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Snack ideas for lunch boxes to add variety

If you are packing a lunch every day, itís easy to get bored with the same food all the time. Here are some ideas of how to add variety to your daily lunch.

Snack ideas for lunch boxes to add variety

If you have to eat away from home every day, itís too easy to pack the same thing, but that can become boring pretty fast. Here are some suggestions for adding variety to your daily lunch box.

Instead of the basic sandwich, use a sandwich wrap, tortilla wrap or pita bread. Or take crackers with cheese.

Fillings are where sandwiches can get interesting. There are a lot more options than just peanut butter and jelly. The basic choices are meat, cheese, tuna or egg. Then to that you can add lettuce, cream cheese, mayo, mustard, tomatoes, onions.

If you are making sandwiches for children, itís fun to occasionally use cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes. It does waste a lot of bread though. Or cut the crusts and cut them into little pieces.

Cold foods
Many of the foods we eat hot can also be served cold. It may take an acquired taste to get used to it, but pizza and macaroni cheese are two that can easily be put in a lunch box.

If you want something warm at lunchtime, then soup in a thermos is a good idea. Here again there is a large variety in soups you can consume. Thereís tomato, French onion, minestrone, potato soup and many more.

For fruit and vegetable snacks there are carrots, celery, grapes, oranges, apples. Bananas donít do very well in a packed lunch as they often can bruise easily. If you cut apples in the morning, they are brown by lunchtime, so I usually pack the apple complete and then add an apple cutter. While this is fine for an older child or adult, I wouldnít give one to a younger child. Also oranges are a bit messy, but you can pack an orange peeler.

There are many commercial snacks that are made for lunch boxes. Many come in 100-calorie packs and are just the right size for finishing up a meal.

The best liquid you can drink is water. I put half a bottle of water in the freezer in the evening and then in the morning fill up the remaining space with water. That way the drink stays cold until lunchtime.

Just remember to go for variety, then you wonít get bored with eating the same thing for lunch every day.

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