About The Author: Brandie Valenzuela is a wife and homeschooling mom of three, who loves scrapbooking, cooking, and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she publishes "HomeMade Living", a popular weblog for mothers, at http://homemadeliving.blogspot.com
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Lots of good ideas. Except for all the peanut butter ideas. Unfortunately, my kids' school is 100% nut free as are all the schools in our area. Some mornings I really wish I could rely on some peanut butter for lunches, especially with picky eaters, it's hard enough to come up with ideas.
Debbie52 - I made up a whole loaf of WG bread for my boy, 10 pbj's in 10 minutes! I cut them diagnol and placed in generic ziploc, then froze them all in the bag. On some days I'll pack whole grain goldfish and cheese sticks (stocked up on sale.) He loves carrots and fruit so that is not a problem! He'll eat chicken nuggets, grilled cheese for school lunches on those menu days. He had pizza on the first day at the lunchroom, and he said he did not like it! So more cold lunches for him, I suppose! We also made our own jam this year, so that is a nice break on the budget!
These are great ideas! Hopefully I could some day use some with my son. He eats well the things he likes but he doesn't eat a lot of variety :-( One thing I've been sending that he's eating well is instead of the usual peanut butter sandwich, I make up peanut butter and crackers. He loves pizza so sometimes if we have leftover, I just send a piece in a baggie. His lunchbox is insulated but I still put in one of those cold pack things you keep in the freezer. He doesn't even need it heated and will eat it cold or room temp. I try to vary what I put so it's not the same thing every day. Sometimes I just put a Quaker cereal bar and then a pudding, a drink and a little baggy of dry cereal. I'm just always glad for whatever he will eat. Sometimes some comes home and then he'll have as his after school snack.
I just had a neat idea...my son doesn't object to the crust on bread but it might be fun if I made a peanut butter sandwich and then cut it out with a cookie cutter. He loves Mickey Mouse and perhaps I could find a Mickey cutter!
Other Peanut Butter options are to place some PB in a bowl and add some maple syrup. Stir well and place on bread. I grew up on these and although I can't eat them much now, I fix one as a treat once in a while after dinner. I prefer that over jelly! You can also use fruit syrups, molasses or corn syrup, but those aren't as good as the maple syrup.
Also, most kids like strawberry or grape jelly, cut real strawberries or grapes into thin slices and place on sandwich with peanut butter.
Also, another tip is to spread PB THINLY on both sides of the sandwich before putting jelly on. This keeps the jelly from soaking into bread and making a soggy sandwich. My kids always tell me they don't know why my sandwiches taste better than when they make them and I can only guess that is why. ha ha I also had kids that did not like to eat the bread corners so I would make sure I spread the PB all the way to the edges and now they have no trouble eating crusts and especially corners! In fact my 3 yr. old begs for my corners. ha ha
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