Build Your Own Lunch

I am sure you have heard of “Luncheables” by now, but in case you haven’t, let me fill you in. This small plastic tray in bright packaging contains various cheese, crackers, meats, depending on the choice, for your child to stack at school and eat. The problem with these fun food kits, is that they get expensive and they aren’t necessarily the healthiest option for your kid. Too much salt, fat and sugar can cause your little one to go nuts at lunch , then crash, rather nosedive into a low that ruins the rest of the day. These alternatives are so good, I pack them for myself to go to work!

First you are going to want to get your hands on a few plastic containers with compartments for different things. You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding these at your local grocery store, dollar store or Walmart. If you can’t find them, use muffin wrappers as dividers for your ingredients!

Here are a few ideas for your home made lunch kit: (note that all ingredients should remain separate until eating time, hence the compartments in your plastic containers)

Pizza:1 whole-wheat thin bun (both halves), or bread cut into a circle, a couple of tbsp or pizza sauce, four slices of pepperoni and some grated mozzarella cheese. Sliced apples and strawberries for dessert with some pretzels & veggies to snack on.

Ham & Cheese: 6 of your favourite crackers, 6 slices of cheese cut to the shape of the crackers (I use swiss), 6 slices of ham. Pickles, veggies and mixed nuts to snack on with grapes for dessert.

Tacos: Hand full of multi grain tortilla chips, cooked taco meat, pico de gallo salsa, shredded tex-mex blend cheese, shredded lettuce and sour cream. Make ahead fruit cup for dessert and fresh cut veggies to snack on.

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