Packing a School Lunch Your Picky Eater Will Devour

Picky eating is common in children—and as a parent, it’s probably driving you crazy. Here, simple strategies (like using a cookie cutter!) help make sure your child gets enough to eat.

A picky eater shares her school lunch with a friend

You’re not even halfway through the school year and already your child is complaining about what you pack for school lunch. It’s hard to resist pleas for heavily-advertised and calorie-saturated foods that your child sees her friends unpack at lunchtime. But with a little ingenuity, you can win over even the pickiest eater.

  • Use a cookie cutter on sandwiches. This will eliminate the dreaded “crust problem,” and make the average p, b and j sandwich something special.
  • Buy a small wide-mouthed thermos and start sending along your child’s favorite soups or hot mac ‘n’ cheese.
  • Layer meats, cheese, fruits and veggies on a toothpick to make a kebab instead of a sandwich.
  • Cut larger fruits-like cantaloupe or pineapple-into bite-sized pieces and send them to school in small, plastic tubs.
  • Choose mini bottles of water instead of fruit juices that have high sugar content.
  • Bake a batch of your kid’s favorite cookies and pack them as a special treat.

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