Before my kids started going to school, I witnessed my friend and her son battle over his lunchbox. A few weeks after kindergarten had started, she discovered he wasn’t eating all of his lunch each day and was even trading away a lot of the food. He would come home hungry and asking for tons of snacks. When she finally figured out why, they had to institute some lunchbox rules – no trading was allowed, and he had to leave all leftover food in the lunchbox for when he went home. Things quickly turned around once he had a little accountability in his life and he actually started to eat his lunch!
I learned a lot watching the two of them and was ready when my daughter started school. We set up some guidelines and rules from the beginning, but I also thought long and hard about what foods to pack in her lunchbox. If I packed wholesome foods that I knew she liked and would eat, the chances of her eating all the foods in her lunchbox were much higher!
Here are a few of those lunchbox snack ideas that have kept my kids from trading away their food. Hopefully they can be an inspiration for you, too!