School is back in session! And that means the kids aren’t eating lunches at home anymore, so how do you ensure they get all of the nutrients they need to carry them through the day? While some schools are really good about making sure your littles get a well-balanced and healthy lunch, others just try to get kids through the lunch line as quickly as possible without a care of what is on their tray.
The best thing you can do if you’re not sure about the lunches your child is served every day is to send them to school with one. To help you give your kids a healthy lunch every day, a group of Farmington dentists put together this list just for you.
Turkey Spinach Wraps
Try these turkey spinach wraps for a lunch one day. You can mix it up by adding ham, or any other deli meat, and your child’s favorite cheese. Pair with popcorn, grapes, and cucumbers for a well-balanced meal. Check out Vicky Barone’s blog for other similar lunch ideas.
Fruits, Veggies, Meats, and Cheese
Try a little meal prep with these mixable items. Use cupcake liners as separators in a plastic Tupperware and let your kids help compile these cute lunches for the week. This will help them get excited about eating their healthy school lunch. Cube up meats and cheeses for protein, add apple slices, carrot sticks and a fun snack like goldfish crackers (or your child’s favorite cracker) for a great lunch. This particular lunch even includes littles skewers or toothpicks to eat the cubed foods with. How fun! See What Lisa Cooks for more of these meal prep school lunches.
Any pasta or salad lovers? Or both? Try making a pasta salad that both you and your kids enjoy and use that for lunches for you and them. Add berries, some veggies, granola bits and a hard-boiled egg to balance it just right. Go to Celebrating Sweets for more lunch box ideas that you and your kids will love.
Egg Salad Sandwich
It’s never a bad idea to stick with a classic. Sandwiches are great, and this egg salad sandwich lunch box will give your child the protein and balance that they need. Add veggies with dip and crackers, and even throw in a little treat like a couple M&M’s every once in a while to keep things interesting. Find more lunches that are easy for kids to put together at Hip Foodie Mom.
Roll up some bananas in a peanut butter-smothered tortilla. Add a favorite veggie, milk and cottage cheese (or yogurt) for some balance and nutritional goodness. For some more simple make-ahead lunch box ideas, go to Kristine’s Kitchen.
Get creative and come up with more fun lunch ideas of your own. Ask your kids for help with ideas and putting their lunches together for the week. Their involvement will only make them more excited to eat their fun, healthy lunches.