Packing a Lunch for Your Preschooler
As your child heads off to preschool or elementary school, you may need to provide a lunch for him that will be nutritious, travel well, and -- at mealtime -- be eaten. Those guidelines can be easy to follow with a few tips, tricks, and some involvement from your child.
These days, lunches don't have to be relegated to a sandwich (although those work perfectly well). But, for variety, you might also roll up meats, cheeses, and veggies into a tortilla or stuff them into a pita pocket.
While you might not have the time to whip up a hot meal before school starts, plan your nighttime meals with leftovers in mind that can be perfectly apportioned for the next day's lunch. Then, gather up goods that organize the lunch and are easy for kids to navigate at the lunch table: sandwich bags, plastic containers with resealable tops, and, if necessary, reusable utensils.
In terms of a lunch box, consider an insulated one and ice packs that will keep food cool. Conversely, use a thermos to keep soups or pasta warm.
Whatever menu you select, make sure to include healthy foods that your child likes. And feel free to spice up the presentation from time to time with treats that you allow for special events, a party favor-like gift, or a drawing that lets them know how special they are.