It's only normal around this time of year, to get anxious for the upcoming school year. You probably have already gone shopping for some new back-to-school clothes, and picked out a new lunchbox and backpack. But the idea of making lunches, healthy lunches, every day for the next 9 months is daunting. Two close friends of mine were discussing this just the other day. My one friend, Terri, with a "Type A" personality is prepared for the challenge and has some good advice. We've come a long way since PB&J--daily.
Sneak in the veggies. Her trick, she says, is to slice super thin and add to everything. One of her daughter's favorites is a bagel with cream cheese and finely diced-and-sliced red and yellow peppers. She'll also add thin slices of pear or apple to turkey sandwiches.
Get a second opinion. Have your child help with the lunchbox planning. Even take her to the food store and have her choose what she would like to eat for lunch, and see what happens. Terri had to make some compromises with her daughter, ice cream doesn't travel well in a lunchbox, but the overall result was very good.
Everyone helps. Assign lunchbox jobs to your kids. Even if it's putting crackers or chips in a small baggie, a lot of the prep work can be done on Sunday, and the kids can help.
How do you deal with the lunchbox daily?