Packing Lunches for a Two-Year-Old

June 12, 2012

  Two weeks ago, I decided to start packing my daughter's lunches.  I had two reasons for it:  I wanted to make sure she was eating healthy and I wanted to take any stress off our nanny in regards to making her lunch (Sky is hungry and tired when she gets home from school and it can be her worst time of day, behavior-wise). 
 Since other folks might be interested in what a two-year-old will eat for lunch, here is a day-by-day list of what I've left for her, with notes are in parenthesis 

Wednesday (the first week was a four-day week for us)
-Turkey and mayo on a cheese and green onion biscuit (she just ate the turkey)
-carrot sticks
-string cheese
-fruit leather

Thursday
-banana muffin
-hard-boiled egg
-summer sausage and cheese skewers (little kebabs on toothpicks)
-fruit leather

Friday
-Waffle sandwich with peanut butter, honey, and raisins
-edamame
-POP chips

Saturday
-Turkey and cheese lettuce wrap sandwich (she ate the turkey and cheese and left the lettuce)
-apple slices with peanut butter
-Wheat Thins

Tuesday
-Peanut butter and jelly on a whole wheat tortilla (cut into wedges)
-hard-boiled egg
-carrot sticks
-fruit leather

Wednesday
-pizza bites with spaghetti sauce for dipping (chunks of cheese baked in leftover wonton wrappers)
-edamame
-applesauce

Thursday
-tortellini with spaghetti sauce
-cheese stick
-grapes

Friday
-Banana muffin
-summer sausage and cheese skewers
-orange smiles

Saturday
-peanut butter and banana sandwich (only ate half)
-yogurt
-grapes
-pretzel sticks


  My goal is to leave something that Sky will eat that has both dairy (since she rarely drinks milk) and protein.  I try to avoid leaving things that have to be microwaved and I've managed to avoid leaving leftovers.  So far, she's eaten most of what I've left for her.   I'll do another post in two weeks but I'd love any suggestions that you have for things that work for your kids.

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