1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #28
LUNCH – Cucumber Tuna Sandwiches & Veggies
Cucumber sandwiches are fun, colourful, perfectly sized for little hands and so versatile. Not to mention cute as a button. The kids have really been enjoying these lately and this tuna version was no exception. So simple to make – slice the cucumber, add some tuna and anything else you might like – and you’re done. Served with some veggies on the side, it is really easy to pack a nice variety of vegetables into one lunch.
To send these to school, just pack the cucumbers separately from the tuna and include a spreader, so your child can make their own at lunchtime. One of the things that I love about these little breadless sandwiches is how colourful they are, something that really appeals to the kids. See more of our cucumber sandwich ideas here and here.
SNACK – Spoon Size Shredded Wheat & Fruit Skewers
Choice is a powerful thing for kids, well for any of us really, so at meal times I like to give the kids some choices in how they eat their food. Which is what I had in mind when I served this snack. Whole grain cereal with milk served on the side – eat it dry or add the milk, pour the milk or drink the milk. Served with fruit skewers – the kids can either eat the fruit off the skewer or add it to their cereal. Lots of choices. Sometimes these choices are just what is needed to add some interest and get kids sitting at the table longer. An interactive meal, so to speak.
A little tip – learning to pour takes practice and is a life skill that takes time for kids to learn. It’s also usually a grown up job, which means kids feel grown up when they are able to do it themselves. Initially kids will almost always pour (dump) all of the milk into the bowl, so only put a small amount of milk in the bottle (pitcher or cup) that way the bowl won’t overflow.
SNACK – Snack Salad
A snack salad? OK, so the idea behind this one is to “sell” salads as a snack. Getting kids to eat salad is not always easy, so my intention here was to serve the greens with clusters of snack type add-ins. In this case pears, carrot sticks, dried cranberries and almonds. I also served a honey dijon dressing on the side, as an option to either dress the salad or use as a dip. More choice:)
Some of the kids munched around the greens, only eating the clusters of add-ins. Other kids had several servings of everything. The trick here is to make sure all of the add-ins are healthy snack choices. I will definitely be serving variations of this more often because I know the more exposures they have to leafy greens the more likely they will learn to love them.
To make the honey dijon dressing I added 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup dijon mustard & 1/2 tsp salt to a jar and shook it up.
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the lunch and snacks that I serve Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)