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?
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.
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