Once all of the craziness of back-to-school prep has subsided, it’s fairly easy to slip into a routine. That’s great for balancing hectic mornings, after-school activities and evening schedules, but if there’s one thing that doesn’t benefit from routine, it’s lunchtime.
If you’re slapping together the same sandwich and packing the same exact side dishes each day, your kids might slump into a nutritional rut—not to mention boredom! So once your back-to-school schedule has been set, give these creative lunch ideas a whirl.
With just a few extra minutes each day, you can add a whole new variety of lunches to your rotation, adding much-needed nutrients and a little excitement to your kids’ meals too.
A simple cookie cutter can transform a regular sandwich into a little work of art! See how easy it is to make these two-tone sandwiches by following the instructions on FamilyFun.
Mini Greek Pizza Muffins
Nothing could be better than a bake-ahead option! These mini green pizza muffins from EatingWell.com get rave reviews from kids and grown-ups alike.
Sandwiches on a Stick
Who says sandwiches have to be stuck between two slices of bread? Put your little one’s favorite foods on a stick to create sandwiches, fruit and veggie skewers instead, like this cute example from FamilyFun.
Liven Up a Classic PB & J Sandwich
Whether you grill it in a panini press or use cookie cutters to create peanut butter and jelly blossoms, there’s no reason to settle for a basic PB & J sandwich anymore. Check out these fun examples from Lil Sugar and FamilyFun for inspiration.
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