Lunches Your Children Can Make Themselves

It's great to teach your youngsters self-reliance as much as possible! And when it comes to feeding themselves, there are some easy lunches your children can make themselves that won't leave a huge mess in your kitchen or cause too many tears. Most of these are safe as far as the utensils your children will have to use to prepare them, so there shouldn't be any cuts or bruises.

A ham and cheese sandwich as a lunch for children.

Sandwiches are quite simple to prepare, even when you're young and aren't sure of yourself in the kitchen. Here are a few wonderful sandwich varieties your children can make that won't require them running to you for help every couple of minutes!

  • Peanut butter and jelly needs three ingredients and a spreading utensil. Be sure that the peanut butter is within easy reach and that the jelly is something you won't mind them having a lot of -- lower sugar is best, if possible, since youngsters tend to enjoy the taste of the jam much more than the peanut butter.
  • Deli sandwiches can also be made easy! Just buy pre-sliced cheeses, so there won't be any sliced fingers, and make sure there's some lettuce leaves rinsed for easy use. You can do all this the day before so your children will have it all ready for them.

  • Older children can indulge in grilled cheese sandwiches, which can be heated in a pan or over a griddle. (Microwaved grilled cheese is possible, but it's also rubbery and just not very tasty!)

Cheese and crackers is actually a pretty filling meal when you're a kid! Again, if you purchase pre-sliced cheese, they can break up the slices with their fingers or use a butter knife for more accurate pieces, if they're picky. Crackers should be tasty but nutritious; flavored Triscuits, for example, bring a delicious taste along with woven whole wheat for a filling whole-grain meal.

Microwaved meals can be terrible nutritiously, if you go for the $1 specials at the very end of the freezer section. However, if you hit upon a good sale for the more nutritionally-balanced frozen meals, stock up and let your children enjoy them as lunches! Usually, they're full of tasty flavors your youngsters can't resist, along with a good serving (or even two) of vegetables.




Comments (16) -

Concepcion Zayas
Concepcion Zayas
2/13/2013 7:40:38 AM #

Personally, the bread with peanut butter is what works with my children. It can be done quickly especially when they're rushing to school. Aside from that, I encourage them to prepare their own meals to have a sense of responsibility even at a young age. My son Colas even mixes bread with peanut butter and his favorite ube jam.

Francis Sinon
Francis Sinon
2/13/2013 7:45:23 AM #

I remember those times that my mother would make us our favorite ham and cheese sandwich with mayonnaise. Now I teach my kids to make their own sandwich and even make names for it. I love to see my kids eating fresh and healthy foods like these sandwiches with lettuce than see them eat those junk foods nowadays. I just remind them to be careful when using sharp objects, electric appliances and supervise them every now and then.

Mike James
Mike James
2/13/2013 7:53:01 AM #

Nothing beats a meaty sandwich with the cheese melting in you mouth and slowly savoring the flavors all togother. I buy those pre sliced cheese and I even add a couple of ham, bacon in my sandwich. I really see to it I buy those breads that are fresh and personally, I prefer going for the wheat bread and those with labels like "healthier." You just have to live healthy nowadays.

Suzette Jacalan
Suzette Jacalan
2/13/2013 7:56:30 AM #

Here in the Philippines, I make my children snacks when they go to school. I pack lightly and make use of bread and "palaman" as we call it here. I need to do this to save money and give a healthy snack in during their recess since I do not let them eat street foods here.

James Dahilan
James Dahilan
2/13/2013 8:04:39 AM #

Since me and my wife, Diana, don't really believe or trust that our children can eat nutritious foods when they go to school, we see to it that they got everything they need when they go to school. There's always the tendency of kids to go for those colorful junk foods so you really need to prepare their nutritious meals and teach them so that they would not be tempted to buy those unhealthy foods. We also introduce vegetables slowly to their meals by adding lettuce to their sandwich or burger once or twice a week. This way, they would be accustomed to eating vegetables in the future. Hope to hear from your own recipes and stories. Take Care

Kurt  earvin raypon
Kurt earvin raypon
2/14/2013 12:21:49 PM #

Peanut butter has been and always will be my all time favorite sandwich spread. The the taste of creamy peanut gushing to your taste buds gets you so hooked that you just cant get enough. Coupled with fresh milk or iced chocolate shake, it may  be the best homemade snack ever.

Ed Seco
Ed Seco
2/16/2013 9:51:37 AM #

peanut butter looks good. real good. plus, its very easy to do. my 5year old can do peanut butter sandwiches even his eyes are closed. lol. just kidding Smile

Paul Doyle
Paul Doyle
2/16/2013 6:41:09 PM #

Best if you toast the bread and mix it up with margarine or cheese. Love to eat those with  crunchy sounds they make and sometimes pair it with mayonnaise. Sunny side up type of egg would be a great partner for the toaster bread too especially during breakfast.

Antonio Beasley
Antonio Beasley
2/16/2013 6:44:33 PM #

I eat my sandwich in the morning with milk and it really completes my day. Gives me extra calories with the milk and I usually choose the fresh, low fat one to maintain my weight. We even have this unusual practice of putting powdered milk in our sandwich since it tastes like chocolate anyway.

Mike James
Mike James
2/19/2013 10:38:19 AM #

Hey ED, how many kids do you have? Making a peanut butter sandwich with your eyes closed is not a good idea unless your david coperfield, who can do that while sleeping. You should teach your children how to properly prepare sandwiches, how would you expect them to behave outside the house if they  can't even follow simple rules at home. What kind of dad are you? GRRRRR...



haha just kidding man Laughing  am i good or what? DO you have recipes you could share in relation to sandwiches? .

Leroy Hickerson
Leroy Hickerson
2/22/2013 12:47:32 AM #

Sandwiches are good choices for lunch if you're living a fast paced life. But it is not advisable to apply it to your children, they need to start eating vegetables and learn what a balanced diet is. They can get used to instant foods and may eat at fast food chains all the time because that is what they're used to.

Marcus Tarr
Marcus Tarr
2/22/2013 12:53:13 AM #

I love to experiment when it comes to sandwiches. I put lettuce, chicken strips, bacon and just anything I can think off that day. It also depends on how I feel and what I crave for that moment. Sometimes, I just dip my bread into my coffee and have mayonnaise mixed into the my sandwich.

Miguel Chaplin
Miguel Chaplin
2/22/2013 1:02:57 AM #

I buy those "zip locks" to pack the sandwiches my wife makes for my children. Its cheap and is very effective in sealing food and avoiding spillage into your bag. You can even reuse it if you like, you just have to wash and let it dry outside. Make sure you check it once in a while to check if it's still in good condition and is free from molds and safe to use.

Kathryn Woolsey
Kathryn Woolsey
2/22/2013 1:49:00 AM #

I like my sandwich hot and fresh. I toast my bread before applying my sandwich spread which would be a cheese either in chunks or those in liquid forms. In times that there would be no bread left, I would eat the cheese solely without any partner, maybe a glass of milk will do.

Jade Rolfe
Jade Rolfe
2/22/2013 1:57:33 AM #

My favorite snack is a glass of milk and a pack of OREOs. I fell in love with Oreo ever since I was a kid. I love their line that says "twist, lick and dunk." Nothing comes close to matching the flavor and satisfaction you get from eating oreos.

Leslie Dale Green
Leslie Dale Green
3/3/2013 12:10:18 AM #

When you're on a diet I've heard that sandwiches, prefereably wheat bread, with peanut butter is a good choice. Its because that wheat bread is of less calories than white bread and it is also a source of fiber making digestion better. Along with this is peanut butter, which is a good source of protein building muscles instead of fats. Well for me,I don't have any problems because I do love peanut butter so it wouldn't be a problem at all! =))

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