It has always been a challenge for me to include vegetables in a sack lunch. Of course there is the old standby of cut up carrots with a side of ranch, but I’m sure this gets old quick, and it’s the first thing to be tossed in the garbage. I think a key here to getting the carrots eaten is to not over pack. If there is too much food, they won’t need to eat the healthiest thing in their lunch.
I have two in elementary school and one at home. But today I packed a lunch for all three of them so I wouldn’t have to pull out the supplies a second time today. I first cut the carrots into VERY thin strips, making it easy to eat with or without a dip. I squirted a tablespoon of ranch into a small disposable container with a lid. My daughter will bring this back because she uses a lunch box. My son may, or may not return it, I’m taking my chances. They each got a mini bagel with a small round slice of cheese I cut out with a round cookie cutter, and a small round slice of lean ham. They got a handful of pistachio’s, which happen to be a table favorite. My kids have told me other kids want their pistachio’s and are willing to trade desserts for them!! Wow, who knew? I cut up a pear so it’s easy to eat. And of course I topped it off with a chocolate Hershey kiss. Every child needs a small bite of chocolate, and you can’t be the only kid in school without a treat in your lunch bag. I also give them a quarter to buy a carton of milk. So we have all the food groups represented here with both a fruit, a vegetable. We’ve got our grains, protein, and some healthy fat from the nuts, some dairy, and a small treat. It’s so important this meal is balanced. This will help them to think better in class and have the sustained energy only whole foods can offer.
I already know the reaction when they come home. They will have eaten everything because this is a common lunch I send. Then my daughter will say, “you know that chocolate you put in my lunch?, where do you keep them, and can I have another?”