Snacks - See the picture at the left - fruit like bananas or apples can be 20cents to 90cents each or buy bulk raisins, apricots, figs, dates, prunes etc. I've seen all kinds of pre-packaged, pre-cut, fruit but I truly believe that our children can peel a banana or bite into an apple without much difficulty. I mean we could do it as children and they are just as smart as us! The added advantage of the snacks mentioned is that they don't require a lot of packaging so there isn't much waste to throw out.
For those that like to have fun in the kitchen there are cocoa snacks listed in the book or recipe below - no cooking involved.
1 1/2 cups walnuts (or other nuts)
3/4 cup raisins
1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa
Pinch of salt
Optional: coconut flakes for rolling.
Directions: Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the raisins and mix thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and pulse. Remove from processor and form into balls. Roll in coconut, if desired. Freeze or eat right away.
Lunch Meals - Leftover homemade pizza would be kids dream....at least my kids. Challenge your kids to create their own, special sandwich with themes like meatless Monday or Wild Wednesday etc. Change up the bread or for gluten-free kids use a lettuce wrapped sandwich. Start asking them what they want for lunch and to create their own homemade treats. There are some different rolls/muffins that can be made with cheese or other fillings to create a great pop in the mouth but healthy treat on the go. Make sure they have a protein of some sort to help keep them full longer. If school lunch planning is a weekly event rather than chore, the ideas can be endless....and it might ensure they actually eat it, since they created it!
Have fun, eat healthy and enjoy your kids while they are young....my 20 and 25 year olds make their own lunches now....most of the time :-)