It seems like I spend much of my time these days figuring out what to feed these kids and then shopping for and preparing the meals. It is never ending, because no sooner do I feed them, then they get hungry again! 🙂 And now that they are teenagers, it is SO MUCH WORSE than when they were younger. For instance, Thing 1, who is now 16, gets famished about every 20 minutes or so. Ack!
Weekday lunches offer an extra challenge, in that they need to be prepared ahead of time and transported to school without getting crushed, smushed, or going bad.
In our house, the boys are allotted one hot lunch per week, and the rest of the week they need to brown-bag it. In addition, I don’t make their lunches for them, they have to make their lunches themselves. We started that practice as soon as they were old enough to make their own sandwiches, probably around 2nd or 3rd grade. The great thing about having them make their own lunches is that I never have to hear any whining about what I sent in for them to eat. Their lunch is as good, or as lame, as they make it! My responsibility therefore is just to make sure I have options available for things that are quick and easy to make.
Lunchbox S’mores are an easy treat for them to quickly assemble. This classic graham cracker-chocolate-marshmallow combination is made using marshmallow fluff, so no campfire is required! The chocolate spread is a hazelnut spread called Nocciolata. I recently heard about this product, and initially thought it was just another version of hazelnut spread (there are several available now). But when we tried the Nocciolata we found that it is creamier and less sweet than the other spreads we have tried before. It was a hit with the kids, and it is our new hazelnut spread of choice. Nocciolata is also organic!
As you might imagine, Thing 2 had no problem devouring this scrumptious treat!
- 2 graham cracker sheets
- marshmallow fluff
- Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread
- Break the graham cracker sheets in half.
- Spread marshmallow fluff on one side of two of the halves.
- Spread the Nocciolata on one side of the other two halves.
- Marry the marshmallow sides with the Nocciolata sides.
- Place in a plastic sandwich bag to take to school!
Disclosure: I received a sample of Nocciolata to try, but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.