If you're like most parents, packing your child's school lunch can be a real challenge. You want to make sure they have something healthy to eat, but you also don't want to spend hours in the kitchen every night. Here are five easy and healthy school lunch ideas from Little Lunches that will keep your child's stomach happy and their nutrition on point.
All you need for this easy lunch is a few slices of turkey, some cheese, some smashed avocado, and a whole wheat tortilla. Just roll everything up into a tight wrap and cut into 2 inch rolls. Serve with some bell peppers, cheese sticks, or fruit on the side and you're good to go.
Let your kids build their own mini pizzas or sandwiches with cubed turkey slices, cheese, crackers, and whatever other toppings they like. This is a great way to get them to eat their veggies if you let them top their own pizzas with things like chopped mushrooms or bell peppers, for example. Add some carrot sticks or fruit on the side and you're all set.
This is a lunch that can easily be made ahead of time and portioned out into individual containers for each day of the week. Just cook up some pasta, mix in some crumbled feta cheese, canned salmon, diced veggies like bell peppers, and your favorite dressing. Voila! A healthy and filling lunch that will keep your kids going until dinner time.
Sandwiches are an easy way to pack up nutrients for kids (and adults!). Use whole wheat bread for an extra nutritional boost and add some cream cheese, smoked salmon, and a few thinly sliced cucumbers. Serve with a small side of baby corn or fruit and you're all done.
If you're looking for something a little more fun (and festive!), try making veggie or fruit kabobs using skewers and whatever veggies or fruits are in season. If you're really short on time in the morning, you can even prepare these the night before and store them in the fridge until it's time to go to school. Simply thread chunks of fruit onto skewers and pack them up in an airtight container or plastic baggie. In the morning, add a yogurt dip on the side (plain yogurt mixed with a little honey) and breakfast is served! You can also cut up some veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, along with some mozzarella balls and you got a salad on a stick!
By: Jessica Facusse, co-founder of Little Lunches
1 year ago