I hate lunch. Ok, maybe that’s a bit strong. I dread lunch. That’s more appropriate. Not for me, for mini-me, aka my daughter. And by dread, I mean I dread making lunch, not eating lunch. I could go the easy route and let her buy lunch at school, but you know what happens? We spend money, she barely eats, and then she comes home from school starving and devours everything in sight. The hubby and I don’t really like that option. We prefer the option where she actually eats a somewhat healthy lunch. So we pack. The problem is that with packing comes repetition. With Repetition comes waste. And with waste comes the Dark Side.
Sorry, had a little Star Wars moment there.
But with a new year comes new opportunities. We’ve had a couple weeks off (when did Christmas break get so short?) and we’re ready to get back into the business of making lunches again. And with the New Year comes a resolution to try and brighten things up a little for mini-me. It’s time to “Think Outside the Lunchbox”!
Some things are easy to do. For one thing we change up the bread. It’s actually kind of gratifying to hear her say she likes the whole wheat bread from Nature’s Harvest®. Seriously, sometimes it’s that simple. White bread one day then wheat bread the next. Sometimes they actually notice the little things like that (I know, amazing right?).
I’m also convinced sometimes that my kid is destined to become a fruititarian. That’s a real thing right? Because she loves fruit. Like she could sit there and just eat fruit for hours. So aside from her usual banana or strawberries we have also been switching in some Del Monte® Fruit cups. Bonus, they come packed in juice and water, so she can actually drink what’s left. Double Secret Bonus, specially marked packages of Del Monte Fruit cups at Walmart have “Think Outside the Lunchbox” $5 in instant savings through March (or while supplies last).
Need a few ideas? Check out these FUN Recipes!!
Tada, just like that, by making a few simple changes … or perhaps I should say by adding a few new additions to the lunchbox family, we are able to brighten up mini-me’s lunchbox, feed her yummy food, and bring her home looking for a snack instead of ready to eat everything including the kitchen sink. It is possible to keep our little one’s lunchbox fresh and new with simple selections from some of our favorites. More to come in the coming weeks ….
This post is sponsored by Del Monte, but all opinions are my own.