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  1. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista
    August 27, 2012

    Pinned it, and thanks for the Easy Lunchboxes idea, might have to get my hands on some:)


  2. Stephanie Woodward
    August 28, 2012

    Awesome ideas. My son is starting 1st grade this Thursday and we are venturing into the world of eating lunch at school (he’s so excited). So I’m super new at this…how do you keep the warm stuff warm w/out using a thermos? I have the same lunch containers, and I’m so super glad I bought them in May when I did. He keeps requesting grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, and hot pockets; I’m not sure how he will like them being cold. What do you do?

    • Heidi @ Mom’s Crafty Space
      August 28, 2012

      I think I’m pretty lucky in that my boys actually are NOT that picky about eating warm foods at room temperature, so I generally just send them as-is. The one food that they refuse to eat at room temp, however, is quesadillas. Last year we solved that problem by adding a hand warmer packet (like the kind that people use inside their gloves/boots in winter) to the inside of their lunch box (outside of the Easy Lunchbox container, but inside their lunch box). I made sure not to send any other food that needed to be kept cold that day, and it worked great! The quesadillas were warm, but not hot, and the lunch box actually stayed warm until after lunch time.

    • Stephanie Woodward
      August 29, 2012


  3. aliya wilson
    August 28, 2012

    Thanks a lot. I will definitely try these tips because unfortunately I’ve got two picky eaters too. Hope it works on him.

  4. Amy*
    September 4, 2012

    Great tips! My Picky eater makes packing lunches a real challenge. You just made my mornings a whole lot easier! Thanks for sharing :)


  5. Stephanie
    August 22, 2013

    Love the ideas :) Thanks!

  6. Daniella
    September 7, 2013

    Wow, you consider this a list for picky eaters? I wish my kindergartener would eat 1/4 of the things on this list!!!!

  7. sharon
    September 15, 2013

    Hi, great ideas! My friends son and my nephew are severely allergic to peanuts. Also most schools and daycares have banned peanuts. I wouldn’t send my daughter to school with peanut butter, but maybe an alternative like Wow Butter.

    Just an idea!

    • Heidi
      September 15, 2013

      I absolutely agree! Peanut allergies are very prevalent these days and incredibly serious. I’m actually surprised that there aren’t MORE schools in our area that are peanut-free. My children’s school still allows peanut products, but we often substitute sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) as well since my kiddos love it almost as much!

    • Erin
      July 30, 2014

      I would not send peanut butter to school, either. Peanut allergies are very serious. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for one of my kid’s classmates being hospitalized! That said, does everyone know about sunflower seed butter? It’s tastes very similar peanut butter but is nut-free. It’s an easy way to let your kid enjoy a faux PB&J while making being safe for other students. We eat sunflower seed butter all the time and it’s great! Available pretty much everywhere these days, too.

      • Heidi
        August 4, 2014

        I completely agree! Many schools are now going peanut-free, and sunflower seed butter (also called sunbutter) and almond butter (if allowed) are definitely delicious alternatives! My boys love sunbutter, so we eat that a lot, too. :)

      • Jennifer
        October 17, 2014

        Our school nurse says you can never guarantee your school is nut free. If we eat peanut butter for breakfast and I accidentally grab a lunch box with peanut residue on my hands and my child takes that bag to school we could unintentionally expose a child to peanuts. She recommended having nut free tables where children with allergies could sit and eat. Because hot lunch is an option the nut free table was always for the hot lunch kiddos too. Our kitchens don’t have any peanut products in them so it is safer to assume those lunch trays are nut free. Plus she insisted on hand washing the minute students entered the classroom and frequently throughout the day. We learned a lot about keeping a classmate safe last year and thankfully he was never exposed to peanuts at school! :)

  8. Johanita
    February 7, 2014

    Wow love the candy making idea. Going to try it.

  9. Alan
    April 4, 2014

    You say for Picky eaters – my eight year old daughter will eat 3 from your Main Dish list. You are lucky – having no idea about picky eaters. I need innovation – any good suggestions?

  10. Nadia Brunt
    June 28, 2014

    This is great! I will tweak it to my son’s likes and such, but it will let him ‘control’ his lunch choices.

  11. Ashton Shea
    July 6, 2014

    LOVE!! I’m going into the eleventh grade and I’m still picky. Loved the majority of these :)

  12. Sarah
    September 29, 2014

    I eat around 30 of the them.

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