One of the most challenging things about being a mom for me right now is figuring out what to pack Jack in his lunches for daycare. The daycare we send Jack to does not provide meals for him. This can be a good and bad thing. It’s good because I get to be in control over what I pack for him. He gets a variety from me and I know what kinds of foods he likes. It’s bad because I am constantly trying to figure out what to pack. I try my best to send him to school with a decent lunch. I was flattered that his teacher said to me that Jack has the best lunches in the class. It makes me wonder what the other parents send for their kids to eat because I don’t think I do anything special with his lunches.
Here are a few tips I like to stick to when coming up with meal ideas for my little guy.
Those are my tips. Here’s a list of different meals that I packed for Jack over the last couple of months.
Main meal- Ravioli with marinara sauce
Main meal- Ham and cheese slices
Main meal- Turkey and cheese
Veggie- no veggies, extra fruit
Fruit- Blueberries and peaches
Main meal- Gyro meat, cheese and pita
Veggie- no veggie
Main meal- Hamburger with whole wheat egg noodles
Veggie- Vegetable medley
Main meal- Tortellini with marinara sauce
Veggie- Peas and carrots
Main meal- Scrambled eggs
Veggie- Mixed vegetables
Main meal- Fettuccini
Veggie- Peas and carrots
Main meal- Ham and Cheese
Veggie- No veggie
For a snack, I keep it very simple. I like to pack him yogurt or apple sauce pouches. I also like Nutri-grain bars for his am snack. It’s easiest for me to grab something and go in the morning.
I also pack him 2 cups of milk and 1 water for the day. I know I’m not perfect, I noticed that I don’t pack a vegetable every time, but I do my best to mix it up and introduce my little guy to as many different foods as I can. So far pasta, cheese and fruits are his favorites. (He takes after his mommy)
Let me know if you have any meal ideas that your little ones love.
Are you a parent looking to enroll in child care? I’d be happy to answer any questions from a parent or teacher’s perspective.
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