Aloha Friday - Lunches


Aloha Fridays are brought to you by Kailani from An Island Life. Over there in Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. So, for Aloha Friday, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Answer my question and put one of your own up on your blog. Link up and check out other blogs that participate at An Island Life.


What kinds of things do you pack in your kids lunches to keep it interesting? If you don't have any kids that are of school age, what would you pack in their lunch?


Now that Oscar is starting First Grade next week I will be forced to pack him a lunch for school everyday. I want to try to keep it interesting besides just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit snacks and water. I am not really sure what else will keep besides a sandwich, so I am a little stumped. So, that is why my question to you is, what kinds of things do you pack in your kids lunches to keep it interesting?

Comments

sues2u2 said…
We have lots of cooler packs that you can buy 3 for a dollar in the Target dollar spot. They work great!

I send grapes, apple slices, apple sauce, carrot sticks, raisins, sm amounts of chips (like only a couple!), chocolate mile long shelf milk that is super cold & even occasionally, a salad. That being said, my daughter is super picky & has just discovered that small amounts of spinach on her ham & swiss tastes pretty good. I'm really trying to help her make healthier choices!
ritz crackers, cheese cubes, apple slices, fruit cup, yogurt, summer sausage
Nina said…
My son loves the lunchables but that is getting old after three weeks of school. I also pack him a container of fresh fruit. Typically what ever we have at the time.

I will be back to read all your answers because I could use some tips on this.
Jessie Kaitlin said…
My daughter isn't school age. But I do pack my husbands lunch!

He gets a sandwich, rice cake, pretzels, and a cookie. lol

I think I'll be checking back later to get some ideas as well :)
Ave said…
I would pack some fruits.
Drahdrah said…
When she's old enough, definitely cheese, cut up fresh fruit (which she loves), yogourt, etc...
Design it Chic said…
i don't have kids yet but i would pack sandwiches, cereal bars, fruits and a bottle of still water.

Aloha Friday!

* stopping by from An Island Life
Swoozie said…
Mine are 3 and 1 1/2 so no lunches yet! But I can see what alot of work and thought needs to be put into them to keep 'em interesting!! Yikes! I'll be checking in to see what others have done......

Have a great Friday!
Jennifer said…
Mine are in High School and do not pack their lunches.
Stacie said…
Mine stay for hot lunch.
Kimberly Kihega said…
I let my son choose, so it's always either PB & J, turkey sandwiches, or Lunchables!
TheAngelForever said…
My son is also going into first grade. He was in full day kindergarten last year so we did the lunch thing already. He helps us to pick out fruit leathers, fruit, granola bars and other things that he likes. A special treat is yogurt and cold pizza is a hit.
AudreyO said…
Sandwiches, cold pizza, cheese and crackers, fruits, fruit roll ups, hard boiled eggs, different types of chips. Some of it would depend on what's in the house and some would depend on what they felt like.
Leane said…
Please, please, please DO NOT send Lunchables with your child.
They are horribly processed and loaded with preservatives and sodium!

I read a great post about lunch ideas from Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife. She is learning alot about foods and what they mean to your bodily function, and sharing with readers/bloggers. I love her for it, personally.

Take a couple moments, there are great lunch ideas on her site, here:
http://www.musingsofahousewife.com/2009/08/school-lunches.html

Please take the time to learn about what you feed your children....not just you PPM, but all your great readers here too. It is so important! You can make a couple small changes in eating habits that will affect your child's life (and their own eating habits) forever.

For great breakfast ideas try her post here:
http://www.musingsofahousewife.com/2009/09/healthy-breakfast-ideas.html

I don't know Jo-Lynne personally, but I love the commitment she has made to her family for their health and well-being.
She has GREAT RECIPES available on her posts, too.
PPM, I need to try to make more things for my own family that are healthy (and hopefully convenient). Share with me if you try a recipe and let me know how it goes. Good luck! I look forward to hearing about your experiences with food and school.....
SMILES
*L*
Becca said…
A very smart woman once said to pack 7 things, mostly different. A main sandwich or something, a drink, a dessert, a fruit, a veggie, and 2 kinds of chips. Or something along those lines :)
Jennifer said…
I will definitely be packing fruit, water, then some sort of sandwich. LOL, or left over dinner. ;-) Boy, he sure will be popular...
I usually send fruit, water, sandwich, choc kiss, and a note.
kailani said…
My kids are discouraged from bring home lunches to school. However, when they go on field trips I usually pack a sandwich, chips, fruit and a drink.
I'd love to share my lunch-packing tips with you. Mine are all healthy with some compromise options, but the list is long and DEFinitely not boring! http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/08/18/packing-a-lunch-healthy-food-to-go/