Hi I'm getting ready to start the 21DSD Jan. 1st. I'm wondering what I can pack for my kids lunches instead of sandwiches. My main concern is what won't spoil by lunchtime? I was thinking salads since my kids already love them, however I worry lettuce will wilt or veggies might go icky. I'm just kinda lost after the last 5 years of packing sandwiches.
We use a lot of deli meat. Mostly turkey and roast beef. My wife and I tend to take salads with us to work and we usually throw some turkey on those for our protein. The kids usually get 1-2 slices rolled up, some apple slices, home made apple sauce, or other kind of fruit. Both of my kids love olives and often take those. One loves tomatoes, so she'll take a bunch of cherry tomatoes for lunch with her protein. In general, they tend to get the same things quite often, but they don't seem to care much.
Other things we've sent to school for snacks and lunches are:
- Various cheeses
- Olives (stuffed, green, black, whole, etc.)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Various deli meats (we get the cleanest, sugar-free stuff we can find)
- Sliced apples
- Coconut flakes
- Homemade Dried fruits (we have a dehydrator and will dry all sorts of fruits and melons)
- Homemade Beef jerky
- Thanksgiving leftovers (chunks of turkey)
- Homemade apple sauce
- Homemade apple crisp
Basically, once you figure out things your kids like, just stick with it. Every now and then "surprise" them with something different. I've also found they seem more excited about mundane things when I make a big deal about how exciting it is to have something different
I hope that helps.