- Homemade trail mix. The advantage to this one is that it uses little bits of things left in the pantry that can't be used for anything else — a few raisins, a handful of sunflower seeds, or banana chips — and the children can mix it themselves from ingredients I leave on the counter.
- An artichoke. Baby artichokes are ideal, because they don’t have a prickly choke in the middle, and children aren’t allowed to have knives at school, a good thing, in my book.
- Bite-size homemade peanut butter and cheese crackers. This was one of my favorites when I was little, consolation since my mother refused to buy the pre-made, packaged version. They are much, much better than the pre-made packaged version.
- Another piece of fruit, because gosh darnit, you can never have too much fruit!
- Homemade cereal bars. You can put these together in minutes the night before, tossing in whatever you like in terms of nuts and dried fruit. I don’t use a recipe, but this is more or less what I do. I vary the nut butter, the sweetener, and the add-ins, depending on what's in the pantry.
Do you add a "third thing" to your lunch or your little ones' lunches? What kind of snacks do you like in your lunchbox?
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(Images: Anne Postic)