Stuck in a sandwich rut when packing lunches? Sandwiches are awesome, but so are other foods too!
Recently Bentgo asked us to write an article about lunch ideas that involved foods other than sandwiches to help parents get a little creative (not sponsored). If you’d like to read it, head to Thinking Beyond the Sandwich!
At lunch we love offering some source of protein, at least 2-3 produce types (veggies/fruits), a whole grain or starch food, plenty of fat (inherent in foods like eggs, cheese, quartered olives, guacamole, salmon, nut butters) and something fun or unexpected like dark chocolate chips or a new cracker type!
These containers are great because they encourage creativity and small, manageable portions that help keep kids from getting overwhelmed. I tend to pack more than I know my kid will eat because I’m not there to give them seconds of any one item. If you’re at home, keep portions very small, especially for reluctant or picky eaters - they can always have more!
Make sure to pack an ice pack and put the container in a separate lunch bag.
Thank you Bentgo for giving us a chance to write for your fans!
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Megan and Judy, co-owners of Feeding Littles, bring you helpful info on food, nutrition, picky eating, and feeding young children. Megan McNamee MPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Judy Delaware, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist specializing in feeding therapy with children 3 and under in Boulder, Colorado. Megan and Judy are both moms of two and love helping families develop a healthy appetite for all foods!