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3 School Lunches a Child Can Make Themselves
Encouraging children to eat healthy lunches can sometimes be difficult. But, involving them in the process can help get them more interested. By teaching your child how to prepare and pack their own school lunches, you'll not only have a better chance of getting them to eat their lunch, but you'll also save yourself time in the morning. Here are three easy alternatives to plain sandwiches that your child will enjoy making. Pack any one of these with a piece of fresh fruit and a carton of milk or juice, and your child will have a healthy lunch that they will definitely eat.
Sandwiches on a Stick
If your child is tired of the same old sandwiches in his or her lunch, teach them how to make a new kind of sandwich. These "Sandwiches on a Stick" are easy for children to make, and a lot of fun. Start by giving your child a plastic drink swizzle stick. You could also use a bamboo skewer, but the plastic swizzle sticks generally have a rounded end, making them a safer choice. Plus, the plastic swizzle sticks are usually available in a wide variety of colors, which children enjoy. Cut up some thickly sliced lunch meat and cheese into cubes if your child is too young to use a knife. You can also use pre-packaged cheese cubes if you're in a hurry. Also cut some fresh vegetables into cubes, such as cucumbers and peppers. Cherry tomatoes also work great for these sandwiches. Lettuce leaves and thin slices of lunch meat or cheese can also be folded up and placed on the stick. Finally, cut a slice of bread up into cubes. If you do all the cutting the night before, storing the supplies in zip lock bags or sealed containers, your child can simply assemble their "Sandwich on a Stick" in the morning, place in a plastic bag, and head off to school. Since this sandwich is so much fun, you know your child will eat their lunch. This "stick" method also works great for fruit - simply skewer grapes, strawberries, chunks of melon and other fruits on the stick for a fun fruit salad on a stick.
Tortillas are a great staple for packing children's lunches. Not only do children enjoy eating them, but they also do not tend to get soggy, making it easier to pack a lunch the night before. Almost anything can be rolled up in a tortilla. Depending on your child's tastes and skill level, they could spread peanut butter and jelly, ham or chicken salad, or other spreadable treats on their tortilla. Or, provide them with a supply of lunchmeats and cheeses for their roll-ups. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber slices and other healthy vegetables also work well when rolled in tortillas. Once they've added all their ingredients, they can simply roll them up, place in a plastic zip lock bag, and toss in their lunchbox.
Children just naturally seem to love pita pockets. By cutting a round piece of pita bread in half, you'll end up with two handy little pockets that your child can use to create whatever kind of sandwich they desire. If you cut these in half the night before, even children who are too young to use a knife can assemble a sandwich in the morning. Simply provide them with lunch meats, cheese, fresh vegetables and even fresh fruit chunks, and let them add whatever they like best.
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