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Back to school: Packing fun lunches

Posted July 27, 2013

— Parents would love to believe that their children relish every lunch they pack for them, but the reality is many items you send in their lunch boxes will be traded or thrown away. How do you prevent your kids from tossing aside your loving creations?

Here are some ways to make lunches more enjoyable for you to pack and more fun for kids to eat:

Sandwich shape-up

Even your child's favorite sandwich can get boring after she has had it for a few days in a row. Break out the cookie cutters and cut the sandwich into shapes, such as animals, hearts or numbers.

Been there? Bun that

You can add some fun into your child's lunch by changing something as simple as the bread. The next time you make a sandwich, try substituting a bagel, hot dog or hamburger bun, an English muffin, or even a tortilla instead of sliced bread.

Kebab-ing it

A terrific way to ensure your child eats more fruits and vegetables is to present them skewered or paired with a dip. Bite-sized pieces of fruit can be partnered with a yogurt dip or peanut butter. Vegetable spears go great with ranch dressing or hummus.

Leftovers for lunch

If your child loved dinner last night, let him enjoy it again. Invest in a small thermos and some reusable food trays with lids. Then mix up the lunchtime routine using kid-sized portions of last night’s dinner for a meal he is sure to enjoy.

Be nutritious, sweetly

Even if you’re trying to keep things healthful, never forget dessert! Just be sure you offer something with nutritional value. For instance, pudding cups can be both fun and wholesome. With more than 20 flavors, as much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk, and between 60-120 calories per serving, Snack Pack pudding cups are something both parents and kids can agree on for school lunches.

Sneak in some fun

Take a couple of minutes to write a quick note or add a little prize, such as stickers or a small, school-safe toy. Even a knock-knock joke, a game or maze or a hint about an upcoming surprise could brighten your child’s day and make unpacking the lunch bag more fun.

More tips on packing fun into school lunches can be found at www.SnackPack.com. With some creative twists on standard lunches, you can make your children’s lunch box the envy of the cafeteria.

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  • Loca Vore Jul 29, 4:04 p.m.

    I hope ConAgra paid WRAL advertising rates for this promotion very thinly disguised as news.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 29, 2:27 p.m.

    "Not sure what you mean but who cares who monitors it, we should just worry about what is best for our children in my opinion."

    They are not OUR children. I have no children. None of the children in school are my children. I expect their parents to worry about ensuring they have good food to eat.

  • gopack10 Jul 29, 2:12 p.m.

    Not sure what you mean but who cares who monitors it, we should just worry about what is best for our children in my opinion.