It’s hard to believe that another school year is beginning! With concerns in recent years over the nutritious quality of cafeteria food, more parents are opting to send their kids to school with healthy back-to-school lunches. Are you thinking about following suit? There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing kid-friendly lunches that will taste good and be good for them.
What makes a healthy lunch?
When making back-to-school lunches for the kids, the key is to keep things healthy, tasty and interesting. Here are some details to keep in mind when crafting your kid-friendly lunch menu.
- Make it tasty. Think about the staples that your kids eat regularly and give them a starring role in your child’s lunchtime. For instance, if peanut butter is a favorite, find ways of incorporating it into a variety of lunch options.
- Make it healthy. Of course, when we talk about the staples, we’re talking healthy staples. The less processed food you throw into the lunchbox, the better off your kids will be. Celery sticks, carrots and fresh fruits are great options when thinking about healthy snack foods kids will enjoy.
- Make it whole grain. Don’t go for processed flours and grains when it comes to kid-friendly lunches. Always stick to whole grains to increase their fiber intake.
- Make it affordable. Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean expensive eating. Stick to fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and other healthy staples that are not only enjoyable for your kids, but also enjoyable for the whole family. Purchase these in bulk to save money, and be sure to have healthy recipes and ideas on hand to put some variety into the back-to-school lunches.
- Make it fun! Get creative with everything, from the recipes you use to the way in which you package lunches. Find some innovative ways to make lunchtime an enjoyable and reenergizing activity for your kids, as they need the motivation to get through their classes.
Back-to-school lunch ideas
It’s important to infuse some variety into school lunches while keeping them healthy. After all, five days in a row of a plain peanut butter and jelly sandwich can get pretty boring. Here are some ideas to keep your kids excited about opening their lunch bags, while eating clean.
- Getting tired of PB & J? How about making some peanut butter and fruit roll-ups? In a flattened slice of whole wheat bread (or maybe in a wheat tortilla or pita), spread some peanut butter and add some apple slices or raisins. Roll it up and you have an easy-to-handle snack that is healthy and delicious.
- Hummus is a delicious, healthy way of incorporating high protein into your kid’s lunch. Include some pita chips, carrots or celery for dipping.
- Create your very own versions of “Lunchables” — include some easy-to-assemble ingredients like cheese, crackers, fruits, dips and meats and have the kids put their own lunches together.
- Don’t forget dessert and drinks! Water is ideal for kids, but you can add lemon juice for a nice flavor kick. Yogurt-covered raisins, pretzels, cereal trail mix and lunchbox muffins make for great dessert options for lunch.
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