So it’s that time of year again! The kids are heading back to school (if they haven’t already). We’re mostly happy to send them to school but we’re dreading packing those lunch bags. For me, it’s always a struggle to figure out what to put in their lunch that will be healthy, easy and fun to eat and be nutritious. That’s tough! (especially after week 1!)
First of all, try to make something you can do the night before and let your kids help with making their lunch. Doing it the night before will give you more time and your kids can learn to make better, healthier food choices.
Try to use nutritious foods you know your kids enjoy. If you try to introduce foods they’re not use to then chances are they won’t eat their lunches.
For snacks, try to avoid those bags of chips and cookies and instead let your kids help create their own little baggies. You can find zipper bags with different designs to put the snacks in. Also make sure the snacks can be picked up and eaten easily. Kids are more likely to eat cut or small pieces of fruit than they would a whole apple.
Here are some snack suggestions:
Veggie sticks (pick ones your kids like) with peanut butter or hummus for dipping
Trail mix (you can check out my recipe)
Homemade “Lunchables”: use some non-processed cheese slices, whole grain crackers and some fruit slices (fresh or freeze-dried)
Fresh fruit: grapes, berries or any fruit in season (make sure they’re bite-sized!)
Mini muffins (check out my banana oat muffin recipe)
Remember to keep it simple. Chances are if you put small amounts of a few things they will eat it quicker than if you put one big thing.