When it comes to packing school lunches for my picky 3-year-old, it can be a challenge to make them interesting. With only a handful of meals that my child likes, I find myself wondering how many variations of a sun-butter and jelly sandwich I can make. To keep things exciting, I’ve had to get creative with how I present the same five options. I’ve discovered that my child loves themed lunches, and I’m sure many other parents can relate. With fall approaching, I’m looking for all the ideas I can get inspired by the season.
If your child is a picky eater like mine, it might be easier to incorporate fall vibes through seasonal snacks and lunch accessories rather than cooking entirely new fall-inspired meals. Most kids are creatures of habit and may hesitate to try a strange-looking meal in their lunchbox if they’ve never had it before. I also prefer to play it safe with school lunches to ensure that my child eats the whole meal and gets all the necessary nutrients for the long school day. Packing items that you know your child already loves, but presenting them in new shapes or adding fun elements, can help make lunchtime more exciting. In the spirit of the season, here are 10 fall-inspired ideas to get your child excited about their school lunch.
Cerebelly Smart Bars – Sweet Potato Banana Blueberry
To ensure that my child gets brain-building nutrients and eats at least one part of his lunch, I pack Cerebelly Smart Bars. The Sweet Potato Blueberry bars have the perfect fall flavor, and I love that they’re made from whole foods and have organic, veggie-first ingredients. It’s a win-win for both mom and child.
Sweet Potato Peach Smoothie Inspired Puree
This sweet potato and peach puree is a great fall-flavored addition for kids who love smoothies. It can also be used as a sandwich spread, added to pasta sauce, or mixed into yogurt. All of Cerebelly’s products are made with 16 essential nutrients critical for healthy brain development, so it’s a snack you can feel good about.
Fall Cookie Cutter Kit
Use cookie cutters to cut food into fall-inspired shapes like pumpkins and leaves. Try them with sandwiches, quesadillas, and other meals.
Halloween Cookie Cutter Kit
For kids who love spooky season, Halloween shaped cookie cutters can add a fun touch to their lunch.
Use cupcake liners to pack small snacks or fruit within a bento lunch box. It’s an easy way to make a boring snack more appealing.
Orange Foil Cupcake Liners
Orange foil cupcake liners are more flexible for packing smaller snacks and tightly packed lunch boxes.
Add candy eyeballs to any food item, and your child will be delighted when they open their lunchbox that day.
Fall Cocktail Picks
Use cocktail picks as fruit skewers for older kids. They add an interesting element and make it fun to pick up and eat their food.
Halloween Fruit Picks
These fruit picks feature five different Halloween designs and are great for adding a decorative touch to food.
Fall Leaf Sticky Notes
Add a special touch to your child’s lunchbox by including little notes. These fall leaf sticky notes are a hit with our preschooler and help him when he misses us a little extra.