When children are given the choice of foods they want to eat, I find that it is easier to get them to eat and enjoy the meals. I allow our children to select a recipe from the My Kids Eat books, (it helps when every choice is a good one!) For us, we place a lot of variety on their plates and whatever they eat, they eat- whatever they don't we don't stress too much about.
It depends on how often it is happening, if it is daily- perhaps ask if your child has a preference for foods to eat at school- remember there are so many fun activities and games to play instead of eating, so it may not actually be the foods in the lunch box, but the time allocated to eat it.
- Baking a big batch of banana bread, slicing and freezing individually will double as an ice pack and also keep it fresh until lunch time.
- Small easy to eat items are always a winner.
- Allow your child to select the foods they love.
In our house, we have dessert twice per week, we want to teach our kids balance, but that life is not about restricting but knowing the foods that fuel our bodies and energy. We have chosen the days according to our biggest 'sport' days- run club and nippers!