August 20th, 2013
Today’s video, the second in a series of back-to-school lunch videos, has easy ideas and recipes that will help you break out of sandwich rut before it even starts. And in case you missed it, check out last week’s video, too: 4 essential school lunch ingredients. Let’s keep school lunch inspired this year, you know, without too much extra work!
I was worried last week that I might have been rushing you with all my back-to-school talk. But this week, well, it’s time to get started, mamas! If school hasn’t already begun, it’s about to. And fast! I know how hard packing school lunch day after day can be for many of you, so it’s time to get the right school lunch gear, stock your school lunch pantry (including healthy school snacks), and gather inspiration, which is what I hope this week’s video brings.
Today is all about getting you to think beyond the same old sandwich. More than half the time, getting kids excited about their food is about fun, novel presentation. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’m not one for super cutesy kid meals, but lunch is a little different. While I can comfortably send my kids to bed without dinner if they refuse what I make, I’m not so comfortable with them enduring a long school day without food in their bellies. So the challenge is sticking to the healthy foods that my kids know and love while changing it up enough to keep them interested.
Thinking beyond sandwich bread can be as simple as tossing the slices while still using the same ingredients you normally would. Or you can get super creative—or borrow my creativity so that you can apply yours elsewhere! Either way, packing something other than the standby sandwich may be easier than you think. Watch and see.