Okay, some parts of the country have not received the memo, but Spring is here! And for most of us parents, that means Spring Break is over and it's time to get back to packing Yumbox lunches.
If you have been at this all school year, staying creative can be a challenge. Luckily, April presents some great opportunities to flex your artistic muscles.
I have some fun (and easy!) lunch ideas for you.
National Empanada Day – April 8, 2019
Playing a little fast and loose with the definition of "empanada" here, but we have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich pressed into an empanada, a smattering of cheddar cheese hearts, strawberries, grapes, and a favorite for my son, white chocolate chips. (photo above)
Grilled Cheese Day -April 12, 2019
Grilled cheese deserves its own day of celebration, doesn't it? Can't go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich. My son will eat these hot or cold. In this lunch, I've added ham roll ups for extra protein, and sprinkled in cucumbers. The mix is topped off with a healthy portion of fruits including honeydew, blackberries, and cantaloupe, and lastly (who are we kidding, it gets eaten first) white chocolate chips for dessert.
Easter - April 21, 2019
We can't talk about Easter without including the bunny. The lunch pictured here includes a turkey and cheese bunny shaped sandwich, cucumber Spring flowers, baby carrots and a cantaloupe "carrot," raspberries, blackberries, and chocolate covered raisins (for the… bunny pellets).
Earth Day - April 22, 2019
This lunch has a fun interpretation of Earthly elements: the planet (peanut butter and jelly sandwich), the fish in the ocean (goldfish crackers), the sun (pineapple in a yellow baking cup), the night sky (blueberries) and the moon (cheese), the land (grapes), and the strawberries are lava, obviously.
April also means lots of great new produce is in season. Check to see what is in season in your area and include it in your lunch! Here are some ideas on how to use your favorite fruits and veggies:
- Make your own pizza lunch with naan for the base, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite seasonal veggies for toppings.
- Snack plate lunch with seasonal fruits and veggies, plus whole grain bread, cheese (those mini mozzarella pearls are great for lunches), lunch meat or rotisserie chicken for protein… the possibilities are endless!
-A skewer lunch – if you put it on a stick, they will eat it! (sometimes…) Mix in new veggies with current favorites and they just might try it.
I hope this gives you some inspiration for your homemade lunches! It is a labor of love, but truly worth it.