Lunch Box Treats

Children’s lunches don’t have to be boring. You can always liven them up with something a little bit different. A new school year is the perfect time to try some all-new lunch box treats!

Get your kids involved in the planning and packing process. At the grocery store, they can help in the food selection. At home, try brainstorming a list of lunches that you both agree on. A fun way to do this is to make a chart for each child listing their favorite ingredients. From this list they can select the components of their sandwiches. This works best when your pantry, refrigerator and freezer are well stocked with a wide variety of foods from which to choose.

You can let the kids create their own sandwiches, by mixing and matching the ingredients on the list. Some days they may prefer to make their favorite old standby; other days they might feel like experimenting with unusual combinations.

Even the most devoted PB&J fans enjoy a little variety now and then. Try combining one of the following ingredients with the peanut butter: sliced bananas, sliced apples, raisins, grated carrots, brown sugar, honey, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or marshmallow cream.

Sandwiches aren’t always required, either. Depending on your child’s appetite, their lunch may be as simple as a leftover dinner roll with a piece of cheese and an apple; or string cheese and ham sticks along with a honey mustard sauce for dipping.

Here is a printable list of lunch box ingredients with lots of ideas:

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