Feeding kids is hard. Breakfast is pretty straight forward and dinner is pre-planed. But lunch? I find myself staring into the fridge thinking: what in the world do I feed these adorable hooligans? They’re never interested in what I eat for lunch. And heaven forbid I try to feed them anything besides chocolate chips and peanut butter. 50% of the time I end up doing just that: handing them a spoonful of peanut butter with chocolate chips on top. Because, hey, it’s protein right?
Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating. I really only do that on my most desperate of days. But I really did feel like I needed to step up my game when it came to my kids’ lunch. Their little tummies need just as many nutrients as mine. If not more! So I’ve been doing a little experimenting to find easy, kid-tested, and cheap kid’s lunch ideas.
Keep in mind that my kids are almost 1 and 3 so these ideas are aimed towards younger kids. They still like to eat things separately. We don’t do sandwiches, we do bread, sliced meat, and string cheese (actually, not really since my boys are lactose intolerant). We don’t do tacos we do sliced tortillas, chicken, and beans. Why do kids like this better? Who knows. But I actually think it makes putting their meals together easier. Just pick a protein, a fruit/veggie, and a grain and you’re set. No need to get all fancy on the 2 year old.
Sliced bread, strawberries, chicken. I always keep some baked chicken in the fridge for easy lunches and fast dinners.
Tuna, Wheat Thins, pickles
Crackers, zucchini, turkey and cheese ( we use goat cheese).