School lunch ideas
I always end up scratching my head at the start of a school year and asking myself "What will I pack for lunch for the girls?" My daughters are now aged 11 and 14 and the menu has changes over the years. I thought it might be useful to list some suggestions here.
Hot, cold, fizzy, not....always a conumdrum. In my kids schools, fizzy drinks are not allowed so that reduced the options a bit.
In very cold weather, I normally packed a thermos with warm drinks such as:
- hot chocolate
- hot milk
In very hot weather, I would still pack the thermos but this time fill it with drinks such as:
- cold milk
- cold smoothies
- cold juice, etc
In moderate weather, I would pack squash (diluted with water), but in recent years we have been going with pure water only - and the kids love it.
Tip: For more active days when the child will be involved in sports etc, pack an extra drink.
Tip: Pack a drinking straw for younger kids if they tend not to want to drink, it will make drinking a little more fun!
Main part of the lunch
It's good to give kids something substantial to eat and this can be in many forms:
- Sandwich (using various types of bread)
- Pita pocket
- Flour Tortilla wrap
- Pasta (hot or cold)
- Hot food in a thermos
Fill sandwiches with a variety of fillings such as:
- Ham, cheese and coleslaw
- Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato (BLT) - put the tomato between the bacon and lettuce to avoid the bread getting soggy
- Chicken and sweetcorn
- Tuna and sweetcorn
These will work equally well in bread, rolls, bagels, pita or wraps.
My younger daughter has her own favorites:
- Ham and potato chips (cheese and onion flavor) in a sandwich
- Fish fingers in a sandwich! (cold!) - garnished with tomato ketchup
- Fried potato and English sausage in a sandwich! (cold!) - garnished with tomato ketchup
For other foods (non sandwich), try:
- Pasta (hot in a thermos or cold) with anything you fancy - chicken, ham, tuna, just plain tomato-based sauce.
- Baked beans in a thermos
- Home made soup (blended for no lumps!) in a thermos
- Salads of various types (e.g. Waldorf salad)
Here's your chance to introduce fruit and vegatables!
- Fresh Fruit - apples, small oranges or mandarins, grapes, strawberries, bananas, plums, etc
- Fruit salad (in a tub with a spoon)
- Vegatables - raw carrot sticks, raw celery sticks (it's fun to include some type of dip with these)
And for a special treat:
- Cup cakes
- Apple pie or apple crumble (in a tub with a spoon)
- Cereal bars