Kids Pick: Favorite Packed Lunches!


Kids Pick: Favorite Packed Lunches!

Back to school time means prepping lunches for preschoolers through teens. From pre-packaged meals to bento boxes full of cookie cutter sandwich bites, kids have their favorites.

We asked kids from all around Knox County, “What are some of your favorite packed lunches?” and they responded with the following list of their most-preferred lunch items:

  • Lunchables (this was the #1 response!)
  • Plain turkey sandwiches
  • Ham or turkey on Hawaiian rolls

  • Mac and cheese in a thermos
  • Spaghettios or soup in a thermos
  • Chicken nuggets (cold or warm in a thermos)
  • Charcuterie board in a bento box
  • Prepackaged salad kits in the clear plastic bowl
  • Meatballs
  • Uncrustables
  • Dinner leftovers (especially leftover pizza!)
  • Mini bagel sandwiches
  • Apples
  • Danimal yogurt drinks
  • Goldfish crackers or Cheez-its
  • Tortilla chips and shredded cheese
  • Grapes
  • Trail mix
  • Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins
  • Fruit snacks
  • Oreos
  • Cheetos
  • Potato chips and Sun Chips
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Nutella snack cups
  • Dunkaroos
  • Carrots & dip
  • Takis

Overall, kids said they like to bring something that other kids find desirable and that they really love warm food in a thermos. But most of all, kids just love going to lunch because it gives them a break from classes and a chance to hang out with friends.  

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Tricia Hedinger
Hello! My name is Tricia and I am an associate professor in the Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology at University of Tennessee in Knoxville with specialties in stuttering and early childhood language. I am a mom to 3 girls, including 10 year old twins and a 14 year old, and a stepmom to 2 boys in their twenties. In 2013, my husband, Richard, and I relocated to Knoxville from Delaware. He grew up in NY and I in Pennsylvania. We love the small city feel of Knoxville, the proximity to the mountains and the fantastic community that surrounds us in our Farragut home. We spend our evenings and weekends on the sidelines cheering on our kids in various sporting events. My primary hobby is driving children from one place to another. I have a passion for anti-bullying movements, outdoor education and building support group networks around the world. I host a podcast entitled "Stutter Stories" to help share the voices of people who stutter internationally. I am a huge fan of thinking globally and acting locally. I am glad to be a part of Knoxville Moms and feel inspired when parents connect to take action for the well-being of each other and their children.


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