What's in her lunch box?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
What's in her lunch box?
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:06pm

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Fresh Ideas for Packed School Lunches~
http://www.ivillage.com/fresh-ideas-packed-school-lunches/3-b-52176

Let's keep it going! What else do you pack for your little ones?

Mine get sunbutter and homemade jelly sandwiches since peanut butter is not allowed. I also like to give them homemade jelly since I don't use much sugar in it.

My kids also like things they can dip - veggie sticks and ranch dressing, a cheese stick with marinara sauce, etc.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:28pm
My kiddo is a very picky eater and although I'm not a fan due to possible choking hazards, grapes are a big hit. And jazz apples since they are nice and crisp with a good flavor (and for us, hard to bruise).

And I always give him a bottle of water along with one Capri Sun.


demecafe

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:29pm
We like to make homemade lunchables. I have a bunch small, reusable containers that fit into one larger container. You can fit snack size portions in each container. Like, sliced cucumbers, grapes, cheese cubes, Goldfish, ham/turkey rolls, etc. We did tortilla chips and salsa in those containers once, and Ian loved it.
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Registered: 03-24-2011
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:40pm
Leftovers are my best friend when it comes to packing lunchboxes! My son loves leftover spaghetti and meatballs, homemade chili, enchiladas, you name it. I pack the leftovers in a thermos and they have a satisfying and warm lunch waiting for him at school.

I also like to pack cheese cubes, apples with peanut butter for dipping, carrots and celery with ranch, raisins, and lots of chopped fruit. I like to prepare most of these things in bulk and I store them in individual containers. It makes packing the lunchbox a breeze each morning!
June, loving mommy to Nicholas (8)
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Registered: 07-24-2011
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:40pm

We go with either a nutella & jelly sandwich or organic ham/turkey on whole wheat bread with no high fructose corn syrup, then add in a bag of Club or Saltine crackers or carrots (with a baggy of ranch to dip in) and a baggy of homemade cookies or muffins. We're not too worried about sugar itself, as it's all in moderation, but we are careful about dyes and preservatives so almost everything he eats is homemade, though I know he gets the occasional snack from someone else at school, usually some dye-ridden or HFCS-laden snack but if I can make it only once in a while, we'll call it good.

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Registered: 11-11-2010
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:47pm

My kids' favorites were bread sticks (seriously versatile as they can dip) with little containers of either guacamole, cheese sauce, meat/tomato based sauce

In ziplock bags I'd put various combinations of: baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, basically any bite sized veggies.

They also loved muffins, individual sized yogurts, puddings and any fruit either cut up in a ziplock or whole.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:50pm
Oh I forgot about muffins! My kids love those too. I make them in huge batches and freeze them. By the time they get to lunch it's defrosted. They're a good way to hide zucchini, carrots or other healthy ingredients.
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Registered: 07-22-2011
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 4:19pm
My youngest loves strawberries, so some sliced ones in a little container are always a hit. I've also done plain, untoasted bagels or cinnamon bread and will pair it with yogurt. Mini-muffins are always a hit, I never thought about freezing them since they usually get eaten pretty quickly. I'll have to make them in the morning when they aren't home ;)

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 4:45pm

We have a wide mouth thermos, so when we have leftovers he really likes, like spaghetti, chili, soup or gumbo, he's easy to please. Another favorite is ham on whole wheat bread and a ziplock bag of baby carrots or cherry tomatos.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 7:14pm
If you are short on time to make homemade jelly you should try the smuckers simply fruit. We love them, no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners either.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 7:20pm
I've got a plain jane muffin recipe in Nathaniel's Kids Southern Living Cookbook. There are so many things you can add to that plain jane muffin to jazz it up. One of the recipes adds garlic salt, cheddar cheese, and mini turkey pepperonis to it for a savory muffin to add to a lunchbox.

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