If you have a child who just started school or is going to soon and you are as freaked out as I was for packing their lunchbox (nut-free!), then this post is for you! I don't know why I was so nervous about it. But the school guidelines were saying things like, "leave the crackers, cookies and chips for an at home treat" (What!?) and "We are a nut-free school. Nuts of any kind are not allowed on school grounds" (Wait, no peanut butter?) and my favorite, "Try to include vegetables, fruits, protein and whole grains with every meal" (they know this is a 4 year old right?). So anyway, needless to say I was a little worried about what to pack and if there was anything to pack and if Princess was going to starve her first year of Pre-K. So I did a lot of research.
My first big find was Weelicious. Not only does she have great recipes for family meals, she has tons of ideas for what to pack in your child's lunch. And she provides a photo of her child's packed lunch. How convenient is that?
The next big thing that I found was Laptop Lunches. They sell adorable bento style lunch boxes that all fit snugly inside a regular lunchbox. Its so nice because you can compartmentalize all of the pieces of your child's lunch and keep everything from spilling! Plus, how cute are bento boxes anyway?
The third (and my favorite) discovery in my search for lunchbox serendipity was this book:
Here are some lunch ideas that I have come up with for the Princess so far. (Sorry about the picture quality) To be honest she hasn't eaten most of it (she is SUPER picky)...but I'm hoping if I just keep at it, eventually she will get hungry and just try something!
Hope these tips and ideas have helped to inspire solutions to your own lunchbox worries! Good luck!