Nothing is more frustrating than opening up your toddler’s bento box, lunch bag or lunch box to find the meal you rushed to prepare that morning untouched. Don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s them! These three quick lunch ideas are sure to get your kids to actually eat what you prepare rather than dumping your hard work into the garbage each night.
These are a hit for younger kids, especially preschoolers!
You may not have the time to bake cookies, but that’s no reason not to invest in a few great cookie cutters that your children love. From the alphabet, to stars, to butterflies or even snowmen for the winter season, your kids’ favorite sandwiches can transform into something fun to enjoy while at school. Making your sandwich creations whimsical can help to encourage your toddler to eat whole-wheat, multigrain or even a childhood favourite like Wonder® White Bread. Try filling the sandwiches with a range of options from cheese to hummus or even butter and jam.
Another fun and easy-to-handle option for your little one’s lunch box are mini slider bunwiches! You may not want to send along an actual burger patty since hot food usually goes cold and tasteless by the time lunchtime rolls around, but there are tons of other options when it comes to filling your sliders. Choose your child’s favourite or, if cheese is their go-to, at least you can change it up day to day with variations on your bread choices. Slider buns are also the perfect size for lunch.
Not only is this a super easy meal to make for your little one, but it is sure to create some serious lunch table talk at school!
· 2 Slices Wonder® White Thin Sandwich Bread
· 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
· 2 slices of cheese (choose your child’s favourite)
· Cut the edges off your bread
· Flatten bread with a rolling pin
· Lightly spread cream cheese on both slices
· Top with one slice of cheese each
· Tightly roll each slice of bread and cut into ¾ slices depending on how large or small you would like your sushi!
With the increase in sensitivities to allergies some schools may have a list of restrictions on what they will allow you to pack for lunch or snacks. This may mean that you can’t send along the classic lunch like PB&J but save those for weekend snacks paired with apple slices or your child’s favourite crackers. If you’re looking for more ideas for a well-rounded meal for your kids, check out Canada’s Food Guide for healthy eating tips.