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I almost can’t believe it’s August. I feel like I’m just getting into the swing of summer. There was so much scheduled activity at the beginning of the summer that we’re just getting to the relaxing part and BAM, it’s over.
I mean, here I was today, in Walmart, shopping for school supplies. School supplies people!
Anyway, while me and my sidekick were shopping for her school supplies, it hit me, she’s going to be gone all day! No big deal when my son started full day, but Nora is my baby. My last baby to head off to school. There’s something equally sad and thrilling about that.
After I had a quick “my baby is growing up” moment. I had a moment of panic. What on earth am I going to feed this super picky kid for lunch? Lunch time is tough enough at home but to think about packing up something that she will actually eat, well that’s a whole other beast.
As we walked around Walmart, I started racking my brain. This kid is picky and if her food doesn’t look good to her, AKA all pretty and exciting, there’s just no way she will eat. Have I mentioned she’s stubborn too? Well, she is. A kind of stubborn I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. Seriously. Fine, she gets that from me but don’t tell her that!
After a few aisles, I hit the cereal aisle and had one of those “Mommy AHA” moments. She likes cereal. I can give her cereal for lunch. Who says lunch has to be a sandwich? Not me. And who says cereal has to be eaten in a bowl with milk (milk, another thing she has sworn off)? Also, not me.
I let Nora pick out most of the cereal. I figure I have to let her have a say in some of it if this idea was to stand a chance. In the end we came home with HONEY MAID® S’mores, Shredded Wheat Frosted Cinnamon Roll and Cinnamon Pebbles™ (THE FLINTSTONES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera.(s17)).
I felt like I had to give this a trial run. Since we had family day at my son’s camp and had to pack lunches, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to see how it would go over.
I used handy dandy silicone cupcake holders to hold the fruit. Was it a bit much to match the fruit colors to each container? Perhaps, but I like little details like that. By the time the lunchbox was full I had vanilla yogurt, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, green beans, carrots and HONEY MAID® S’mores cereal.
Yes, surprisingly enough, my kids eat veggies like peas, carrots, broccoli and green beans, as long as they are raw and crunchy. You can substitute more fruit for the veggies if you have to.
Nora got up and saw me packing up for camp and asked what I packed her. This is usually followed by an argument. I placed her lunchbox on the kitchen island and waited for her to open it. She was surprised, excited and couldn’t wait to dig in. Literally, she didn’t wait, she grabbed a spoon and started eating it. So, yes, this works for a fun breakfast too!
This is how I am using Post cereal to create a lunch box for a picky kid. Which Post cereals would you use in your picky kid lunch box? Visit the Post Cereal website for cereals and recipe ideas! And for even more ideas using cereal, visit the #CerealAnytime Pinterest Page.
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Lunch Box Idea For A Picky Kid
- ½ C vanilla yogurt
- 3-4 strawberries
- ½ carrot
- ¼ C pineapple chunks
- ¼ C blueberries
- ¼ C green beans
- ½ C Honey Maid® S'mores Cereal
- Slice all fruits and veggies and place in separate, individual serving containers.
- Place yogurt and cereal in containers as well.
- Arrange in lunchbox.
- Don't forget to pack a napkin, spoon and/or fork.
Alternate options for this Lunch Box Idea for a Picky Kid:
Red – watermelon / raspberry / cherry / red apple
Orange – mandarin oranges / orange slices / canteloupe
Yellow – banana / golden kiwi /
Green – kiwi / grapes / green apple / avocado / honeydew / broccoli / peas
Blue/ Purple – blackberry / plum /
Sandi G says
This is such a cute post. I love all of those fun snacks you packed.
Heather Johnson says
What an easy lunch idea! I homeschool, but my kiddos and I still need lunches, and we often go out for activities and bring a bagged lunch.
Lori Bosworth says
I don't see why cereal can't be served as a lunch item; it makes perfect sense to me. You're lucky that your kids eat their veggies!
Don't be fooled, they don't ALWAYS eat them. But I'll take what I can get!
This is a great idea, sadly my picky kid is beyond picky. He doesn't like chocolate either?! What child does not like chocolate? Hoping to try some new ideas this year, will give this a try in some form, can't hurt!
Options are so important! Heck I want this lunch!
Marielle Altenor says
I just love that excitement look on her little face! Hehe, My son was the pickers of all picky eaters when he was 1-6. It was HARD!! Had to learn what he likes and go with that. Lunch boxes was a total fail because he wouldn't eat anything. Wish I had thought of adding some of his favorite cereals.
Juli Purcell says
The cereal idea is so great! It's something my pickky eater would actually eat! Come to think of it, I'd eat it too!!!
Such a wonderful way to organize the lunch box...great snacks in there!
Erica Schwarz says
LOl I gave my "baby" a driving lesson today. She starts high school day after tomorrow gawd. My almost 7yo starts 1st grade, and I know he will love these lunch box ideas!
How cool! I love it! What great ideas.