Of all the jobs I do as the mother, this one always fills me with dread.
Its the start of school and another year of battle with what we eat on a monday and what we won't even look at on Tuesday! It breaks my heart to think they will be hungry in school, but equally I absolutely hate the waste of throwing out all the food that has been barely touched when they get home.
I decided this year we would try a different strategy. Lots of healthy snacks, not vegetables as those are my evening challenge (fruit) for lunchtime which they will eat (on a good day at least).
I have three children in school who all have different needs. My daughter is very fussy and barely eats anything. My middle son, is not bothered with food, but some days he is very hungry and others he is simply to busy to even open his lunch box so wants a snack fast. My eldest son has a huge appetite and is the middle of teenager years so he needs food that is cool and acceptable to eat with his friends!
4 Presentation methods to add variety to the week.
Roll-ups: Take the meat and/or cheese, lay it flat. Roll it up like a burrito. Slice it into chunks, hold in place with toothpicks. Stackers: Meat, cheese, crackers, and assorted toppings are presented for the kids to mix and match their own bites. Nibble Plates: Also known as “leftovers” day! Random bits and pieces presented in their own containers to nibble on. Bits of leftover chicken, fruits, veggies, etc. Cut-outs: There are a precious few sandwiches on this list. When they hit rotation, I use a larger cookie cutter to remove the crusts. My favorite is a scalloped heart shape that uses almost every ounce of food with little wasted edges.