Do you ever find yourself wondering what you can pack in your kids lunch? Something different to mix it up? Better yet, something healthy and filling to get the through the day? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to explore the components of the perfect school lunch.
-Turkey or Roast Beef on wheat or multigrain bread. Slip in as many fruits and veggies as your child will let you get by with putting in there. Think Subway; lettuce, tomato, spinach, green peppers, etc. Skip the fatty sauces like mayo, opt for mustard instead.
-Sliced meat and cheese with crackers. No, not the buttery kind, the ones that are full of fiber like Wheat Thins and Triscuits. Add some hamburger pickle slices for and extra kick!
-Love Pickles? Try a pickle and ham roll up. Lay a piece of ham flat, spread low fat cream cheese, or a mixture of low fat cream cheese and mustard on the ham and wrap it around a pickle spear.
-Carrots and fat free ranch dressing
-Celery and Peanut Butter
-Apples Slices and Peanut Butter
-Whole fruits such as, apples, oranges, pears, bananas
-Baked potato chips
-Baked Veggie Chips
-Fruit Snacks, made with real fruit
-Low Sugar/Low Fat Pudding
-Sugar Free Jello
-Apple Straws, in the chip aisle next to the veggie chips.
-A piece of chocolate, dark chocolate if you can get away with it.
-Water. Every kid needs water. It’s the healthiest thing you can drink. If water isn’t something your child wants to drink on it’s own, add one of those sugar free flavor packets. It turns water into juice without the calories and sugar.
-Low fat milk
-100% Fruit Juice
Last but not least, a non food surprise! It doesn’t have to be big, or even something you do every day, but once in awhile these are a nice idea to keep your kids entertained at lunch. Just keep your fun surprises school friendly, you don’t want Johnny’s teacher to take his surprise before he gets home.
NonFood Surprise Ideas
-A note from you
-A joke, riddle or funny poem
-A new colorful pen, pencil, erase.
The most important part of the school lunch is to keep your kids full and focused until dinner time. Pick foods they will eat, or at least try to eat. Mix it up for them and keep it fun. No one likes eating PB&J for 9 months!