Create healthy lunches for your kids in four easy steps (thanks Pinterest!) Break the lunch down into four sections and choose what your little ‘uns will eat for lunch that day–it’s easy-peasy and lets you relax knowing your children are eating nutritious lunches.
First Step: The Main Course
Pick a “main course” for the day’s lunch. Options include tortilla roll-ups, peanut butter and jelly, tuna salad, cheese and crackers, soup in a thermos, hummus and pita bread, turkey sandwich, pizza muffins, grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, bagel sandwich, or grilled chicken. Remember, these and the below options are just that–options. Feel free to add to them as you see fit!
Second Step: Fruits & Vegetables
Provide fruits and veggies to increase your children’s intake of each. Think applesauce or slices, raisins or other dried fruit, orange slices, a banana, snap peas, broccoli, watermelon cubes, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, celery sticks, and carrot sticks.
Third Step: Treats & Snacks
Give your kiddies a nice snack in their lunches every day. Ideas include cheese sticks, cheese crackers, a granola bar, pretzels, popcorn, graham crackers, cottage cheese, pudding, fruit snacks, chips with salsa, or a cookie.
Fourth Step: Drink
Don’t forget to include a drink, such as water, juice, or milk. Avoid sodas and fruit cocktails, and consider packing water in addition to juice so kids have something to wash food particles and juice sugars away with. This helps ensure good dental health! As for milk, think about subbing cow’s milk for almond, coconut, or cashew milk.
As previously mentioned, these are just ideas! Play around with them and see what you can make ahead of time. Throw anything pre-made in the freezer and thaw them the night before to save time toiling over what to pack the kids for lunch today. Have fun, and always keep nutrition in mind!