It's summer, what do you feed your kids for lunch?

It's summer, what do you feed your kids for lunch?

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Summer break is just a couple of weeks away and man am I burned out from making school lunches. I'm a good cook and have no problem saying that. But, well, this is what my daughter's school lunch looked like today:

It's a yogurt tube, two cheese sticks because apparently I can't count, a whole apple and a whole cucumber. I didn't even cut the cuke, never mind peel it. I just keep telling myself that at least it isn't the donut and croissant I dropped off at my 3-year-old's preschool when I accidentally left her lunch box at home. Because I did that this week too.

So here I am, burned out on lunches when I'm about to have four children home with me all summer. And I have to feed these children multiple times a day!

I don't want to overcomplicate things but I also want my children to eat a well-balanced diet. I have a hard time finding the middle of the road on this topic, but I'm going to try my best this summer to offer a healthy lunch at least four days a week.

I know we are all in the same boat, so I thought I'd share the list I came up with for summer lunches.

Here it is:

  1. turkey and cheese sandwich, apple, chips
  2. snack plate of almonds, grapes, cheddar cheese cubes, pretzels
  3. red lunch of watermelon, red pepper slices, tomatoes and pepperoni
  4. rainbow lunch of grape tomatoes, clementine, slice of cheese, walnuts, cucumber, blueberries and purple grapes
  5. graham crackers and apple slices with peanut butter for dipping
  6. fruit smoothie made out of milk, banana, frozen strawberries and a handful of baby spinach
  7. egg salad on a bagel, pickle, chips
  8. protein box with boiled eggs, almonds, string cheese, and sliced pepper
  9. yogurt with toppings like chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts, slivered almonds and strawberries

I will start off the summer like that, but by the end I bet lunch will be pizza, an ice cream bar and a cucumber for good measure. At least everyone will eat it?

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