So you have a picky eater. Yeah, me too. Which can make packing school lunches a bit difficult. My picky eater? He won’t eat sandwiches, doesn’t like lunch meat, turns his nose up to peanut butter and jelly, and pretty much vetoes any quick and easy lunch ideas I come up with. What he does like are hot meals and leftovers. I don’t even understand it!
I have been trying to come up with some new school lunch ideas for my picky eater all summer long. I compiled this list for easy reference and we will be trying them throughout the school year.
Before we get to the list, let’s make sure we have the right school lunch supplies. Here are some things that I have found useful in the past.
School Lunch Supplies
If you are going to be packing a hot lunch, you need a thermos to keep it warm. While you are heating up lunch, fill the thermos with hot water to warm up the insides. When the food is warm, dump the water, wipe out, and fill with lunch!
This metal sandwich container works just like the thermos. I use this for lunches like leftovers or warm sandwiches. It makes it easier to eat at lunchtime. You can also use this for non-hot items like salad or sandwiches to keep them cool.
I would never send my metal forks and spoons to school because they would never make it back home! Instead, I bought some reusable plastic forks and spoons to keep in their lunch boxes. If they get thrown away, it’s no biggie! They are pretty inexpensive and last a while.
School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters