For me, this can cause a slight headache and can be somewhat of a nuisance because he refuses to eat sandwiches. They could be wraps, subs, burgers even and nope, he won't touch it! So I resorted into putting some cold cuts, Ritz crackers (forget those Vegetable Thins and other kinds because they are gross, mommy!) and tons of fruit. I add a juice box, his water bottle (reusable, BPA free!) a Rice Krispies square bar and some raw veggies. Don't forget those apple sauces in the squeezable packs; I swear, they are like crack for kids! I sometimes include those little packets of raisins too. Surprisingly enough, he eats everything but he is at school all day and we got to work, which means he needs an extra afternoon school snack for the after school program. Sometimes, I even add Goldfish crackers too. I did sign him up to get monthly pizza and frozen yogurts (separate from hot lunch program). It's cheaper and the proceeds help with school funding. What do we do on the other days?
I am not the whole mom who goes on Pinterest and gets inspired by or copies bento lunch boxes either. I don't have time or patience for that! I did find some practical recipes on these sites (see below). I cannot follow any recipe that contains nuts as there are some kids in his class with allergies. So if you have a picky eater like I do and don't want to spend a lot of time making lunches (seriously, he has homework to do and I got videogames to play!) maybe these easy ideas would be useful or you could find inspiration from!
Also, since this whole going to school thing and being independent with his lunch is new, I wanted to make it fun for him. I was at the Dollar Store the other day and noticed they came out with Halloween stuff. Look at these cool sandwich/snack bags I found! I put some in his lunch and he came home today all excited. If I remember correctly, the Dollar Store also carries Christmas and Easter ones too. I think having fun stuff in the lunch entices his appetite too.
Parents/ Students: any ideas or tips you have that you wouldn't mind sharing?