What's for lunch?
Even though we've only been back to school for just about a month, I feel like I'm already tapped out for lunch box ideas. I was surprised when Philly told me one of her classmates brought Skittles in his lunch and another friend brought Doritos. Ack! (I was also surprised when she was given Sunbursts after her first music class last Saturday. I politely asked the music instructor to please not offer our little sweetheart any candy treats, no matter how wonderful she was! Her daddy and I are considering bringing our own incentives for her - maybe a sticker or bouncy ball?)
Back to the lunch situation... Now we're heading into cold and flu seasons, and I really, really, really want Philly to eat more diversified foods and get more essential vitamins and minerals from her diet. I really, really, really want Philly to eat fewer processed (or just minimally-processed) foods. My old standbys include: (lightly salted, unsweetened, creamy) Trader Joe's peanut butter on wheat bread, some scrambled eggs on rice in the thermos, leftovers from dinner (maybe ravioli, tortellini, chicken with rice and peas), carrot sticks with peanut butter for dipping, granola.
What are some easy but nutritious lunch box ideas? Especially for the picky eaters? Any really compelling books that get not-so-little ones (she's SIX!) to try new things? If you're packing lunches for your kids, what's in 'em?!?