Every day while my preschooler eats his breakfast and watches an episode of Octonaughts (or whatever the cartoon flavor of the month is!), I set to packing his lunch for daycare. Every lunch has to have a carbohydrate, a protein, a dairy product, and two fruits and vegetables. They serve organic milk with lunch, so I always cross that off for dairy. I have my usual staples for the main course: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, leftover spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and ham sandwiches. I always toss in a small treat, like a Hershey’s Kiss or a pack of fruit chews.
Where I really get stumped is the fruit and vegetable aspect. I need something that travels and sits in a lunchbox well, but is tasty and easy to eat. Something that doesn’t require prep for me (or the teachers!) and that Harrison will enjoy. There is nothing more maddening to me than sending him to school with something I know he won’t touch.
So I don’t send cauliflower. Womp.
Instead, I keep a rotation of easy-to-grab and preschooler-approved lunchbox ideas:
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