As many of you know, my kids have been making their own lunches since the 1st grade. I learned my lesson with my oldest son that they should be packing their own food as soon as he traded the ENTIRE lunch I made for him for a single piece of candy! (I believe it was a single candy corn!) ha ha.. At that moment I decided to let them decide what they were going to put in their own lunches, as long as it met my standards of course! From that was born our required checklist.
Each lunch, I needed them to have a grain, protein, vegetable, and a fruit. I had a chart similar to this one hanging on our fridge for their reference for many years. They would refer to it for ideas, and then make their lunch. (Print this one here)
My kids are older now. We no longer have the hanging list, but they still pack their own lunches.
Erica (my 13 year old) gets the most creative. My boys pretty much eat the same thing each day, but Erica makes green salads, fruit salads, sandwiches, wraps, and more!
That’s why we love the Mighty Nest supplies! From the first time I saw their products, I knew she would love them- and I was right! We recently went camping and she packed her favorite fruit salad, a veggie sandwich, and apples with peanut butter. Mighty Nest has stainless steel boxes, reusable sandwich bags, air tight containers for the drippy fruit salads she likes, and the most fun and adorable lunch bags we’ve found online!
For years, Erica has been making fruit salad with carrots and yogurt. She is 13 in the photo above, and here she is making the EXACT same fruit salad at 9! The recipe is simple:
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1/2 cup slice strawberries
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
Combine all ingredients and chill until you are ready to eat.
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 tablespoon hummus
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- 1 handful of spinach leaves
Spread hummus on bread. Add sliced cucumbers and spinach.
Sunflower Butter with Apples
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, shelled and roasted
- 2 TBL Olive Oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 dash salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Blend all in a food processor. Slice apples and serve with sunbutter
Lunch Packing Supplies
We are teaming up with Mighty Nest because we want your kids to be part of the process as well! Don’t just pack their lunches for them, let them help! Let your kids:
- Choose the menu (print the checklist above)
- Cut the fruit
- Make their own sandwich!
- Fill their own containers
- Be responsible to bring their lunch supplies home from school
- Prepare their salads
Anything that will get the kids involved in the process of making their own lunch is going to give them kitchen skills they need and ownership over what they choose to bring to school.