Spiderboy and Doodles do already have a hot meal at school & nursery but we often take a packed lunch along for a picnic on a nice day or for an easy tea after swim lessons. I'm not a huge fan of sandwiches (too many dry, tasteless offerings from my childhood) so with that in mind, I try to mix things up a bit and make packed "lunches" more exciting.
I posted a recipe for these ham, cheese & onion muffins a while back, and they were a huge hit with my kids. If I do make sandwiches, I cut them into fun shapes - something I discovered when Spiderboy was very little and I couldn't get him to eat sandwiches - how much more fun is it to eat a train or a little animal?!
|What do you mean you can't tell they are a crocodile, a lion and an elephant?!|
I have to admit I was quite surprised when I read the Cheestrings website section about how they are made and of what...they contain no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours and provide one quarter of the recommended daily amount of calcium and vitamin D!
It only takes a little bit of imagination to make food more fun - if you have a lunchbox with compartments, you can offer different tasty treats, like putting some fruit into a cupcake case.
You could also personalise lunch containers without a huge expense - just use some stickers - or leave them a little handwritten note or joke inside.
If you're in the mood for more fun with food, check out Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons for some great ideas.
I shall leave you with the memory of my mother discovering with horror the stash of mouldy sandwiches under my bed one day...can't recall why I didn't just throw them away in the bin at school but then I never was very bright! Strangely enough, I didn't get anything tastier offered as an alternative after that...
Disclosure: I was sent a Cheestrings gift pack for the purpose of this review.