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Omie Blue Sky OmieBox Kids Bento Lunch Box, Plastic

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If your kids love having sandwiches but you want to avoid deli meats and other processed meats, here are some yummy substitutes. Don’t worry that your kids need an abundance of protein at lunch. They just need a well-balanced meal that contains whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that will provide them ample nutrition and energy for their busy days. This cucumber sushi lunch box is a fun way to eat vegetables. You can vary which vegetables your child enjoys and pair the vegetable sushi bites with whole edamame in the shell, turkey roll-ups, and fresh fruit like strawberries. White Bean Avocado Sandwich Plan Ahead: Take a few minutes each week to plan your child’s lunch box menu. You can make things easier by jotting down ideas that come to you on a whim for later reference. Consider the likes and dislikes of your children, and try to incorporate a balance of protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Make a grocery list based on your menu plan to ensure you have all the ingredients on hand.

A favorite of most toddlers, make a peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower butter and strawberry chia jam sandwich cut into triangles. Include a tube of Stonyfield yogurt and small bite-size items such as edamame, cereal, and blueberries. Turkey and cheese sandwich Kids Lunch Boxes (3-7): This age group is all about finger foods and variety. You’ll notice the lunch boxes I prefer for this age group have five mini compartments to encourage kids this young to try different foods, textures, and tastes.

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Pasta in a mug: You can literally make these two pastas while the kids are putting on their shoes. They take a couple of minutes in the microwave, use only one mug, and are perfect for one person. A great leftover and meal prep salad, this Mediterranean pasta salad has all the best flavors, with olives, red onions, and tomatoes. Fill the other lunch box with apple bread or another sweet bread, whole cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber planks, and mixed nuts. Veggie hummus sandwich If your kids don’t mind having something other than a sandwich, you can put leftovers from last night’s dinner (I sometimes make extras for this very reason), which is always practical for busy days, or you can try some of these ideas. Cold options for Lunch Boxes:

Balancing Act: Use lunch box preparation as an opportunity to teach your kids the art of building a balanced meal. By presenting them with multiple sections or compartments in their lunch boxes, encourage them to include a variety of foods. Guide them to understand that each section represents a different food group – be it fruits, veggies, proteins, or grains. Let them know it’s not just about having one favorite food in excess, but enjoying a little bit of everything. This way, they’ll understand that every food group brings its own unique nutritional value to the table, and that variety truly is the spice of life. With this approach, they’ll soon learn to appreciate diverse flavors and enjoy a well-rounded, nutritious meal every lunchtime. Tuna Pasta Salad is a kid-friendly dish for any age, with a creamy dressing and a bunch of delicious veggies.

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Food Art Fun: One of the most creative lunch box ideas is using art to transform lunchtime into a fun eating adventure! Encourage your children to create food art by arranging their fruits and veggies in fun shapes or patterns. They can use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches or create fruit skewers with colorful combinations. Not only will this ignite their imagination, but it will also make their lunch boxes more visually appealing. By now, you’ve gotten a handle on what your child likes and doesn’t like in their bento box. You can still add new foods for them to try to keep them exploring with food. The larger compartments of this bento box let you add a little more for growing tummies. Pinwheels are one of my favorite lunch box ideas for this age range. Pizza Bites

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