Your children will have a ball learning how to make their own lunches, but even more, they’ll love sharing time with you.
Do you like eating the same thing for lunch every day?
Odds are, you don’t. And you know what? Neither do most kids. Sack lunches can get boring, but there’s no reason they need to be. With a little fun and imagination, you can get your children excited about what’s in their lunches, and you can get them fired up about helping you make them.
First up, sit down and talk to your kids about the kinds of foods they might like to eat for lunch. And not just what they already know and like. Give them some new things to think about. Even better, have the conversation in the grocery store where they can see what you’re talking about. Help them understand all the different options they have to choose from. Tired of wheat bread? Let’s try a tortilla. Or a pita. Or a hoagie roll. I know you love American cheese, but how about trying cheddar, pepper jack or mozzarella instead?
From breads and proteins, to cheeses, toppings and condiments, let your children pick out some fun, new lunch choices. Then, go home and, together, set your kitchen up like a deli so THEY can learn how to make the world’s best sandwich. How fun is that?
YOU CAN CREATE A FUN MENU TOO
First, lay out all your main course ingredients in four different columns. In the first column, set aside all your different bread and wrap options. In the second column, have the kids choose what’s going in the sandwich or wrap, like different meats or peanut butter and jelly. The third column is for all the different cheeses they may want to add. Finally, column 4 is for toppings like condiments and vegetables. Let your kids fill out the order the night before by checking one item from each column. That way you can easily prepare their sandwich and not have to make those “morning rush” decisions.
Once their sandwich is made, have them go to the fridge and pick out what else they want to add to their lunch. To make it easy for them, have two containers in the fridge—one for fresh vegetables and the other for fresh, cut-up fruit, like watermelon, pineapple and grapes. You could also put out a chip/cracker basket they could choose from and every so often offer a cookie or brownie as a special treat.
Brookshire’s makes it easy and fun to pack lunches. Keeping a vegetable tray on hand makes choosing a variety of healthy snacks easy. Don’t forget the fruit. The USDA recommends 2 – 4 servings daily. Pineapple is a great source of vitamins and Brookshire’s does all the work for you with fresh cored pineapple in the produce department. Brookshire’s brownies make an excellent sweet snack to pack in your kids lunches. You can find our 8×8 pans in the bakery department.