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Back-to-school Lunches

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Whether your child is attending school or remote learning, we are all faced with the same dilemma every day.  What do we feed our kids for lunch?

Here are five tips to make school lunches an easy task.

Involve Your Children

Picky eaters, and children in general, are more likely to eat something if they helped to make it. Have your kids pick what they want as well as help assemble their lunch.

They won't be able to complain about what's in their lunchbox because they put it there!

Make a snack station for your kids

Set aside a shelf in your pantry and one in your fridge for grab-and-go snacks.

In the pantry, set out pre-portioned bags of goldfish, pretzels or chips. Granola bars and individual packs of applesauce are also healthy snacks that kids love.

In the fridge, have snack size bags of carrots and grapes, cheese sticks and individual containers of yogurt.

Make it fun

Little kids will love having their sandwiches in fun shapes.  Use a large cookie cutter to cut out sandwiches.  It’s fun and removes the crust that so many kids dislike.

Also use cookie cutters to cut out fruit and cheese into fun shapes.

Think beyond sandwiches

If your kids don’t like sandwiches, try skewers or tortilla wraps.  Letting your kids dip veggies and crackers in hummus or peanut butter is another non-sandwich option.

Plan ahead

Take the stress out of the mornings by making your lunches the night before.

And remember! The most important thing is packing the lunch your kids will actually eat, rather than the one you want them to eat.

This is Jennifer Chandler with The Weekly Dish. Bon Appetit!

Jennifer Chandler graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris at the top of her class. She is a freelance food writer, restaurant consultant, and author of four cookbooks.