Like Lunchables, but Better: Mom Made Snacky Lunch

lunch on 11 Sept 2014: snacky lunch with ham, cheddar cheese slices, crackers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, apple slices and a tangerine
lunch on 11 Sept 2014: snacky lunch with ham, cheddar cheese slices, crackers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, apple slices and a tangerine

My kids have never had actual Lunchables, but of course, they’ve seen other kids with Lunchables at school. The interesting thing about Lunchables is that the concept is basically good: little finger foods that kids can assemble in different ways. Unfortunately, the actual Lunchables product is full of preservatives and utterly lacking in fresh fruit and veggies; nutrition is sacrificed for a long shelf life (as it is in so many processed foodesque substances). Luckily, it’s easy to make a Lunchables-inspired snacky lunch that is full of color, variety and fun finger foods. For today’s lunch, I included slices of ham and cheddar cheese with a stack of crackers and lots of yummies on the side: cherry tomatoes, half a sweet red jalapeño (strangely mild and currently growing in my garden), carrot sticks, apples slices, a tangerine, and a few salty nuts.

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