was getting things she liked
B) I wasn't spending a bazillion dollars on nothing. 

Fish did tend to take a lot of PB&J last year, so this year I am attempting to pack lunches that taste good, are healthy and won't get boring too quickly.  Each week I will post pictures and a description of the week before so hopefully it will help some of you out there!

Day 1: Pretzel sticks, pepperoni, cheese, carrots, grapes, peanut butter cookie.

Day 2: Pretzel sticks, chicken salad, strawberries (or fruit snacks) and grapes with a side of ranch. 

Day 3: Pepperoni and cheese roll up, carrots, fruit snacks, cottage cheese, peanut butter cookie and ranch.

Day 4: Peanut Butter and Jelly rolls (made to look like sushi, got the idea from here:, side salad, cheese, strawberries, peanut butter cookie. 

Last week was a short week because school started on Tuesday. Rae will be eating at school on Fridays, so that's why we only had one that day. :)

Also, the girls and I have decided to start baking one treat on the weekend so we will have a "dessert"
for our lunches. I am having so much fun coming up with these each day, and they are enjoying eating them too! :)