There is a great mystery about what to pack in a child's lunchbox. I think many moms are afraid that the lunch monitors, teachers and other parents are judging their parenting skills by what is inside. Having worked in my child's classroom and volunteered at lunch, let me assure you, we are looking but not to judge. We are looking to make sure that a child has enough to eat. So many times children come to school with not enough food. A child hungry results in a child having a bad day because no one want to work hungry.
Keep your child well-fed and fueled for the day with this list of what to include in your child's lunchbox.
1. Bottle of Water- it is true that most children like juice but this gives them a sugar rush and will leave them hanging when the effect wears off. Water is important to keep them hydrated.
2. Protein Snack- Cheese is a great option for this but if your child is the adventurous type then a hard boiled egg is another great option.
3. Fruit and/or Vegetable- This is where you can implement new foods that your child has grown to love. Carrot sticks and hummus, celery, edamame, tangerines, apple slices, grapes, and melon are just a few kid friendly option. Dehydrated fruit is also easy to pack if your child finds it tasty.
4. Main Dish- This is the time to get creative and have fun, but on those really busy days it is ok to throw in a Lunchable every now and then. Some of my favorite items to pack that my daughter loved were leftovers packed into a soup thermos, Silly sandwiches cut into shapes, pizza, lunchmeat and cheese roll-ups, and cereal (just give them $ to buy milk at school).
5. Fun Snack- No child wants to be the one without a fun and non-healthy snack but you can choose healthy options and they won't know. Favorite choices are Goldfish, baked potato chips, pretzels, all natural fruit snacks, and yogurt tubes.
As you are packing your child's lunch don't forget to include a napkin, silverware, freezer pack and a little note. Nothing brightens there day than a little reminder of how special they are at lunch.
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Thank you to Gwendolyn for contributing to All In An Iowa Mom's Day! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?