As the school year gets underway, it’s easy to fall into a rut with packing lunch for the kids.
Here are some tips to make school lunches a little more exciting – all while keeping them healthy:
The Main Course: Healthy Lunch Options
A twist on a school lunch classic, the sandwich kabob makes an everyday turkey sandwich more enticing for your little one. Simply place the ingredients for your sandwich on a skewer – turkey, lettuce, tomato, bread and all the fixes.
– A delicious kid-friendly version of a grown up dish. Just smooth peanut butter over a whole wheat wrap, then roll up a banana in the middle. Then slice to create the sushi rolls. Use sunflower seed butter as an alternative option if your child’s school is peanut butter free.
– Perfect for school lunch or even an after school snack, wrap cheese and sliced apples in a piece of turkey for a healthy treat.
– Who says breakfast is only for the morning? Waffles can be cooked the night before and are an easy treat and can be paired with an egg muffin for some protein. Just don’t forget the sugar free syrup for dipping!
Healthy School Snack Ideas
Snacks are just as important as the main course. Here are some easy, healthy options that pack easily in a backpack:
- Mixed fruits like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or frozen grapes
- Snack-sized veggies like baby carrots, sliced cucumber or peppers
- String cheese
- Beef jerky
- Dried fruit
- Plantain or blue chips
Overall, the key to making a healthy school lunch that your kids will enjoy is to keep it fun! A variety of colors, textures, shapes and flavors will keep them interested and help them finish their meal.