Leftovers again! In my house that is actually said with excitement! Whew! Today's lunch included one of my daughter's favorite pasta salads as well as a healthy serving of apples, grapes and carrots. I sliced the apple thin, cut out the core with a mini, metal cookie cutter and dipped it into lemon juice and sugar to keep it from browning. I used the same cookie cutter to cut a shape out of a carrot slice and "plugged" the apple with the carrot star. It only took an extra minute and it made my daughter smile and most importantly, eat!
I think we have a "thing" for Goldfish crackers. The little fish were put into a hand made bag with rip-stop nylon and snaps. We use the bag for all sorts of snacks, it cuts down on the amount of plastic bags our family uses. The main bento box was filled with deli meat and cheese skewers, grapes, carrots, string cheese on the side and Ritz Crackers. Everything is easy to eat finger food and appetizing for a small child.
Notice a trend yet? To make lunch preparation easier, my daughter and I pick out a few fresh fruits and veggies to include in each lunch for the week. This week our selection included little tomatoes, grapes, carrots and apples. This is a good way to keep your food budget low, as we try to stick with the fruit an veggies that are in season. It is also a good way to include your child in the lunch making process. It is essential to teach our children how to pick and choose healthy foods wisely. We can't wait to start harvesting fresh veggies again this year, too! Plant a tomato and watch your child grow!