Lunchtime Fun with Simple PB&J Bites

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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You guys.  THIS KID IS A KINDERGARTNER.  Seriously, I feel like I was just prepping to bring him home from the hospital and embark on this journey called motherhood.  We spent the last week getting his backpack ready, picking out our back to school clothes and purchasing last minute school supplies.  Cohen also got to meet his teacher, visit his classroom and take a brief tour of his HUGE school, as he describes it.  I have to be honest, I was a weepy mess that day he walked into school.  Anytime anyone asked me how my day was going or mention the word "kindergarten" my eyes would well up and I had to start thinking happy thoughts.  But the year so far has been great for him.  His teacher is amazing and I'm really impressed with everything his school has to offer.  After his first day at school, he excitedly told me everything and anything he could remember about it.  But the one thing he continues to tell everyone and their brother about is that his school has a "huge cafetorium!"  The kid is an extremely picky eater so it seems ironic that lunchtime is one of his favorite times of the day!

Cohen has packed his lunch at school for the past four years.  His preschool didn't offer hot lunch, so I knew that it would be a rare occurrence that he would actually eat school lunch.  But honestly I'm okay with that because I like to make his lunches special just for him.  It's like my own way to let him know I'm thinking about him in the middle of the day, especially since I can't be there.  I love to have cute lunch themes with all of his favorite foods. 

Before school started up last week, I hit up Market District (our local Giant Eagle retailer) to stock up on lunch items, food for breakfast and of course afternoon snacks.  I knew I'd be able to find everything I needed to make sure I sent Cohen to school with a lunch he loved!  Market District is the one stop shop for all things Back to School.  I took my time in each aisle, quickly filling up my cart with his favorite things.  If I couldn't be with him at school, I surely was going to let him know I missed his cute little face!  Soon my cart was filled with Jif Peanut Butter and Smucker's Fruit Spread for the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich, little bags of his favorite baked Cheetos,  Goldfish crackers for everyone in the family,  mini Oreos for his sweet tooth and Giant Eagle cheese sticks for lunch and most likely after school snack too.  But I couldn't forget his favorite Capri Suns to wash it all down before heading to Gym class for the day.  I love knowing that I can find everything I need whenever I shop at Market District!

As I mentioned earlier, Cohen is a picky little eater.  So I try to pack things that I know he will eat, but I like to present them in a new way.  He isn't a huge fan of lunch meat so PB&J is our staple sandwich.  However, I wanted to try something new and see if he'd still eat it.  I mean seriously, you'd think the same meals over and over would be a little boring, right?

PB&J Bites
You Need:
--One (1) slice of bread
--Smucker's Fruit Spread
--Jif Peanut Butter
--Rolling Pin

1.  Cut off your crusts and flatten your bread with a rolling pin.  You don't want it to be too thin, but thin enough to roll into a hearty sandwich.

2.  Begin by spreading the peanut butter.  

3.  Top it off with the jelly.

4.  Then, slowly roll it up lengthwise.

5.  Take a knife and cut the roll into pieces.  You can use toothpicks to keep them together, which also makes it for fun eating!

These bites were a hit with Cohen!  I was excited too because I personally was getting bored with packing the same old sandwich everyday.  Lola, who will eat anything, loved these roll up pieces with cheese and turkey.  The bite sized pieces are perfect for little fingers and fit nicely within the lunchbox.

While sometimes I will use bags to organize Cohen's food, I also love to use muffin cups in his lunch box too.  I usually stock up when I find them on sale and I like to buy them in a bunch of different sizes.  It's an easy way to sort the food and make sure nothing touches. (I know I'm not the only one with a kid like that!)  Clean up is simple and easy too because Cohen will just throw it all away when he's done.  Plus it looks super cute.  But in the scheme of things I'm really the only one who cares about that one.

We are slowly getting back into our school routine and I'm excited to see how Cohen grows this school year.  My hope is that he will love school and get everything that he possibly can out of this experience.  While I miss him like crazy, it really has been fun watching my little buddy grow up.

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What are your favorite go-to foods for Back to School lunches?


1 comment:

  1. I adore the last picture of your two hugging! So sweet. And talking about sweet, that easy pb bite is great! #client