Your kids have been back to school for about a month now, and you’re running low on ideas on how to pack a healthy school lunchbox foods kids actually love. If your kids are picky eaters, it’s understandable why packing a school lunch is becoming cumbersome. You’re at that point where you’re looking for some fun new ideas. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s talk about some fun and healthy school lunches your kids will love!
You don’t have to be super creative to have fun with these. A cookie cutter in your child’s favorite cartoon character, Disney Character, or even animal will do the trick. Some star shapes or even hearts to help accent your masterpiece, and your child’s lunch will be far from boring!
Make Simple Substitutions
The trick to getting children to eat their food is to incorporate their favorites. This means if they like carrots make that the main ingredient in their lunches. Not a fan of turkey? Substitute it for chicken breast which is a great serving of protein for their lunches. These are all healthy options. If peanut butter is allowed, add some apple butter or even pumpkin butter to change up the old PB&J.
Salads Are Fun, Healthy, and Delicious
I’m not talking about the plain old lettuce salads either. I’m talking about the pasta salad with the peas, cubed turkey breast, and avocado dressing. Remember children need protein, good carbs, and good fats to have a balanced diet. When it comes to healthy lunch recipes for kids, the possibilities are endless, they truly are.
Meats Aren’t The Only Source of Protein
Lunches are meant to be balanced, and we know that not everyone is an omnivore. Here are some delicious vegetarian options:
- Avocado, tomato, and chickpea salad with hard boiled egg
- Lentil soup served with steamed tofu and seaweed salad
- Veggie tostadas
- Veggie quesadillas
Remember legumes and other vegetables are an essential source of vitamins and protein for your kids. Healthy lunches mean healthy kids!
Adding to the Lunchbox
Kids are sometimes finicky about what is found in their lunchbox. As parents, it’s our job to ensure that everything they need is in there, that includes, napkins, forks, spoons, straws, etc. But what other healthy options do we add to complete their meal? Some suggestions include:
- yogurt (in your child’s favorite flavor)
- natural fruit juice box
- fruit – bananas, grapes, strawberries, etc
- Vegetables – celery or carrot sticks, hummus, cucumbers, etc.
Fun and colorful lunchboxes will help ensure that your kids will eat their lunch. It will make your day when they come home and their lunch box is empty. It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by Pinterest images of amazing looking Bento Boxes. At the end of the day, however, it’s all about your child’s health and how you’re contributing to it. As mentioned, you don’t have to be an artist, but creative pairings will definitely make the difference.