This is my son’s first year of summer camp and the first time he is routinely eating lunch on his own. Since I’m not there to see what he is eating, I’m trying to send food that he really likes. To make this process a little less time-consuming I wrote down foods he eats in the following categories, so I can just look at the list and pick out one or two things from each category.
- Protein (such as hard-boiled egg, sandwich, lunch meat rolled up with cheese, cubed tofu, cheese stick)
- Fruit (fresh or dried)
- Vegetable (sliced cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas)
- Starch/Carbohydrate (cheese crackers, fig bars, whole grain chips, cereal)
In the list above, I included a few examples of what my son will eat – your kids may be less picky .
Before camp I also took my kids to the grocery store to pick out some special ‘camp snacks’. I let them get some things I normally wouldn’t, such as organic dinosaur –shaped cheese puffs (priced as if they are made of gold) to make it fun at lunch time. My son picked out dried papaya, which I wouldn’t have thought of, and both of my kids eat it up like candy now. Nice to have another food to add to the acceptable list AND they both actually like it!