Keeping kids lunches interesting can be a challenge for any parent. When we find foods our kids like, we rejoice! And then we pack those same lunches until they get tired of that!
With a few simple changes, you can transform the dull lunchbox into something fun and interesting. Here are few ideas to get you started.
Square sandwiches can get boring. But if you take sandwich ingredients and put them on a skewer voila, you have a fun-to-eat meal that has a lot of variety. Here are some suggestions:
- Bread and cheese cubes, fresh fruit
- Chicken chunks, cheese cubes, and grapes
- Tomato, turkey chunks, and mozzarella cheese
- Ham and Swiss cheese cubes
- Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, bread cubes, and green peppers
- Cubed sandwich pieces (make the sandwich, then cut it into cubes), fruit, and vegetables
As you can see, there are lots of combinations for sandwich kabobs!
2. Bento Box Lunch
This Japanese-inspired method of making food look beautiful is a fun way to serve lunch. Using shallow, food-safe boxes, you can create all kinds of fun and pretty shapes. Here are some bento box ideas:
- Raw apples can be sliced and cut into bunny rabbit shapes (half-moon slice with thin slices for “ears”)
- Strawberry slices can be arranged into fan or flower shapes.
- Kiwi slices can make car or motorcycle wheels.
- Cupcake papers filled with salad, fruit, and vegetables can be arranged into a caterpillar shape.
Your child will look forward to opening his or her lunchbox to see what fun shapes there are today. Bento is a very fun and creative way to make lunchbox meals more exciting! If you looking for ideas, there several books online for Bento design ideas to help get you started.
3. Sandwich Shapes
Cookie cutters or sandwich crust cutters are an easy way to transform a boring sandwich into something fun and interesting. Consider a variety of shapes and sizes so you can layer various shapes to make it more fun and interesting.
4. Keep Lunch Ingredients Separate
Try separating ingredients so your child can build their own sandwich or mix their own salad at school. Include an ice block like the one features here in Rubbermaid’s LunchBlox kit to keep vegetables and fruits fresh and crisp.