Stumbled across these in Pinterest thought I'd share!
normacb says: I make "uncrustables" for my kids. No need for fancy cookie cutters. We use Arnold soft whole wheat, a 40 oz container of Jif peanut butter, and whatever jelly your kids prefer. Make your PB and J however you like, then take the lid from the peanut butter jar and place it on your sandwich, and then press down and twist your wrist a few times. Wal-la the crust is removed and sandwich is sealed so there is no pb or j leaking out the side. the larger jar has a large enough lid that you are not wasting anything but the crust
deemom says: Homemade lunchables -Buy a reusable container. Fill it with your own selections such as cut up cheese, bologna, ham or turkey, and crackers. Add a cookie if you want
Wrap -Take a tortilla and spread on some peanut butter. Add a banana and roll it up. It's fun for the kids to eat
Make your own pudding or jello in reusuable plastic containers. It's cheaper than buying prepackaged pudding and jello.
Ants on a log - Spread peanut butter on cut pieces of celery. Add a few raisins.
Buy bigger packages of such things as chips, Teddy Grahams, Goldfish, etc and send them in small ziploc sandwich bags. Cheaper than buying them in the prepackaged smaller bags.
-Mix peanuts, raisins, M & M's, chocolate chips, etc together and send in a baggie.
If they like yogurt it's cheaper to buy the bigger containers and place it in smaller reusable plastic containers. Try adding your own fruit to plain or vanilla yogurt. My girls like cut up pears in vanilla yogurt.
Send egg salad or ham salad as a dip. My girls don't like sandwiches, but they will eat egg salad or ham salad if they have some crackers to dip it in.
Don't buy the prepackaged juice boxes. Send apple or grape juice in a reusable plastic container.
Invest in a thermos. I have found many at garage sales for $2-$4 or buy one new about $12. IF you use it 4 times it will pay for itself. My dd hot lunches are $3.
I heat up soup/pasta/spaghettios almost any leftovers. It takes about 5-10 minutes in the morning. I always let the food get very hot before I put it in the container.
Don't buy the peanut butter Ritz. Just take store brand crackers and add your own peanut butter.
Deli rolls -Spread some honey mustard on a piece of ham or turkey. Roll it up with a piece of string cheese and a pickle if they like them. Secure with toothpicks.
Fruit kabobs -Place cut up grapes, blueberries, raspberries, etc on toothpicks.
Ranch dip and vegetables -Kids love anything they can dip. Send some ranch dressing in a reusuable plastic container. Send along small carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower if they will eat it.
PB and J alternatives to the usual pb and j on bread
-Spread peanut butter and jelly on lightly toasted waffles.
-Spread peanut butter and jelly on rice cakes.
Mini meatball sub -Send meatballs in a bit of spaghetti sauce in a thermos. Show your child how to scoop the meatballs into a hot dog bun.
Mini deli meat subs -Spread mayo or your child's favorite sandwich spread onto a hot dog bun. Add deli meat like ham or turkey and cheese.
Send frozen grapes. Take them from the freezer that morning and put them in their lunch. They will be just thawed enough to eat for lunch. You don't want them to thaw all the way because they get soggy.
Send a smoothie in a thermos that has been in the fridge or freezer. Blend
1 1/4 c milk, 1 banana, and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
BLT's - Send along cooked bacon, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, bread, and some Miracle Whip.
queenboxtop says: my kids like nacho day at school, but it would cost me $6 for all of them to eat it. I buy a small can of nacho cheese $1.62 at Wal-Mart put it in snack cups. One can will do 6 snack cups. I can add homemade salsa to those who want it and I buy a big bag of chips and individually pack it.
Momof2boys2005 says: Thermos lunches
-cut hotdog + baked beans
-baked beans + rice
-mini meatballs in sauce or gravy
-chili with cubed baked potato or rice
-loaded baked potato (cubed baked potato with grated cheese, salsa, sour cream and bacon bits)
allgirls says: I make banana mini muffins instead of banana bread during the school year. They are good for breakfast, lunch and as afternoon snack
Build your own snack mix.- Give your child a baggie and when the snack boxes are down the the bottom have them combine them into a baggie to make thier own snack. Works good with cheez its, cheerios, raisins, crackers, chocolate chips
Add your own ideas!!!