When my boys were younger, I’d often pack their lunches “in fours.” Four of the following: protein, fruit, veggie, dairy, carbohydrate or treat.
To do this, I found square, air-tight containers and square silicon baking cups. It was a way to send lunch without the usual sandwich at the center. The boys’ appetites eventually outgrew the containers and I packed them away… until now.
Recently, I’ve re-discovered how fun packing “in fours” can be. Our daughter eats lunch away from home from time to time, so I broke out the containers once again. Not only are they good for her, but they’re good for me too! Depending on the day, it could make a large snack to hold me over while on the go. Or it could be a light lunch in-between appointments, to keep my in control until snack time.
My favorites to pack:
- Hard-boiled egg (2P+)
- Toasted almonds (15 pieces for 3P+)
- Carrot sticks (0P+)
- Cubed cheese or cheese rounds (P+ vary)
- Mini-pretzels (11 for 1P+)
- Mini-marshmallows (20 for 1P+)
- Toasted oat cereal (1/4 cup for 1P+)
- Turkey pepperoni slices (17 slices for 2P+)
- Sliced, salted cucumbers (0P+)
- Dark chocolate chips (1 TBS for 2P+)
- Grapes (0P+)
- Popcorn (stovetop popped, 1/2 cup for 1P+)
- Sliced apples – if eaten quickly, before they brown (0P+)
- Crackers (P+ vary)
What items would YOU pack? I’d love to hear some fresh ideas!