Packing a school lunch every day can get a bit monotonous, I’ll admit it. But it’s a chance to let your child know you’re thinking about her while she’s away from school. Long after she stops hugging you and saying “I love you” in public, she’ll smile when she opens up her lunchbox to find you’ve made her favorite sandwich. But before those cranky teen years, you’ve got free reign when it comes to cutesy, sweet, and smoochy lunches so take advantage of it!
If you don’t have a lot of time, use a Sharpie marker to draw a face, smiley, heart, ect., on the outside. If your child can read, add a note, a poem, a “Have a great day!” etc. But once or twice a year on special days, plan a few more minutes to make a lunch she’ll be happy to open. The first day of school is a great time to do just that. Make it even more special by keeping the design of her lunch bag a secret until she pulls it out at lunchtime!
Easy Lunch Box Idea: Quick First-Day-of-School FROZEN Inspired Lunch
Here’s a quick and easy lunch idea that can turn any day into a special day that’s made with great ingredients and it doesn’t take long. Yes, I know there are some fantastic bento box artists out there. But realistically, the number of days a year I have to recreate detailed works of art for lunch is zero. So something in-between is in my comfort zone. But the few minutes I invested in making this lunch are sure to bring a smile.
I picked up everything I needed for my FROZEN First-Day-of-School lunch at my local Target Store (read about my back-to-school shopping trip). Who knew they had so many great organic and natural food choices?!? I didn’t! This made it so much easier to find healthier choices.
I wanted to evoke the feel of FROZEN without resorting to artificial colors or flavors, and I wanted a nutritionally balanced lunch. Protein, grains, fruit, and dairy are all present, and I tried to keep the sugar content down. Choosing quality over aesthetics was an easy choice, and I think it turned out great even if it is healthier!
First stop, the lunch bag aisle. The FROZEN lunch bag with its sequin trim was too adorable to pass up. Next I chose a food container. I decided against the thermos and went with a juice pouch which I typically stay away from. But we already have a drink container, granted it doesn’t match, but it will do for everyday lunches.
Then I headed for the grocery aisles to see what I could use to create my Olaf. I found mini bagels and picked up flavored cream cheese. Because I had Wet Ones to tuck in, an open faced sandwich was no problem. Plus I added a bit of extra cream cheese so she could scoop it off with the sugar snap peas – yum! String cheese made the perfect snow swirls (though since their wrappers had Elsa and Anna on them I could have just tossed it in).
I made Olaf’s arms, hair, and other features from fruit shreds, string cheese for his tooth, and a cut a nose for him from a carrot. I peeled and sliced a mini orange horizontally to create some color and interest. Organic bunnies were snipped to create the flower’s center and then bunnies were scattered at his feet because they’re fun and delicious!
Since this was a special first-day-of-school lunch, I purchase a small blank card with a plain silver glittered front and with scissors, I cut the tag from the FROZEN lunchbox to fit. Double sided tape secured it in place and I wrote a note with the Sharpie marker.
Silver ribbon was added, and I tied the bow so she could pull the end to release it completely. The first rule of lunch is whatever I send; she has to be able to open it by herself – you wouldn’t believe how many containers those lunch monitors have to open every day!
The total time to create this Olaf FROZEN inspired lunch was about five minutes. Well worth the time it took to make it.
No matter what lunch you send, pack it with a few Wet Ones! That way your child can clean her hands before she eats to remove the germs she’s picked up in the classroom. Plus she’ll be clean before she heads out to recess.
Do you have an easy lunch box idea? I’d love to hear it. Are you ready for the first day of school and the germs that come with it?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones®. The opinions and text are all mine.