I love a good plan, especially one that delivers a great week of meals that bring smiles to everyone’s face. But when I get to the weekend, it’s nice to be more flexible. We’ve learned (the hard way) to have things on hand just in case we don’t feel like going out and don’t have leftovers in the fridge.
But the kids still love Snack Lunch – they ask for it by name. And really it’s just a little bit of this, and a little big of that, which all adds up to a well-balanced meal. Some call it scraps, or a smorgasbord, but we call it Snack Lunch.
I think they love it because they love snacks, so having a whole lunch of snacks sounds awesome. I guess.
So, this was our Snack Lunch this past weekend.
We mix it up every time – no Snack Lunch ever looks the same (and the element of surprise means more fun too). Here’s some ideas to include:
Vegetables: carrot sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, a little salad
Fruit: apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, berries, raisins
Protein: nuts, almond or peanut butter, hummus
Whole Grains: usually a whole grain cracker
Some days, when my preschooler is home while big brother is at school, we have Fancy Snack Lunch – which means we’ll get out the fancy plates and serve them up like fancy appetizers. She’s a big Fancy Nancy fan so this goes a long way towards her finishing a meal.
I know we’re not the only ones doing Snack Lunch, what do you guys call it at your home?