If you have school age children, then you probably know all about the smashed banana or sandwich in the bottom of the lunch sack. It doesn’t take long before kids start to get tired of the same old thing. Not to mention, if you were to take a peek into many children’s lunch bags, you would find they were packed with not so healthy items. So, what’s a parent to do? Here are some great ideas for getting your kids healthy, easy lunches that will keep them excited about “what’s for lunch today.”
- Keep it fun. Kids love to dunk there food. Carrot sticks with some ranch is always a good thing. They also love to scoop their food. A tuna or chicken salad scooped up with Fritos works great. Cut their food into fun shapes with cookie cutters.
- Use as little processed food as possible. Lunch isn’t a time for a high carb meal. Try to balance it out with high protein and other nutrients kids need. Avoid all the store bought snacks such as cake snacks (Ding Dongs and Twinkies), fruit roll ups, cookies, etc. There’s way to much sugar in these. Instead opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, or your own homemade low-sugar treats.
- Leftovers– Invest in a lunch box that will let you keep food cool or warm. Leftovers is an easy, healthy and yummy lunch that can be a far cry from the same old sandwich.
- Is your child a pasta lover? Try a fun pasta salad (even easier if it’s leftover from a meal the night before) in their lunch box.
- Use a thermos to pack healthy soups and stews. Once the temps start dropping, your kiddos will really appreciate some warm soup or stew at lunch time.
- Really think out of the box. Hard boiled eggs (already peeled) with slices of apples and cheese, healthy popcorn makes a great snack, yogurt parfaits, baked potato with toppings, leftover pizza.
So basically, anything your child could eat for lunch at home, he could eat for lunch at school. No reason for the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. Unless of course, they happen to like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day.
What kind of lunches do your kids like to eat at school? Do you have any ideas you’d like to share with us? Bring them on!