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Five days a week the daycare center feeds our boys lunch. Thank goodness, because I’m not great at coming up with lunch ideas. I’m a big breakfast fan and have endless dessert ideas (don’t we all), but lunch always leave me hanging out to dry.
Most of the time when I’m home with the boys for lunch, like on the weekends, I end up feeding them what basically amounts to a snack plate. Come to think of it, I do this at breakfast often as well. I give them a little bit of several different things that (hopefully) rounds out to a reasonably healthy meal without a whole lot of effort.
With Easter approaching, I had the boys Easter baskets pulled out of the closet. In my lovely upcycling fashion, they’re really old baskets from Edible Arrangements I’ve received in the past. I think they look like and make perfectly suitable Easter baskets, so now that’s what they are! Conveniently enough, they’re both blue.
I decided to make the day’s lunch a bit of a “bento-box” lunch. For the record, the meals I prepare for the boys don’t typically include Cadbury eggs and Peeps. With Easter on the horizon, however, those things somehow find their way into our house. (I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being the guilty party).
Here’s what I pulled together: Celery and carrots, Honey Maid Grahams with peanut butter, grapes, and a Super Snack Pack Chocolate pudding. I tried to be a bit of an overacheiver and set up a little nest of Mini Nilla Wafers to hold the Peep cracking out of the Cadbury egg. So sweet, right? (Yes, at least for my stomach!)
I used Super Snack Pack cups, after eating the pudding of course, for the compartments of my makeshift bento box other than the single cup of pudding T gets to eat that held the Peep.
T doesn’t get chocolate pudding or Peeps often, so this was definitely a special treat. I picked them up from Walmart’s baking aisle (I snagged the last chocolate one) with this coupon while in search of a solution for my Easter candy cravings. I definitely give myself permission (probably more than I should) to indulge in a few seasonal candies this time of year and was on the hunt for my favorite chocolate eggs.
I’m always looking for more lunch ideas for the boys that are easy, a general healthy mix overall, and something the boys will eat. I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
Also, if you’re interested in more Snack Pack recipes, there’s a whole slew of awesome options to check.
T used to be such a good eater, but he’s following in the independent footsteps of so many (almost) threenagers and deciding he no longer wants to eat so many of the healthy things he used to love. Ugh.. hopefully it’s just a phase.