Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to Make 2 Weeks Worth of Day Camp Lunches

Yay! You got your kids into day camp! That is an awesome experience they are going to love and help them grow as kids and humans. Hopefully, they will learn many great skills that they can take forward into their real life experiences.

Going camping (day camp) with the kiddos and have to pack lunches for them to go.
Sounds like one more thing you totally have time for, right mum? *oh sigh*

So NOT a parent that likes buying pre-made foods if I can avoid it.
And it is totally understandable honestly why some parents would in the busy-ness of things called life.

Here is what you can pack for two weeks worth of lunches/snacks for your kids. Nothing main made twice. Quite the shocker- I know. But it really is fairly simple, really!

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The only thing in the meals twice are things I know are hits like carrots and a cookie. The main part of the meal is totally different. Keeps them engaged with what they are eating.

You want something that you can throw together with a simple ice pack and have it be okay? I have done each of these with my kids and it worked out great. Talking about a 5, 8, and 10 year old. The worst critics of food in many respects but more than that, teaching them that they are eating for energy and have something good in every lunch.

Things that were important to me were to have things that I could put in all their lunches that was not only simple, but very nutritious with a little bit of naughty (sweets) in there! They will need their energy to be able to get through the rest of the day at camp.

And if they don't eat it, by the time we get home, they will sit down and eat it so they don't experience burnt out by the next day. Which is also why I vary what they eat each day.

If I could pack my entire fridge into my son's lunch- he would be good-- but this will have to do, and it did!

The Two Week Menu 

Day 1:
Banana
Ham & Tomato Sandwich
Pickle
Carrot Sticks
Cookie
Water or Lemonade

Day 2:
Plum
Boiled Egg (or two depending on kids)
Rice
Carrot Sticks
Cookie
Water or Lemonade

Day 3:
Nectarine
macaroni and cheese with cut up hot dogs
Carrot Sticks
Cookie
Water or Lemonade

Day 4:
Banana
Quiona and Black Beans
Carrot Sticks
Cookie
Water or Lemonade

Day 5:
plum
chocolate pudding
tuna sandwich
carrot sticks
Cookie
water or lemonade

Day 6:
BLT Sandwich
Chocolate pudding
Fruit
Carrots
water or lemonade

Day 7: 
Egg Salad/PB Sandwich
Fruit
Carrots
Cookie
water or lemonade

Day 8:
Lentil and Pasta Salad
Carrots
Cookie
water or lemonade

Day 9: 
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Carrots
fruit
Cookie
water or lemonade

Day 10:
Salmon Burger
Carrot Sticks 
Fruit
Cookie
water or lemonade

SNACKS AFTER:
* Fruit Snacks
* Granola Bars
* Homemade Muffins
* Whatever they didn't eat from their lunches (I do seriously do this)

I am hoping this helps you with planning-- even if you modify it or it becomes inspirational for you. The most important thing is that they are eating well while they are camping. There will be days you have to modify, rearrange, or subisitute something because let's admit things happen. Maybe like waking up 15 minutes before you have to leave because your cell phone dies. You are rushing to get them fed breakfast, get coffee, and get lunches ready at the same time. 

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