We are heading into the 5th week of school, and we have been fairly successful replacing the lunchables in The Boy’s lunch. We have tried various types of bread products for the pizza “crust” — whole grain English muffins (healthy by not so tasty), regular plain bagel halves (tasty but not so healthy), and finally whole wheat deli thins (healthy and tasty). The only downside so far, is that he has pizza pretty much every day. I have tried to throw in some turkey, cheese, and crackers, and even went so far as to cut the turkey into pacman shapes with cookie cutters. This usually ends up being a 2-day lunch — he doesn’t eat it all (or any of it), so I send it in the next day for a re-do. We tried various types of crackers for this lunch, as well, finally settling on whole wheat Ritz, which The Boy will even eat plain.
I was worried about his not eating all (or any) of his lunch when we started this, because there were days when his lunchbag would come home looking untouched. Lo and behold, at Back to School night, his teacher explained that this happens because he is too busy talking and socializing with his buddies… What??… Fantastic!!
Next, I will try to get some different toppings in that pizza lunch (ham?), and I’m going to attempt nacho chips and cheese sauce (homemade), with some crumbled bacon for some extra protein. We’ll try that in the test-kitchen (at home) first.
What goes into your little ones’ lunches?