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Healthy Lunches for Preschooler with No Fridge and No Microwave

Title says it all! My son goes to a preschool with no fridge and no microwave. I need healthy lunch ideas. Thanks!

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You should get an insulated lunch box and put a freezer/ice pack in it. That will keep anything cool you want to - esp one that is big enough to line the whole bottom of the lunch box.

As far as microwave, I don't think any schools offer microwave options, esp preschools, but if you want to keep left overs warm or something, a thermos will do the trick.

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Most schools don't offer refrigeration or microwave.
Just pack your son's lunch like you would pack for a picnic or a play date at the park. If things need to stay cold, use an ice pack. If you want something to stay warm put it in a thermos!
You can pack ANYTHING he likes to eat: sandwiches, pasta, veges, fruit, cheese or leftovers, really just about anything.

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If you have a cold pack, there is a never ending variety of things your child can eat.

Left over homemade pizza slices (yes, kids will eat it cold)
Cheese and crackers, with fruit.
Peeled boiled eggs with melba toast, fruit
Sandwiches with nut butters, or meat or cheese.
Pita bread again see above
Hummus
Quesadillas
Cold chicken leg
Ants on a long.
Ants on a log. (Celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins)
Lettuce wraps
Chinese dumplings

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We never had a fridge or microwave as a kid, either.

Pretty much anything you'd take on a picnic could be packed for him. Just use a thermos when you need it to be hot and an ice pack when you need it to be cold. Juice boxes or boxed milk for a drink, fruit and veg, yogurt, sandwiches, crackers, cheese....for meals.

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You should get an insulated lunch box and put a freezer/ice pack in it. That will keep anything cool you want to - esp one that is big enough to line the whole bottom of the lunch box.

As far as microwave, I don't think any schools offer microwave options, esp preschools, but if you want to keep left overs warm or something, a thermos will do the trick.

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For most preschoolers there is only about 2 hours between the time they get to school and the time they eat, so really, they don't even need a freezer pack, but if having one would make you feel more comfortable, then get one.

Target usually has nice skinny ones in the $1 section during back to school time, in fact I think I just saw some there last week. Or you can get a harder plastic one, usually shaped like something, for a few dollars in the lunchbox section.

For my presschooler she is not allowed to have nut products at school so I usually pack a mini bagel with either cream cheese or jelly. I put little bowls of raisins, dried fruits, crackers, string cheese, yogurt cups, veggie booty, etc.

Other main course options are cold grilled cheese, jelly sandwiches, hummus and veggies, lunch meat, cold mac and cheese, and cottage cheese.

I rarely put a cold pack in my daughter's lunch and I haven't had a problem yet.

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Do they allow peanut products or does he have a peanut allergy? I would just do stuff that doesn't need to be refrigerated or heated up to be eaten. Peanut butter sandwich (if allowed), fruit (I figure it's not refrigerated in the store so it doesn't have to be kept cold in the lunch, especially if it is refrigerated at home), carrot sticks, celery sticks, applesauce, granola bars, juice boxes or water. Also, my daughter's lunch box comes with a pouch for a ice pack - I just put a frozen ice pack in there and it keeps everything cool enough. You can do that for things that really should be kept cold, like dairy products and lunch meats. My daughter's day care doesn't have a microwave either - there is a fridge but not big enough to hold every kid's lunch, so they do ask parents to pack an ice pack with the lunch to help keep it cool.

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I can't actually think of anything that needs a fridge or microwav.

I usually did dinner leftovers for preschool lunches.

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No ideas but I'd suggest getting containers now and packing food in them for your child to eat at home. It'll get him use to opening them on his own and eating whatever is contained in them. My granddaughter wasn't eating her lunch and it was because she couldn't open the containers and was too shy to ask the lunch room aid for help.

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