So have just hit our first quarter of school and I have been making 3 lunches, 5 days a week. I am bored and tired of getting sandwiches uneaten back home. I don’t want them to buy at school because I am not sure that is the healthiest option. However, as easy as I would love ot have a bunch of prepackaged snacks for them to throw together I know that is the not best option either. So I have decided to find more healthy lunch ideas that the kids will eat and I feel confident they are getting the proper nutrition. #popchips. all the flavor. half the fat.
Pasta Salad-– you can mix these up on a weekly basis and best of all you make it ahead of time and just scoop cold in the morning
Peanut Butter and Jelly wraps: break out of the rut with sandwich bread and roll up their PB & J sandwiches once in a while
Fresh fruit-– It is best to buy what is in season. Avoid the syrup laden jarred fruits. Hit the salad bar too if you want prepared fruit.
Fresh Veggies– Not most kids will eat raw veggies, throw in a single serve hummus, ranch dip or peanut butter container and you might be surprised how much they will eat.
Pretzel Kabobs–another alternative is giving the kids pretzel rods meats and cheeses, and havethem skewer their lunch.
Hard Boiled Eggs– I have not tried this yet, but you definitely want to peel them first. Throw in some other breakfast items and give them lunch for breakfast.
Leftovers from Dinner- If your kids don’t mind cold leftovers this is a great way to get them to eat healthy at lunch. Some schools even have microwaves kids can use.
Healthy Snack options:
POP Chips— My kids always beg me to purchase the indiviual bags of chips. I said no until I found PopChips sold in individual sizes. The kids can enjoy the traditional flavors of potato chips like sour cream and onion, BBQ and regular while only getting half the fat. Plus they use all real ingredients and take away any artificial flaovrs or preservatives.
Homemade Trail Mixes It is so nice to control what the kids are getting. Make a batch of Trail mix or Chex Mix and the kids will gobble it up. If you worry they will eat too much of it, store them in individual baggies they can just grab and put in their lunches.