Happy back-to-school, #giantfoodies!
I’m not sure how we got here, but these days it seems like packing lunch for your kids is really a competition for Instagram likes. I mean, if you didn’t take a picture of your kid’s lunchbox, did it even happen? Not to encourage this do it for the ‘gram mentality, but if you want to pack a (simple!) lunch your kids will like to eat and look at, I’m here to help. I love a theme, so here are a few themed ideas:
Learning through food!
Help reinforce your child’s learning by curating lunches around what they see in school. For example:
Time to Eat: Check out this balanced bento-style lunch that centers on telling time. It’s also super-simple—you won’t spend a busy morning perfecting sandwich art, but it does the trick! Speaking of time, save yourself some by throwing in a Del Monte® No Added Sugar fruit cup and know that your child is getting a healthy side in a snap.
Lunchtime Spelling Bee: Not a complete meal, but a great investment that sticks with the learning theme! Cookie cutter letters create endless possibilities—I like to use colorful fresh fruit. Learning vowels and consonants? Make vowels red and consonants orange! Add yogurt for dipping to balance out the snack.
Want a fun way to use leftovers? Build-your-own lunches are perfect.
This taco bar in a box looks good enough to eat five days a week, but don’t limit yourself. Waffles, baked potatoes, and yogurt are all blank palettes for DIY lunches.
Lunch on a stick: Kebabs are a simple way to make lunch more exciting.
From rainbow fruit kabobs (see June’s Pride Parade blog for inspo!) to dippable proteins, the possibilities are endless. And making kabobs is so simple and fun that the kids might even want to help!
Sandwich on a stick: One outside-the-box kabob idea is sandwiches on a stick. Use traditional sandwich ingredients and layer foods in fun patterns. Same nutrition, more fun and flavor!
I hope you enjoy (survive?!) the transition back to school and use a few of these ideas to make the first few weeks easier and a little more memorable. I’d love to see your creative lunch ideas! Use #giantfoodies to share these on Instagram! Until next time, eat well!