Ella has now been in a part-time program for six months and has started helping prepare her lunch boxes. This cute Rainbow & Butterflies lunch box idea was completely hers – making it a safe bet your kids might like it, too!
Even though this lunch box idea has a bit more candy than I would like, I know that Ella’s teacher is really good about ensuring the kids eat the healthy snacks and mains before they are allowed to eat the more sugar-loaded snacks (sorry for creating more work for you, Miss S!)
However, I find Ella, like most kids, gets really excited about the idea of candy but then when she’s given access to it, she doesn’t really eat much of it. This lunch came back with only the Smarties (a Canadian version of M&Ms) missing.
For me, the most important thing with this lunch box is that my daughter felt empowered and encouraged enough to make it (mostly) herself. We had a discussion about healthy foods to include and she was able to indulge her creative side by bringing a theme to the mix!
This butterfly & rainbow lunch box includes:
- Organic mango juice
- Apple-strawberry applesauce (we also use these re-usable lunch pouches for lunches, but this was easier for Ella to pack by herself)
- Butter(fly) chicken in the thermos
- Butterfly pasta salad (recipe below)
- Sliced kiwis & blackberries on a butterfly toothpick
- Smarties (M&Ms), Rainbow Marshmallow & a butterfly gummie
Butterfly Pasta Salad Recipe
- 1 cup farfalle pasta (bowtie)
- 1/4 cup small coloured farfalle pasta
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Salt & Pepper, to taste (optional)
- Diced vegetables, optional
Cook the pasta according to package directions, but stop cooking when the pasta reaches a chewy texture (“el dente.”)
Strain and rinse the pasta, then coat with olive oil. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Allow the pasta salad to cool in the fridge, which encourages the flavours to marinate a bit.
You can alternatively use a bit of Italian salad dressing in place of the oil & lemon juice.
I’ve also included a special butterfly lunch box note you can print & include with a special message for your child:
Does your child make their own lunches? If so, what tips & tricks do you have to make that job easier?