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Lunchbox Ideas For Fussy Kids

You've got that cool lunch bag, thermos and litter-less lunch holders but your child hates sandwiches, won't eat anything cold, green or mushy. We offer these suggestions to help you with a variety on nutritious lunches. There must be something on this list that your child will eat! Don't worry, if they want the same thing over and over. As long as they are eating what you give them and it's nutritious...That's half the battle. Don't forget to check your child's daycare or school policy on allergies. Many do not allow peanut butter, fish or nuts.

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To Put In A Thermos:

  • wieners and beans
  • bagels
  • wiener and bun
  • pretzels
  • macaroni and cheese
  • toast
  • macaroni with parmesan cheese
  • cold chicken
  • ravioli
  • meatballs
  • scrambled eggs
  • popcorn
  • boiled eggs
  • coleslaw
  • soup
  • potato salad
  • macaroni and butter
  • macaroni salad
  • chili
  • spaghetti
  • stew
  • cut up pancakes or waffle sticks
  • crepes rolled in a bit of brown sugar
  • banana bread

To Put On Celery:

  • banana chips
  • peanut butter*
  • dried fruit
  • peanut butter and sunflower seeds*
  • cold pizza
  • peanut butter and jam*
  • rice cakes
  • peanut butter and raisins*
  • crackers and cheese
  • hard cheese
  • cheese slices
  • cheese whiz
  • cream cheese
  • tuna salad*
  • salmon salad*
  • chicken salad


  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • tomatoes
  • red and green pepper slices
  • olives
  • pickles
  • celery
  • cucumbers
  • brussel sprouts
  • mushrooms
  • asparagus
  • bean sprouts
  • garden peas

Sandwich Ideas:

  • meatloaf
  • steak
  • fried egg on toast
  • cream cheese and jam
  • cream cheese and pickle
  • cold grilled cheese
  • peanut butter and raisins*
  • peanut butter and bananas*

Send A Container Of:

  • peanut butter and honey
  • egg salad
  • tuna salad
  • tomato (run tomato under cold water)
  • sliced meat and vegetables
  • submarine sandwich
  • chicken salad
  • peanut butter and coconut*
  • rice pudding with raisins
  • honey and banana pudding
  • cream cheese and bean sprouts
  • jello
  • cheese
  • jello with fruit
  • fruit salad

Odds And Ends:

  • applesauce
  • muffins
  • yogurt
  • fruit dip
  • dip for vegetables
  • kolbassa, cheese and crackers
  • granola, coconut, raisins, and nuts
  • nuts and bolts

* send a pita or a wrap and let your child stuff it with a filling of their choice.

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