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Outside the Breadbox Thinking: What to Pack for Lunch When Your Kid Won't Eat Sandwiches

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This year my family has reached a new milestone: all 3 of my kids are in school or preschool all day on 2 days a week.

I’d prepared myself emotionally for being away from my 3-year-old for six hours twice a week, but there was one thing that never occurred to me until we were in the thick of things.

She doesn’t eat sandwiches.

Sure, she’d had a PB&J and a grilled cheese or two, but when it comes to sandwiches she’s just not a fan. When she’s served a sandwich she generally takes the thing apart, plays with the lunchmeat and pokes holes in the bread.

Now that she eats lunch at preschool twice a week, I had to think outside the breadbox. Here are 10 ideas I came up with, that can all be packed in Ziploc sandwich bags.


1. Ham and cheese roll-up on a whole-wheat tortilla

2. Veggie packed pasta salad

3. PB&J pita bread

4. Vegetable-flavored cream cheese and crackers

5. Turkey and cheese sticks

6. Veggies and hummus

7. Fruit salad with a protein on the side

8. Ants on a log (celery sticks loaded with peanut butter and raisins on top)

9. Sesame noodles with red peppers and carrots

10. Make-your-own pizza with an English muffin and a baggie with cheese and pepperoni

What do you pack for your preschooler’s lunch?

A big thanks to Ziploc for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Credit: iStockPhoto

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