You asked for it and I'll continue to feature some lunch ideas for kids who may not be as adventurous in the food department. I don't think this is the healthiest lunch ever, but really you've got to get food into your kiddo's so they have fuel to do their job, learning and playing! If you have a really picky kid you know that nothing gets by them, there's no sneaking grated carrots into their spaghetti sauce and your probably feeling a little desperate to get some variety into them.
I've got a few ideas and they may not work right away, you'll have to keep introducing healthy foods to them and eventually their palate will expand. If you have a kid that like some fruits, but really dislikes others try blending them in a smoothie. Most kids like bananas and coupled with yogurt you've got a great base for smoothies or freezer pops. Then throw in some berries that your little one might not be crazy about to boost the nutrients. The same with a transition from white bread to wheat, sneak in some white wheat, then some honey oat...until they accept the consistency and taste of whole wheat breads.
Give your kids a shopping list that lets them help pick out new foods to try, ask them to get one new fruit and veggie. They will be more apt to try a new food when they have control over it. If they are old enough to help with prepping the meal they'll be even more adventurous in trying. Also try preparing those cooked veggies in different ways. Maybe your kids won't touch broccoli just plain, but if you roast it in olive oil and top it with a little Parmesan cheese it takes on a lovely nutty flavor that might earn just one bite (which hopefully will be followed by lots of bites!).
GiGi's lunch has a half a hazelnut butter and jelly sandwich, a string cheese, some raisins, a few slices of watermelon, cucumber and carrot sticks and a few animal crackers. She also has an organic chocolate milk to boost the calcium and protein!
LiLi's lunch has a bagel and cream cheese, a piece of fruit leather, cheddar cheese, watermelon slices, cucumber and carrot sticks and a handful of animal crackers. She has an organic vanilla milk to boost her calcium and protein intake.
Some other easy ideas:
*Make a lunch of dippers. Kids love finger foods and you can get plenty of nutrients in this way. Give them a nut butter (or sunflower) and a ranch dip made with Greek yogurt, add plenty of crisp veggies. Make an easy fruit dip with yogurt and cream cheese and provide some yummy favorite fruits to dip away!
*If your kids like re-fried beans send them to school with a homemade lunchable, pack it with beans, cheese and tortillas or chips. Add in guac and sour cream and some chopped tomatoes and olives. Throw in a little mango for a treat. (Try dried fruits or freeze dried for a different consistency)
*Breakfast for lunch, take leftover waffles, smear with a nut butter or nutella, top with sliced bananas or strawberries, Add a hard boiled egg and some orange slices.
Hope this helps a few Momma's out. Just remember to give yourself a break, and your kids too, If all your child will eat is a pb&j, thats ok...try and stretch their food list by adding fun things to those sandwiches!