Do you remember the Staples commercial? The one where the father skips through Staples singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” grabbing school supplies, while his kids pout. I am that dad.
Yes, I love my kids. Yes, I am happy they had a bunch of unstructured time this summer. And YES, it’s time to pass the baton back to their teachers and get my kids back to making their own lunches.
5 Kid-Friendly Lunches They Can Make Themselves
The key to making this successful is ensuring your kids know exactly what you expect — how much protein, carb, fruit and veg they need. They also need to be clear on what’s not allowed.
- Sushi rolls or sushi sandwiches. All you need is sushi rice, a carrot, a cucumber, avocado and some seaweed paper. Get a little fancy with crab. Make it into a roll or make it into a sandwich.
- Fresh Spring rolls. No cooking required! You just need warm tap water to soften the rice noodles and rice paper. Easily made the night before, and a great alternative to sandwiches while the weather is still warm(ish).
- Energy Bites. They don’t have to turn on the oven! These are easy, healthy snacks that have endless combinations. Low in sugar and a good source of protein.
- Appetizers. Kids can cut cucumbers and top with cream cheese and raspberries. Make cute little sandwiches with a cookie cutter, fill celery with their favourite dips or create a little cheese plate. If they want to spend 30 minutes cutting and prepping their lunch, let them!
- Get them a good thermos that doesn’t leak and can keep food both warm and cold. Smoothies are great for lunch. They can also pack leftover soups and stews or baked beans. A leak-proof ice pack is great while the whether is still warm too.
Hope your summer was great and your transition into fall is seamless!