My two elementary aged girls pack their own lunches 4 days a week for school, and the other day they buy. Since I started packing their lunches, with some of these great and easy preschool and toddler lunches), they have been pretty creative with their own lunch packing (see more great lunch ideas and grab a morning routine printable).
I think they are even more creative than I am these days. My 7 year old has really taken a liking to parfaits after having them out at a certain chicken restaurant.
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She decided that she wanted to take them in her lunch every day. BUT…she can’t have them remade at home because “mom, the granola gets all mushy.” So, she uses her PackIt lunch container to keep everything nice and cold (seriously, where was this when I was packing lunches for school. You just pop it in the freezer overnight and the lunch stays cold without extra ice packs)
She grabs a Stonyfield YoKids organic yogurt and then puts her granola and fresh or frozen berries into their own separate containers. Recently, we received some Justin’s single serve peanut butter pouches that she’s been taking and adding to her parfait. Since, I don’t go to lunch with her (well, I haven’t been yet,) I had her recreate it for me at home. But, she said “I’m too shy to be eating on camera today, mom, I need some privacy”, so her hands are all she’d let me have.
Basically, she puts the yogurt into a bigger container, then spreads the peanut butter over the top of it, sprinkles on granola and adds the berries. Word on the street is that it’s pretty good. It’s like a peanut butter and jelly parfait with less sugar and more protein.
What fun creations have you or your kids added to their school lunches or snacks?
- peanut butter
- fresh or frozen berries
- Put yogurt in a cup
- Layer a bit of peanut butter
- Sprinkle granola
- Add fresh or frozen berries