Healthy school lunch ideas that are quick, easy, and don’t break the budget are what is on the menu since Back to School time is right around the corner!
Gone are the days of the PB & J sandwich in a brown paper bag for lunch. Don’t get me wrong, I still do love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but noshing on one of those every day gets a little boring.
How can I make my child’s lunch healthier?
There are the obvious choices of changing out white bread for wheat bread or going one step further and using wheat wraps or flatbread instead. But, there are a multitude of ways that you can make your child’s lunchbox meal healthier than packing a pb&j, cookie, and fruit roll-up!
- Add some chopped fresh fruits and vegetables. Baby carrots are always fun and require no chopping.!
- Add hard-boiled eggs or leans meats
- Low-fat cheese stick
- Flavored water as opposed to fruit juices or kool-aid
- Dried fruit bars are a healthier alternative to sugar-laden gummies
- Crunchy nuts or wheat crackers are better than potato chips
- energy bites or granola bars are both great ideas for lunch
You don’t have to feed them tofu and yogurt, I mean unless that is what they want! But, just the tiny trades from sugary to nutritious food will make their lunch healthier!
The best idea is to involve them in the choices. If they pick, they are more likely to eat it.
Tips for Healthy Lunches
Through the school year, you and your child will grow tired of the same thing day after day. You don’t have to make a grilled cheese everyday! You can send so many different things, including ones that need to be warm OR cold.
Make it fun! A stainless steel lunchbox will do the job, but bento boxes are much more exciting. Even the most boring peppers and hummus seem extraordinary when framed in fun compartments.
Kids love mac & cheese, but the fact that it should be warm is sometimes an issue. Most schools have microwaves now that kids can use to heat their items, but a thermos or insulated lunchbox can keep meals warm for a few hours.
Pasta salad doesn’t have to be a safety concern when you are thinking up lunch ideas for school. Many schools also have a fridge for your child to keep cold foods in. Not all do, though. If your kid doesn’t have access to a fridge, simply pack their lunch box with an ice pack. The pack will keep things like chicken salad, egg salad, or any cream cheese dish at a safe temperature until lunchtime.
Veggies wraps come in pretty colors making them a neat alternative to sandwich bread.
We have put together a fun collection of gourmet school lunch ideas for your kids. You may even want to make a few for yourself.
You know, since technically we should try everything that we pack for the children, right?
You are your kids are going to love so many of these delicious back to school lunch ideas! PLease let us know which you are most excited to try.
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These cookie balls pack into a lunch box pretty easily!