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It’s no secret that lunchbox packing can sometimes be the most tedious chore. Charlie started first grade this year, so I was excited to do it, but having to do it each day on our daily list of to-dos can definitely take up some needed time – especially trying to come up with things he loves to eat!
Our school is not peanut-free, but as a courtesy to other students, I try to keep his lunch as nut-free as I can which means his typical peanut butter sandwiches are out. He’s a snacker, so I thought I would put together some great lunches, semi-Bento style based on the concept of small and plenty. Here are a few of our ideas (I always include either water, a juice box, or Gatorade, but mostly water). You can following along with my ideas on Instagram with the hashtag #charlieinfirst.
Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries
Mini Bagel with cream cheese
Carrots and ranch
Mango Peach Applesauce (or any variety)
Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks (OH MY YUM, I saved a box for myself…You can see it circled below)
Cheese and crackers
Anything dippable (The JIF is a nutella variety)
Variety is the spice of life, so whatever I pack for Charlie, I usually try to serve Jack throughout the day. Having these snack type foods on hand also helps when they are hungry after school, on the weekends, or if we have to feed some friends. Plus, I keep them in containers in my fridge, so on the morning of, I just grab a few items from each container and we are out the door in no time! No stress, less mess!
You may also have noticed that I’m a HUGE fan of note-writing. If he doesn’t get a hot lunch, I definitely make sure to pack some sweet little sayings for him. This month, we’re all about the Halloween Jokes!
What’s a Goblin’s favorite cheese?
What’s a mummy’s favorite music?
What’s a ghost’s favorite pie?
BooBerry Pie with Ice Scream
What would you find on a Haunted Beach?
Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7 8 9.
I keep index cards and markers in a pouch on my kitchen counter, so that makes lunch note writing a breeze! It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do for him.
What are your favorite tips for keeping lunch time sane?