It’s around this time every year – several weeks into a new school year routine – when many parents like yourself begin to notice a change. Your kids have stopped eating one or more of the items you’ve been packing in their lunchboxes. These are the lunchbox treats the kids were so excited about at the beginning of the year, and when the supply ran out the kids requested more. You were happy to provide because you’re a great parent. The lunchbox packing routine was really easy, and you loved it!
And then you noticed a change. All of sudden certain items started taking round trip rides back to your house. That once “treasured” snack from the lunchbox isn’t looking so good now…somewhat smashed on one end, a little crumbled in the middle. You may have even repacked it a couple times. After two round trips to school and back, there’s no reviving this snack and in the trash it goes.
It’s that time…time rethink the lunchbox menu. You’ve often thought about different ways to add more fruit. Eating healthy fruit during the school day helps kids to maintain their energy and focus, leading to academic success and better behavior. The challenge for many working parents, who pack their children’s school lunches, is finding ideas that are easy to prepare and pack, using fruit that they know their children will eat. Sure, a shiny red or green apple is a wonderful addition. However you’ve packed a million of those over the last few years. Same goes with the fruit cups. You’re looking for new ideas.
Here are 6 Creative Ways to Add Fruit to Your Child’s Lunchbox. When it’s time to try something new, or something with a slightly different twist from the usual, one of these fruity ideas could be a great solution.
1. Graham Cracker Delights – Sandwich graham cracker squares with chocolate hazelnut spread, and pack. Slice sweet strawberries, and pack. When it’s time to eat, twist the graham crackers apart and lay the sliced strawberries on top!
2. Fruit Salsa & Chips – Combine pineapple tidbits and plump blueberries, drizzle a little honey over top, and pack. Pack cinnamon sugar pita chips (available at most grocery stores). When it’s time to eat, scoop the fruit salsa with the pita chips.
3. Banana Fun Sticks – Sandwich slices of whole grain bread with a layer of peanut butter, a layer of marshmallow cream, and a layer of banana slices. Trim the crust, cut into sticks, and pack. They are ready to enjoy when it’s time to eat.
4. Peachy Yogurt Cup – Spoon vanilla yogurt into a small lunch container. Add diced, juicy peaches, sprinkle with granola, and secure a top. When it’s time to eat, just grab a spoon.
5. Fruit & Cheese Kabob – Alternate sweet red and green grapes and cubed cheese on small plastic kabob sticks, and pack. They are ready to enjoy.
6. Better Butter Apple Slices – Slice your child’s favorite apple and pack. Spoon almond butter into a small lunch container, drizzle it with honey, and secure a top. When it’s time to eat, dip the apple slices in the honey almond butter.
Sometimes all it takes is just a different presentation to make ideas that have been around awhile seem brand new. When it’s time to mix it up and put a new spin on your child’s lunchbox menu, try one or more of these fruity, fun, and tasty lunchbox ideas!