That's a good idea re the seeds, thanks. I'll check with the school first (and may wait until next year to send them since, as a kindy kid, he isn't the most careful/slow eater in the world!).
And I love the pita bread pockets idea, I'll have to give that one a go! Any variation I can add in to lunches is sooooo welcome.
I also do the veggie sticks with homemade hummus idea but it goes down like a lead balloon. I still send it along once a fortnight in the vain hope that he'll eat them but they usually come home with a stern warning not to send them again. He reckons they don't have time to eat that at recess (unsurprisingly he never has this issue with something like fruit leathers or mini muffins!).
Some ideas I use:Lunch
- sandwiches, of course (Vegemite, avocado and Vegemite, the odd attempt at sneaking in a salad sandwich <- usually fails, hummus and grated carrot, hard boiled egg with the yolk removed and mixed with a v small amount of egg- and dairy-free mayonnaise)
- once a fortnight a "special treat" sandwich like jam or slices of banana with honey
- pasta salad: pasta shapes mixed with any combination of olives, diced red capsicum, peas, corn, grated carrot, cherry tomatoes, tinned tuna, etc, and with a dressing added, eg. balsamic and olive oil, hummus, lemon juice and olive oil, sometimes even plain tomato sauce Snacks
- organic dried fruit (we seem to have a few issues with sulfides in our family!)
- medjool dates
- Corn Cruskits (he likes having processed items sometimes, probably because most of his friends do, and these seem ok - ingredients are maize and salt <-- But I've learnt not to put anything on them because they go a bit soft or, worse, soggy)
- a little tub of cherry tomatoes mixed with a few olives
- mini fat-free homemade muffins (I make up 24, wrap them in cling wrap, pop them in a ziplock bag and freeze them - one or two a week lasts for ages, is quite healthy, and feels like a treat)
- occasionally, fruit "leathers" with nothing but fruit as the ingredients
- air dried popcorn
- soy yoghurt in a little tub
- polski ogorski/gherkins (he has strange tastes for a 5 year old!)
As an aside, I'm really struggling to counteract the broadly accepted "dairy is good" message sent out by schools, health professionals, etc. It's hard to explain to a little kid why he shouldn't have dairy when everyone around him maintains that it's absolutely necessary for a child's health.