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Posted March 21, 2011 | Leave a comment
Packed lunch burnout
About this time of the school year it becomes hard to find new creative foods to pack in your children's lunchbox. The same-old same-old foods will not keep them from trading with friends anymore and non-nutritious foods will start making their way into your children's hands. Try these ideas to help prevent a packed lunch burnout!
Include ½ cup - 2/3 cup bean dip, 6-12 whole wheat crackers and 4-6 carrot sticks. Pack in an insulated lunch box with a frozen gel pack.
Don't worry if kids come home with food that was not eaten. Some days children will be hungry and other days they might not be as hungry - perhaps they were distracted or had a food treat in the classroom before lunch, etc. Occasionally ask children if they think they're packing enough, too much, or want some different food choices. This helps them make adjustments to how much and what they pack the next time.
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