Pack­ing a school lunch? Add a help­ing of fun

The Covington News - - BACK TO SCHOOL - STAFF RE­PORTS newsi@cov­news.com

Par­ents would love to be­lieve that their chil­dren rel­ish ev­ery lunch they pack for them, but the re­al­ity is many items you send in their lunch boxes will be traded or thrown away.

How do you pre­vent your kids from toss­ing aside your loving cre­ations?

Here are some ways to make lunches more en­joy­able for you to pack and more fun for kids to eat:

• Sand­wich shape-up: Even your child’s fa­vorite sand­wich can get bor­ing af­ter she has had it for a few days in a row.

Break out the cookie cut­ters and cut the sand­wich into shapes, such as an­i­mals, hearts or num­bers.

• Been there? Bun that: You can add some fun into your child’s lunch by chang­ing some­thing as sim­ple as the bread. The next time you make a sand­wich, try sub­sti­tut­ing a bagel, hot dog or ham­burger bun, an English muf­fin, or even a tor­tilla in­stead of sliced bread.

• Kebab-ing it: A ter­rific way to en­sure your child eats more fruits and veg­eta­bles is to present them skew­ered or paired with a dip.

Bite-sized pieces of fruit can be part­nered with a yo­gurt dip or peanut but­ter. Veg­etable spears go great with ranch dress­ing or hum­mus.

• Left­overs for lunch: If your child loved din­ner last night, let him en­joy it again. In­vest in a small ther­mos and some re­us­able food trays with lids.

Then mix up the lunchtime rou­tine us­ing kid- sized por­tions of last night’s din­ner for a meal he is sure to en­joy.

• Be nu­tri­tious, sweetly: Even if you’re try­ing to keep things health­ful, never for­get dessert. Just be sure you of­fer some­thing with nu­tri­tional value.

For in­stance, pud­ding cups can be both fun and whole­some.

• Sneak in some fun: Take a cou­ple of min­utes to write a quick note or add a lit­tle prize, such as stick­ers or a small, school­safe toy.

More tips on pack­ing fun into school lunches can be found at www. Snack­Pack.com.

With some creative twists on stan­dard lunches, you can make your chil­dren’s lunch box the envy of the cafe­te­ria.

Statepoint photo/the Cov­ing­ton News

Keep your stu­dents en­gaged; put some spe­cial sur­prises in their lunches to make ev­ery school day spe­cial.

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