Sack Lunch Ideas
by Karmel Larson
Every day I make two sack lunches-one for Ben and one for Brig. Writing the notes are my favorite part! Last night my ward had an enrichment night on sack lunch ideas. I thought that I would share the notes from the meeting.
A few things to consider…
- What can they open? (Paper bag, lunchbox, Tupperware?, Thermos?)
- What can they eat? (Choking hazard? Allergies?)
- Are you looking for… health? Convenience? Saving money?
- Smaller can be easier to eat; less intimidating (Can I eat that WHOLE apple?)
- Orange cut up “soccer mom” style
- Ants on a log: celery, peanut butter, raisins
- Carrot curls (after the peel comes off, keep peeling and pile the peels into a baggie-great option for braces)
- Peanut butter in apple core
- Cut out sandwich with cookie cutter (special occasions)
- Try different breads: tortillas (wraps, quesadillas), bagels, pita, English muffins (pizza!), rolls, crackers, grain breads, bread sticks
- Refrigerated sandwich filling: for multiple kids: chicken pieces, cheese, mayo, pickle pieces
- Different fillings: pastrami, sprouts, butter or ranch or mustard or cream cheese in place of mayo, pickles, tuna, egg, peanut butter, pepperoni
- “Grilled” sandwich?
- Different cuts: diagonal, straight, many pieces for little kids
- Pancakes with jam in the middle
- Bagel and cream cheese
- If sending tuna-butter the bread first and the tuna won’t soak into bread
- For crackers, pita, veggies, etc.
- Hummus, ranch, honey, etc.
- Prevent food poisoning! – Certain foods are more vulnerable than others
- Keep hot things hot, cold things cold
- Frozen juice box or bottle of water for cold
- Will they help make their lunches? They might eat it if they feel included.
- Note, joke, picture, sticker
Idea for balance: include drink, fruit/veggie, protein, grain, dessert (optional)
- Pre-bought: mini carrots, string cheese, yogurt, vegetable sushi, jello, applesauce
- Fruit leather
- Hummus and chips
- Dried fruit: raisins, craisins, etc.
- Quick breads made in mini-muffin trays (freeze 4 in mini zip locks-ready to go)
- Pasta salad, leftovers
- Strawberries & chocolate chips
- Rice cakes/crackers, popcorn, pretzels
- Different fruits: bananas, grapes, cherry tomatoes, etc.
- Cut up apples (put into zip baggie and then suck out air using a straw-will prevent browning)
- Boiled egg in shell (can buy mini salt packets at Sam’s club)
- Hot pockets: buy or make your own (use biscuit recipe for crust)
- Bake a variety of desserts, pre-bag and freeze for quick access
- Baby food jars make great, no-leak containers (apples sauce, juices, dips, jellos, salad dressing)