I’m excited to be linking up for Brittany’s Munchkin Meals this month because I have something new to talk about other than the usual food my kids eat–this is the first month of packing a lunch for my preschooler. I think she also just started this packing-a-lunch fun too, so I’m looking forward to reading her post this morning.
Reece attends preschool twice a week and in February we extended his time there to full days instead of half days, meaning a lunch is needed. I was looking forward to packing him healthy lunches everyday and figured I would pick out a bento box and a new lunchbox. However, in the craziness of our home renovation, I didn’t get around to any of that and they haven’t been at all necessary. Thank goodness for the free Trader Joe’s lunchbox we had lying around!
We already have little containers in every size, making it easy to pack up a variety of food and separate the things that need to be heated up.
Packing two lunches a week is good practice for kindergarten next year when I’ll need to do it everyday. Unlike in kindergarten, though, I have the convenience of preschool being able to heat food up, making it easy to pack leftovers.
Even on the days when we haven’t had much to pack for lunch, I’ve found it easy to scrounge together a few things that would satisfy him. For example, half an avocado with chips, the very last of the grapes and chickpeas.
I always include a fruit and veggie, protein and healthy fat. Today is the first time I’m packing him a cookie with his lunch and I hope he enjoys the surprise. It’s a better-for-you banana bread oatmeal cookie, which I’ll get you the recipe for soon!
What are some of your favorite things to pack your kids for lunch at school?