Healthy, tasty kids’ lunches made easy
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“He’s very shy, and he had to open many bags and didn’t want to ask for help opening things,” she said. “Shish kabobs are so easy for him because it’s all in one.”
Hanks cuts one skewer in half to form two shish kabobs and then cuts off the sharp end.
“I make one healthy one with lunch meat, cheese and fruit, and another dessert one with marshmallows and fruit snacks,” Hanks said.
Often Hanks will use turkey, cheese blocks, and grapes or apple. For variety, she substitutes hot-dog pieces or grilled chicken for the lunch meat or swaps vegetables like cucumbers, broccoli or cauliflower for the fruit. The unique lunch has turned heads in the Stephen Bell Elementary cafeteria — but Tristan doesn’t seem to mind.
“He likes it because it gets a lot of attention at school, especially when he brings out the dessert one. It’s just fun,” Hanks said.
Kirsty Wertz, 36, said she taught her sons Kyle, 9, and Ethan, 7, to pack their lunch in the first grade as part of their after-school routine. Both attend Hunter Elementary School in Franklin.