I am really bad at making lunches. Sophie kept complaining about her mediocre lunches so I decided to change things up a bit. I did a little research and came across this idea. Sophie has already mentioned how she doesn’t like sandwiches, so packing a variety of foods in a grid fashion seemed like a good solution. Let’s just say that she was ecstatic when she packed her lunch!
It’s pretty easy to make lunches like this. First you need a divided container with a lid. I bought mine at Michael’s for $4 in the jewelry section. You can remove the dividers, which is handy when working with food in a variety of sizes. This one fits in Sophie’s soft lunch bag.
Then I made a list of the various items Sophie can pick from:
- Annie’s cheddar crackers
- Nut Thins
- veggie straws
- popcorn (homemade)
- pita chips
- granola bar (homemade)
- hard-boiled egg
- lunch meat (with no preservatives or nitrates)
- diced chicken
- nuts (pistachios, almonds, pecans, etc)
- cheese stick
- apple slices
- dried fruit
- dried veggies (i.e. kale chips, freeze-dried veggies)
- treat (homemade)
The goal is to add 1-2 foods from each group. We’ll see if the new idea works long term, but thus far I like how Sophie gets excited about helping, and she gets a better variety of healthy foods for lunch.