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5 Ways to Freshen School Lunch in 2011

January 3, 2011

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We know that many kids are back in school today, familiarizing themselves once again with the daily routine of classes and homework. Oh, and let’s not forget school lunches!


Compared to all of the treats and feasts of the holiday season, a lunch box can seem pretty dull. As a result, we developed five fresh suggestions for shaking up the brown bag menu in the new year.

5 Ways to Freshen School Lunch in 2011

1. New uses for holiday cookie cutters.

Back in September, Jennifer from Savor the Thyme introduced us to Panini Pops. We’ve been hooked ever since! Pick up lollipop sticks from a local craft store and use those holiday cookie cutters to make gingerbread man turkey sandwiches on FOLDit Flatbread or snowman quesadillas on Flatout wraps. Food is more enjoyable to eat in fun shapes!

2. Start a trivia tradition.

Whether it’s once a week or every day, introducing trivia helps everyone learn something new! Include a fun question in your child’s lunch box. You can make them food-themed or miscellaneous and talk about the answers at the dinner table later in the evening.

3. Create your own lunch box.

Sometimes, it’s all about the packaging. Create a new craft project one weekend and encourage kids to create a lunch bag that represents their own unique style and personality. You can follow these instructions from eHow to get started. You can also liven up a paper lunch bag. Use them until they start to wear and tear, then create a new one – we all know how quickly kid’s likes and dislikes can change, so this is a great way to keep up with the trend!

4. Get cultural.

Specify various cultural themes for your kid’s lunches. Check out Lara DiPaola’s Toasted Cuban FOLDit recipe. Or try an Italian Meatball recipe and throw the end result into a wrap. You could also try making this Thai Chicken pizza in advance if your child has access to a microwave for reheating. Introducing their palates to a variety of different flavors and spices will make them even more excited about trying a variety of foods! Just make sure to do a taste test at home before introducing a completely new recipe into the mix.

5. Capture every color.

You may have heard the phrase “Eating the Rainbow” before. Trying to incorporate as many Roy G. Biv colors as possible will not only make an aesthetically pleasing lunch – it will also ensure that your kids are getting proper nutrients, as many of the most colorful foods are healthy fruits and vegetables. You can look to this website for food ideas that fall under each color scheme.

Bon appetit!


We’d love to hear your fresh perspective:

  • How are you freshening up school lunches in 2011?
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