When putting together children’s lunches, make sure you have a protein, some fruit, a veggie and a small treat that gets them through the veggie part. This helps touch all the major food groups a growing child needs while at school.
- Pack lunches the night before leaving more time in the morning to prepare a healthy breakfast
- Designate snack areas in the pantry and refrigerator for easy lunch packing and for the kids to grab when they are home from school
- Chop veggies when you have some spare time
- Always plan and have a shopping list
Quick Lunch Ideas:
- A wrap instead of a sandwich spices things up. Fill it up with grilled chicken and other vegetables drizzling it with a low-fat dressing
- A fish shaped tuna sandwich with lettuce on whole wheat bread with some veggies and whole wheat gold fish crackers
- Skip the sodium-packed Lunchables and make your own. Add a handful of crackers with some string cheese, veggies, blueberries and a slice of banana bread
Sides to Snack On:
- Fresh fruit
- Applesauce with no added sugar
- Nuts such as almonds or peanuts
- Cheese sticks are always a favorite!
- Veggies such as carrots, celery or jicama sticks
- For a treat, once in a while, homemade cookies are a nice surprise
For more school lunches and snack ideas, try these easy brown bag lunch ideas.
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